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Joseph “Joe” McGinnis

09/18/1943 ~ 09/18/2018

Services will be held: 09/22/2018

Joan Montague

Joan Holder Montague

02/03/1933 ~ 09/10/2018

Services will be held: 09/21/2018

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John Richard Taylor

7/11/1971 ~ 09/14/2018

Services will be held: 09/21/2018


Naomi Stokes Crumpler

05/15/1929 ~ 09/16/2018

Services will be held: 09/19/2018


Augustus Marion Jones, Jr.

02/27/1932 ~ 09/12/2018

Services will be held: 09/18/2018

Thomas Conyers

Thomas Dylan Conyers

06/23/1991 ~ 09/10/2018

Services will be held: 09/19/2018

Thomas Dillon

Thomas “Bud” Dillon

02/25/1930 ~ 09/10/2018

Services will be held: 09/16/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Carrie P. Carter

12/14/1921 ~ 09/10/2018

Services will be held: 09/12/2018

Christopher Charles Norkus

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12/25/1949 ~ 10/10/2017

Whispering Pines – A Christmas baby and delight to his Catholic mother and father, Chris graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh and UNC Chapel Hill.  His career in telecommunications spanned more than 30 years.

Chris’ joy of life stemmed from his love of nature: fishing, bonsai, growing trees to share, finding flat rocks to build pathways through his garden, teaching Tai Chi Chih and sharing all this with wife, Karen.  Every day of his life was spent trying to be a better person…and a better golfer.

Chris was the initiating founder of Toastmasters Club of The Sandhills.  He was a dedicated member of Toastmasters International during his life. With others, he created the Gavel Club in Pinehurst for young people.  It was his way of paying forward the mentoring he received from Toastmasters as a young man.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Karen Peacock Norkus, son Christopher Conan Norkus of Utah, brothers John J. Norkus (Betty), Charles T. Norkus (Becky), Joseph M. Norkus (Mary) and 19 loving nieces and nephews.

Chris made us laugh.  He made a lasting difference in the lives of friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances by his positive way of living.  He was and will continue to be a glorious gift to our lives.

Memorials may be made to The Nature Conservancy and Sandhills Area Land Trust.




  1. Linda powell

    very sorry for your loss,our prayers will be with you and your family

  2. Barbara Allen

    So sorry for your loss of a dear family member. Losing a loved one in death can be almost unbearable. The comfort that God gives is what can get you through this difficult time. His promise is that soon “death will be no more” (Revelation 21:4) Our loved ones who have died will be brought back to life that is God’s promise. ( Acts 24:15) That’s a promise you can hold on to.

  3. Deloris s williams

    So sorry for your loss.The Bible says at 1Corinthians 15)26 and the last enemy,death is to be brought to nothing.Hope reading this scripture will bring you and your family some comfort.For Bible questions please visit http://www.jw.org

  4. Bob & Tina Ganis

    Chris was our dear friend; we are greatly saddened by his loss. He had a big heart, a generous disposition, and positive outlook. We always wanted to be around him, to enjoy his sense of humor and quick wit. He leaves both a void and a legacy. He was caring husband and father. We extend our deepest sympathy to Karen and all his family.
    Bob &Tina Ganis

  5. Sandy and Bob Rudolph

    We were so very saddened to hear about Chris. He was a very special person. All of our sympathy to Karen and family.

  6. Trish Harris

    We had just met Chris this year as we became new neighbors. I often saw Chris walking as I did-around the lake in the early mornings. He always spoke and had such a nice voice. Now having read his obituary-I imagine he was good a projecting a resonant voice that held a lot of personality.
    Chris brought to our family some figs this summer. It was just a very nice thing to do. They were beautiful, perfect, so fresh.
    The last time I saw Chris I told him I hoped my husband Gates and I could have he and Karen over to sit in front of a fire in our backyard. We wanted to get to know him better, and still feel this way about Karen.
    God bless your entire family. He clearly was loved and will be sorely missed.

  7. Cathay Campbell

    Karen, I was shocked to hear about Chris my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Deborah Sholes

    My family of 7 grew up with all the Norkus’s. We all played sports in neighborhood and went to school together. I remember Chris as being so smart and good-looking… The whole family of boys spent many of days at my house. So sorry for this loss…

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