Robert “Bob” Norris, a Strawberry Festival icon, served as the voice for the Tennessee Strawberry Festival Parade as their official emcee over four decades. In 2009, Bob became the face of the Strawberry Festival when he appeared as the Grand Marshal in the parade. Bob’s involvement in the Strawberry Festival began in the 1960’s.
He first assisted in building a float for Robinson’s Drug Store, where he worked as a pharmacist. He began as emcee for the parade in 1967 and absolutely loved it from then on. Bob gave up the cherished honor in 2008 after he suffered a stroke.
Bob was a longtime resident of Dayton. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and a retired veteran of the Navy. Bob was also a 1953 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a lifelong pharmacist in Dayton. During his life, Bob was continually active in community affairs serving as vice mayor of Dayton. He had served as the president of the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and a trustee at Bryan College.
Bob was married to Kathleen Morgan Norris and they had one son, the late Steven Norris and a daughter, the late Robin Norris Lee. Sadly, Bob passed away on November 29, 2014 and is buried in the Buttram Cemetery in Dayton.
We are forever grateful for Bob’s influence and giving of himself to help make our community a better place in which to live.
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