Mr. Jack Edward Norris


Jack Edward Norris transitioned to his next life on May 6, 2024 after an extended illness. Jack was born at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York on February 24, 1962 to Loretta Crews and Floyd Norris Sr. Jack moved to Mansfield, Ohio as a youth and is a graduate of the Mansfield Senior High School, Class of 1980.

In his early adult years, Jack was a party animal who loved to travel to Detroit and other surrounding Ohio cities with his younger siblings Johnny and Candy where he would sign his signature name wherever he went “Shining Star” which he was.

Jack lived in Aurora, Colorado from the late 80’s securing employment with Unipac Corporation where he would meet his best friends, Tim Martinez and Jackie Burgess. Jack moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1992 securing a role as a slot attendant at Tropicana Casino for more than 20 years until he retired. The highlight of his job was when his cousins, Norris, Letha, Harriett, Dawn, Selina and a host of others would come from Brooklyn and stop by Tropicana hoping to see him working.

Jack was an avid photographer and he owned quite a few nice cameras. Any event he attended, the camera was with him to capture all of the moments. You could always call him after an event and he would send you pictures. He also created photo collage frames for his walls where each one of his siblings and nieces and nephews had their own frame which included their family.

Jack never met a stranger, and created numerous friends stretching from Ohio, Colorado and New Jersey who he remained in close contact with. One thing about Jack, he loved dressing well and smelling good. He actually thought he was a model in many of his photos. Jack loved all of his nieces and nephews as if they were his own. To know Jack was to love him as he would give you his last if you needed it. He may curse you out, but you would have it. Standing at 6’6 feet he was a gentle giant who will be missed. Jack accepted Christ in his life as a child, and recently recommitted himself. His mom and the pastor of his church were extremely surprised when he would take over their prayer sessions as he was excited about God.

Jack joined Ancestry DNA where he would meet his biological father’s family, the Culmers. He was so excited to find out that he had a niece, a brother and a host of cousins all over the country including the Bahamas where they are from. Over the past year, Jack would meet with his family members every Wednesday and would spend hours discussing family and getting to know one another.

Jack is survived by his mother, Reverend Loretta A. Norris; brothers, Kevin Crews, Mays Landing, NJ; Anthony (Diane) Norris, Mansfield, OH; John Norris, Hopkinsville,KY; Montez (Tara) Norris; Columbus OH; sisters, Candace Norris, Tampa Fl; Tilvada Norris, Columbus, OH and Erica Norris, Mansfield, OH, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews; his special friends, Jose’ Zayas, Danny Ramirez, Nadine Blackwell; childhood best friend, Jeanette Lutrell-Corbin; special cousin, Mercedes Holmes; and his nephew, Eric M. Murphy whom he was very close to.

Jack is preceded in death by his father, Floyd Norris Sr.; his biological father, Edmund Culmer; brother’s, Floyd Norris Jr., Kenneth Norris and Leon Culmer.

Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Friday, May 17, 2024 at Greater Mitchell Chapel AME , 182 S. Adams St.. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, MANSFIELD CHAPEL,753 McPherson St. (formerly Williams Funeral Services). To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Norris Family, visit

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  1. Dashawn Luttrell

    You will be greatly missed Jack! Prayers and condolences to the Norris Family.

  2. Christine Canada English

    Sorry for your loss my heart goes Norris family…and specially his mother one of the strongest women.i know..may he rip…

  3. Heartfelt condolences and prayers are being extended to the entire Norris family. We pray all your precious memories will help to lighten your hearts in the days to come.

    Rosie Jean, Elaine, Burke Jr, Clarence & Carmen

  4. Pebbles Luckie-Spikes

    Condolences to Ms. Loretta, Candy and the rest of the family! Praying Gods Comfort and Healing Peace.

  5. Twyla Deneil Wilkins Hood

    What a Guy to remember! When we saw each other it was always much laughter. Rest In Love. My Sincere Sympathy and Prayers all around.

  6. Condolences and prayers to the family. I first met Jack, Candi, Johnny and Anthony when the family lived on Harker Street, although not biological related, I considered he and his siblings as family;Loretta became my big sister. Jack will be dearly missed. I pray God bring the family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  7. I’m still in disbelief!!!…My friend Jack. May God provide strength and comfort and healing to his family. I love you all and may God be with you . Fly high Angel ❤️❤️

  8. Angela Hawthorne Mosier

    My deepest sympathy to the Norris Family. Sending prayers of strength and love.


  10. Jackie Burgess

    I will truly miss my best friend/brother, but will always cherish all the memories in my heart. RIP Jack. My condolences and prayers to the Norris family.

