Tillie Norris
Tillie Norris 
Of Waltonville 
Killed By Train 
Freight Train Strikes Truck 
on Crossing North of Village

Mrs. Tillie Norris, 57, was killed at 10 o'clock this morning when a 
small pick-up truck she was driving was struck by a C.B. & Q. freight 
train at a private crossing a half mile north of Waltonville. The train 
carried the truck about 100 feet south of the crossing, where the truck 
went down an embankment. Mrs. Norris remained in the truck cab after the 
crash. Dr. J.W. Wells was called to the scene and pronounced her dead 
upon arrival. Coroner Ben Roeder was told that Mrs. Norris stopped her 
truck and was waiting at the double-track crossing while a north-bound 
freight train passed by She then drove up on the south-bound "extra" freight. 

Husband Killed 

Mrs. Norris, who resided on a farm a half mile west of Waltonville, was 
the widow of Stanley Norris, who was killed several years ago in a shotgun 
accident. Mrs. Norris was a highly respected resident of the community 
and her tragic death came as a shock to her many friends. The body was taken 
to the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville. Funeral arrangements were incomplete 
early this afternoon.

Mrs. Norris is survived by two sons, John Harrison Norris of Waltonville, 
with whom she lived, and Irvin Norris, of Tennessee; three brothers, Bryan and 
Orville Dycus of Mt. Vernon and the Rev. Ernest Dycus of Granite City, Ill.; 
and two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Howard of Mt.Vernon and Mrs. Paul Sulcer of Waltonville.

Rites Thursday 
For Tillie Norris

Funeral services for Mrs. Tillie Dycus Norris, who met a tragic death as the 
result of a train-truck collision at Waltonville yesterday morning, will be held 
at the Waltonville Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. 
The services will be conducted by the Rev. Ruth Martin of Fairfield.

Mrs. Norris was the daughter of John A. and the late Elizabeth Walker Dycus, and 
was born April 23, 1892. She was united in marriage with Stanley W. Norris, to whom 
she was a loving and faithful companion, until his tragic, accidental death on 
Nov. 16, 1939. To this union were born two sons, Irvin Stanley Norris and 
John Harrison Norris. Since Mr. Norris' death. Mrs. Norris and her younger son have 
operated their farm, with efficiency and success. Her first thought had always been 
for the welfare of her two sons, and her little granddaughter, whom she adored. 
Mrs. Norris was united with the Minson Methodist church when a young girl and was 
organist for the church for many years. She was also a successful school teacher in 
the rural schools fo this county for several years. She was a member of the Order of 
Easter Star, and Royal Neighbors lodges, and numbered her friends by her acquaintances. 
Her home was a bright and cheerful place where her relatives and friends loved to meet, 
and where they always found a hearty welcome. She was a kind and gracious neighbor and 
will be sadly missed by those in her community. She was a devoted daughter, for her 
aged father, and living her religion, day by day.

Mrs. Norris is survived by her two sons, Irvin S. Norris of Trenton, Tenn., and 
John Harrison Norris, at home; one granddaughter; her father and step-mother; two sisters, 
Mrs. Paul Sulcer and Mrs. Roy Howard; and four brothers, Irvie, Orval, Bryan, and 
Rev. Ernest Dycus. 

Source: The Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

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