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Harry Pettis Norvell

April 10, 1935 — August 16, 2022


Harry Pettis Norvell

Harry Pettis Norvell, 87, of Wilson, ascended to his heavenly home surrounded by family Tuesday. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022, in Maplewood Cemetery.  Rev. David Allen will officiate.


The Family will receive Friends on Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson.


Harry graduated from Campbell University in 1973 with a degree in business administration; in 1975 he earned his master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Harry served his country honorably and faithfully for 23 years with the United States Air Force and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. Harry obtained multiple Awards and Medals over his military career including, Air Force Meritorious Service Ribbon and Medal, Air Force Commendation Ribbon and Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 1 Oak Leaf, Army Good conduct Ribbon with 2 Bronze Knots, Air Force Good Conduct Medal/Ribbon with 4 Oak Leaves, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Air Force NCO Professional Military Education Graduate, Air Force Small Arms Expert Ribbon and Air Force Longevity Service Award with 4 Oak Leaves. He loved his Lord and Savior and was a long-time member of Pleasant Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Harry’s family and friends were most special to him. He loved fishing and was a sports fanatic, especially an avid golfer.


Harry is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Ann Mercer Norvell of the home; daughters, Elizabeth Howell of Pikeville and Sharon Carter of Summerton, South Carolina; sons, Hal Norvell of Black Creek and Wesley Evans of Wilmington; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Nancy Ivey and husband, Richard of Shelby.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Elizabeth Norvell; son, Hugh Norvell; two grandchildren; brothers, Stevie Norvell and John Freddie Perkinson and stepmother, Ann Perkinson Norvell.


Flowers are welcome, as well as memorials in Harry’s name to the Jimmy V Foundation, 14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, North Carolina, 27513 or to Pleasant Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 5018 Rosebud Church Road, Elm City, North Carolina, 27822.


Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at

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Monday, August 22, 2022

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