Pastor Norris Edward Doddridge was born in Traskwood Arkansas on October 13, 1928. His Lord called him home December 31, 2019.
He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and Air Force Reserve. He retired as a machinist at Reynold's Metal. He surrendered to the call to preach at the age of 28, established a jail ministry and a radio ministry, preaching three jail services a week, before Sunday morning services at his church. He pastored from 1957-2013 and forty years of those years were at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas, and would fill in the pulpit for his son, Pastor Michael Doddridge when needed. We are a living legacy of a pastor who loved his flock and always felt it a privilege and honor to pastor his flock. Norris took his calling very seriously, never wandering from the right, nor the left. He fought a good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith. Henceforth this is laid for him a crown of righteousness, which The Lord, the Righteous Judge shall give him at that day, and not to him only, but unto all of them that love His appearing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry & Della Doddridge Sr., one sister Geraldine (Doddridge) Benedict, three brothers Harry Doddridge Jr., Eugene Doddridge, and John Doddridge. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (DuVall) Doddridge; one son Michael Doddridge; two daughters, Anita Cox, and Cathy Acord (Gary); one stepson, Ray Love; three sisters Mildred Bradshaw, JoAnn Whitlock, and Mary Lou Wahl; 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton (501) 315-4047. A time of visitation and remembrance will begin an hour prior to service time at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Traskwood Cemetery in Traskwood.
Pallbearers are Tracy Jackson, Jim Doddridge, Dan Doddridge, Rick Davis, Keith Hunter, and Jeremy Acord. Honorary Pallbearers are Roger Love, Pedy Whitlock, and Drew Ruff.