Don Wyckoff Norris

February 12, 1949 - March 24, 2024
Don Wyckoff Norris

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Don Wyckoff Norris, born on February 12, 1949, in Jacksonville, NC, passed away on March 24, 2024 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice care in Wilmington, NC, at the age of 75.

After graduating from New Hanover High School in 1967, Don proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1968 to 1972. Don dedicated many years to his profession as an electrician and was the Head of the Electrical Department at UNCW when he retired in 1999. He also served his community as a member of the Winter Park Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

He is survived by his beloved wife and High School Sweetheart, Beth McKellar Watkins Norris, stepson Chad Watkins and his girlfriend, Melanie Kelly; stepdaughter Erin Watkins Cohan and her husband Jason Cohan along with their children Jason and Joshua. Don was a proud Father figure to his stepchildren and Grandfather “Papa Don” to his Grandsons. He enjoyed spending hours teaching the Grandsons how to use hand and power tools in his shop, archery, cooking waffles and cupcakes, and countless other projects the three of them dreamed up, including “lawn skiing” and “Hurricane” on the hammock.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Howard Don Norris and Dorothy Wyckoff Norris, his brother George Norris, half-brother Earl Norris, and half-sister Beryl Norris.

There are no services planned, but his memory will be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

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Care entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 11535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.

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  • April 14, 2024
    Colette LaCaruba says:
    We were former neighbors on Brookwood Avenue and loved Don! He was kind and filled with good stories. I worked at UNC-W as well and it was always a pleasure to see him on campus! Craig & Colette LaCaruba

  • March 27, 2024
    Debbie and Tony Musolino says:
    Beth and family, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I will remember him as so friendly and always smiling. Praying for you during this extremely difficult time. Much love,

  • March 26, 2024
    Sherry W. Kittrell says:
    Don was a true gentleman. I am proud to have known him and call him "friend." He was and still is a great inspiration to my niece, Erin and nephew Chad as well as a hero to my great nephews Joshua and Jason. They will never forget their Papa Don. Rest in peace my friend.

  • March 26, 2024
    Robert Van Note DC says:
    I had the pleasure of knowing Don for over four decades as a patient of mine. I also had the pleasure of knowing his mom,dad and brother before they passed. I have many memories of the moments that we have shared together over the decades.He is now with the Lord but will not be forgotten.

  • March 26, 2024
    Lucy & Gary Rowe says:
    We are so sorry to learn of Don's passing. He was a valued member of WPVFD for many years and an all around great person. Wishing all of his family peace and light at this difficult time.