  11. It’s so hard to write condolences on my little big brother, I will miss you. Rest we will see each other again.

  12. Pixie n Family

    The Norris Family,
    Deepest love to you all. Jack was my friend and classmate. Have tons of memories of our school years. Fly high my friend and keep that dapper apparel going on in heaven. Know your smiling big time in that paradise.

  13. So sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to the family. Love yall. ❤️

  14. Mercedes and Family


    Aunt Loretta and Family,
    At this moment I can’t find the words to describe the loss I know you all are experiencing . I will miss the conversations and laughter we shared. It’s been a long journey, one we all will take, I just thank God for sharing your presence with me in this life.

  15. Ms. Lizzie Petty

    To the Norris family you are in our prayers,and we pray your strength. Always remember that the Lord has his arms around you , and he will see you through. From our hearts to you Lizzie,Bo, Charlene, Ruby and the Petty family

  16. Opal Gordon-Gueye and Family

    Sending prayers and condolences to Anthony and family.

  17. Jack you will be missed. You were more then a friend you were family. May you rest in peace and you are definitely shinning right now in heaven.
    Till we meet again.
    Jose, Jenny, Jennifer & Jeff and Jillian & Eddie Zayas

  18. Sending love and condolences to the Norris Family. I’ve known the Norris family since childhood, we were the” neighborhood block kids” and becamae neighbors again in our senior years, living across the street from one another. May God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. To the Norris family…May God give you comfort and peace as you endure this difficult time…Keep looking to the Hills from whence all your help comes from..Rest well Jack ♥️

  20. Perrise Chapman

    Praying for family and friends in Jesus name. Jack will be greatly missed….

  21. Monica K. Harris

    My sincere prayers and condolences to each of you during this time. Jack will definitely be missed. Fly high sir. Job well done.

  22. Brenda Feagin

    Condolence and prayers to the Norris family.

  23. Quinton Holmes and Family

    To Aunt Loretta and family,
    It is heart breaking to note this loss of kin. Today we share in the grief of our beloved family member, but tomorrow we’ll share in the joy that his life brought to many. Much love and condolences, Quinton, Adrienne, Rosalind, Isadora, and Isaac

  24. James and Britney Williams

    Sending our love and praying for your family ❤️

  25. Sincere condolences to the Norris Family. May GOD less all of you and keep you in his comfort

  26. Patricia Harris Pride

    My condolences and prayers to the Norris Family.

  27. Reggie & Colette Hayes and Family

    To Cousin Loretta and Family

    To know Jack was to know what happy, joyous, fun, caring and love was. He truly was a great man and friend. I pray all those memories he captured with his camera lens will live on and bring happiness to all the lives he has touched. Gonna miss you Big Jack. Rest in Glory.

  28. Mandisa Coleman

    He always called me Mayodesha I meet jack working with my mom Nadine Blackwell at trip when I was 15 an he has always been a phone call away Jack is a loving an caring person an he will be deeply missed

  29. Nadine Blackwell

    Boy,this is hard.Don’t know what to say,now I have no one to argue with yelling at me for not knowing nothing about my iPhone But!! I’m learning Jack Norris,I’m learning lol I’m gonna miss you so much waiting to hear from you .I can’t call you but will be still talking to you all the time.To the Norris and Culmer family, I am so so sorry for your loss may God give you strength to continue to carry on .Will continue to keep you in my prayers Nadine Blackwell

  30. Tarita Harris Toe Toe

    To the entire Norris family I am so sorry for your loss Jack was a sweet man to me and always kind to me plus he didn’t meet no strangers he will be definitely missed prayers & strength to u ALL stay strong

  31. Sylvia Boyd & Family

    Sending out Condolences and Prayers to the Family.

  32. Karen Youngblood & Lawhorn Family

    My sincere condolences to the family. May God comfort you during this time. Rest peacefully, Jack …you will be missed.

  33. Teresa James "Leech"

    To the Norris Family, words cannot express the love I have for this family. We all be up together! Where there was laughter Jack was in the middle! Everyone had a nick name!
    I spoke with Jack a couple of months ago! He found a family that may have family ties with my husband!
    We laughed just like old times.
    I’m praying even now that God will heal your broken hearts!
    Our family was out of the country during the services, I’m sorry I couldn’t give you all a big hug!

  34. To Jack’s family friends and loved ones! I would like to give my sincere condolences!! Jack was a really good friend of mine. He will be Deeply missed! but never forgotten.

    Trop family

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