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1941 Joseph 2021

Joseph Robert Gedris

April 19, 1941 — March 11, 2021

Joseph Robert (J.R.) Gedris passed away on March 11th surrounded by his loving family.  Joseph, known affectionately as J.R., was the son of the late Joseph and Isabel (Kazeva) Gedris originally of Homestead, PA.

A visitation will be held Saturday 5-7 pm at Norton Funeral Home with a private burial in Cedar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date.

J.R. was a graduate of Ole Miss where he earned an Engineering and Manufacturing degree.  He proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He helped to design and build the first offensive landing airfield in Chu Lai, Vietnam.  J.R. had a successful career and many accomplishments in engineering including the design and construction of steel mills.  He enjoyed working on his Corvette, attending yearly conventions with his friends in the Smoky Mountains, and entering his car in competitions.  J.R. loved spending time with his family and being outside.

He is survived by the love of his life, wife Valerie Turnage Gedris, and his children Ashley Taylor (Allen), Kasi Gedris, Robin Gedris Miles, Misi Nagle, and Christopher Gedris (Suzy).  He is also survived by his grandchildren Shea Kelly (Tyler), Dawson Gedris, Kathryn Miles, Jonathan Miles, Nolan Nagle, Aidan Nagle, Harley Taylor, and his special “Peanut,” Tripp Taylor.  JR is also survived by his younger brother, Bill Gedris (Carolyn) and three great grandchildren.

J.R. is preceded in death by his parents and his special Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Boze Millington.

Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29551

Norton Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gedris family.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Norton Funeral Home of Hartsville

1414 W Carolina Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550

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