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Norris Lee Hoyt

Odell, Wilbarger County, Texas, USA
Death 16 Jan 2013 (aged 90)
Burial Groom, Carson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 103781359 · View Source
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GROOM — Norris Lee Hoyt, 90, of Groom died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in United Methodist Church of Groom with Todd Dyess, pastor, and Ken Haney, chaplain of Interim Hospice, officiating. Burial will follow in Groom Cemetery. Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Home of Clarendon.

Norris was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Odell to Carl and Lillian Hoyt. They moved to Groom when he was 2. Most of his life was spent in and around Groom, a community he loved, with minor absences, when his family followed work elsewhere or he stretched his wings as a young adult. He attended Groom schools.

Norris served his country with honor during World War II. He was a soldier in the Army in the 351st Infantry, 88th Division of the Blue Devils. He served in North Africa and Italy. He was highly decorated, earning the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, European Theater Badge and Good Conduct Medal. He was inducted into the Panhandle Veterans Hall of Fame in 2010.

When his time in the service was completed, he returned home, working
wherever he could. He learned to cook in the Army ,and operated several restaurants in the area, including Gaithrights of Amarillo and the Western Bowl Restaurant. He married Allie in 1961.

They soon returned to Groom, where he worked for Producers Utilities Co. He retired in 1988 and took on the role of the local handyman. He spent his days spoiling his grandchildren and indulging his wife, Allie.
Material things were unimportant to him.

Norris was the kind of man who commanded respect, but knew how to have a good time. He and his wife Allie, welcomed people into their lives and treated all like family, kin or not. Many children called him, PaPa. Above all things, he loved his family and his friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Allie; a son, Jim Burton; a brother, James Hoyt; and his parents.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Burton; two brothers, Herbert Hoyt of Sacramento, Calif., and Leonard Hoyt of Amarillo; his grandchildren, Melody and David Miller of Kuna, Idaho, and April and Brandon Jones of Amarillo; and his great-grandchildren, Jerome and Cedar Miller of Kuna and Taylor James Jones of Amarillo.

The family suggests memorials be to United Methodist Church of Groom, P.O. Box 489, Groom, TX 79039; or City Park Playground Equipment Fund, in care of City of Groom, P.O. Box 217, Groom, TX 79039.

Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 19, 2013




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