Norris Daniel Settles was born on March 25, 1959 at Ladd Air Force Base, Alaska to Thomas J. Settles and Minnie E. Scott Settles. Norris had lived in several states due to his father serving in the Army. He transitioned to his heavenly home on Monday, February 15, 2021.
At an early age, Norris joined Peace Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor D.L. Motley, Sr., where he served on the Junior Usher Board and in the Choir. In his later years, he attended Zion Global Ministries in West Chester, Ohio.
Norris was educated in many different school systems around the country. He graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, OH. He attended the University of Cincinnati. Norris built a career as a construction estimator and project manager. He began his career as a mechanical estimator with the Gilbane Building Co. His employment often required him to travel/work in many states which allowed him to experience life and create new friendships all over the country. Norris continued to use his skills at several other companies including IDMC in Orlando, Florida; TEC in Irvine, California and Sigma Capital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As a young man, Norris was taught by his Dad to be useful with his hands. Norris would often be sent (by his Dad) to do odd jobs for family members and friends. Some of those jobs included fixing windows, screens, changing locks, patching walls, painting, etc. These skills would eventually pay off for all of us who knew him. He was quite the handyman. If we needed something to be fixed, who did we call? Norris. If we needed a certain tool, who did we call? Norris. Not only did he love fixing things, he loved showing others how to repair things as well.
Norris met the love of his life, Carita, in high school. Neither had any idea that they would one day be husband and wife. They were really good friends who had different ideas on how their lives were going to be, but God had another plan for them. Norris and Carita have been married for 22 years.
One of the proudest moments of his life was being a dad. He took great pride in being able to participate in his son’s early years as a coach, scout leader, and mentor.
Norris was a Cub Scout leader and parent volunteer for Troop 772 for many years. He wanted to make sure that the boys learned survival/life skills to carry them through life. Norris was proud to see his son and the other boys grow up to become successful young men.
Norris had a deep passion for music and cooking. Whenever he could, he would listen to many genres of music such as Jazz, R & B, and Soul. He would often have the music hook up for family gatherings/dinners. Norris was an excellent cook. His delicious ribs, turkey and dressing, sweet potato pie, and many other favorites will be missed. He also enjoyed fishing, sports, playing games, and family reunions.
Norris was a loving devoted husband, caring son, dedicated father, wonderful brother and a loyal friend. He cared deeply about the people in his life. Norris was loved by all of us and will be greatly missed. We will miss his quick wit, sense of humor, and loving/giving spirit.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife Carita; his son Robert, Chandler, AZ; his parents Thomas and Minnie Settles, North Augusta, SC; sister Yvonne (Ronald) Settles-Johnson, Centerville, OH; brother Calvin Settles, North Augusta, SC; sister Carol (Fredrick) Harris, North Augusta, SC; sister-in-law Pamela (Kenneth) Lewis, Cincinnati, OH; several aunts Doris Scott, Cincinnati, OH; Milwee Scott, West Bloomfield, MI; Addie Lee Scott, Cincinnati, OH; Agnes Settles, Gwynn Oak, MD; Elizabeth Polly, McCormick, SC; several nephews and nieces Avery (Maria) Johnson, Cincinnati, OH; Chandra Gaines, North Augusta, SC; Bentley Stallings, Columbia, SC; Skyler, Williams, Atlanta, GA; Cali Settles, Columbia, SC; Joyner Settles, Columbia, SC; and one great-nephew Crimson Sellers, North Augusta, SC ad a host of family and friends.
In memory of Norris D. Settles, please consider making a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 or 1-800-757-CURE (2873) or American Kidney Fund, PO Box 11038, Lewiston, ME 04243-9408.