Hubert W. Norris was a longtime professor at JCSU. The 1953 edition of the Golden Bull, JCSU’s yearbook, listed him as Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science. He received his B.A. degree from Clark University, the noted black college in Atlanta. Its 1934 yearbook listed Hubert Webster Norris of Atlanta on its senior class Honor Roll and also serving as an instructor. The 1936 yearbook of its sister school, Atlanta University, showed him earning a Masters in Economics with the thesis “The Theory of College Accounting and Criteria for an Efficient Accounting System for a Private College.”
His wife Henrietta Traywick Norris also taught at Johnson C. Smith University for decades, offering instruction in early childhood education to a generation of prospective elementary school teachers. A native of Hedland, Alabama, she herself had graduated from Jackson State College in Jackson, Mississippi. Like many of her neighbors, she was an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church. She belonged to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and to the Literary Art Club, where she served as president.
A note about addresses: City directories first showed Hubert and Henrietta Norris first living in this block of Patton Avenue in 1953.
- The address given in the 1953 directory was 1908 Patton. They may have actually lived there, but it seems more likely that this house was renumbered about 1959, when the directories show them living at 1904.
- A building permit exists for “1912 Patton Avenue,” issued to “W.H. Norris” in February of 1952. It seems likely that this was for the house that is now numbered 1904.
This one-story red-brick Ranch style house was built in the 1950s with a low-pitched roof typical of that era. It received a new steeper-pitched hip roof around 2010, remembers neighbor Audwin Ross. Such roof alterations became common in older Charlotte neighborhoods in the years after 2000; as of 2017 this is the only example in McCrorey Heights. The prominent west side chimney appears to have been extended upward at the same time; also the wood-frame windows were replaced with white-coated aluminum units.
Date issued: November 30, 1967
Owner: Hubert W. Norris
Contractor: Piedmont Pacific
Estimated cost: $1,980
Other permit info: add aluminum siding to existing house
Date issued: February 10, 1970
Owner: Mrs. Henrietta Norris
Contractor: Boyles Const. Co.
Estimated cost: $10,900
Other permit info: Adding 3 rooms to residence
Date issued: April 16, 1963
Owner: Henrietta T. Norris
Contractor: Wells Construction Company
Estimated cost: $850
Other permit info: Reroofing house and siding
Date issued: February 19, 1952
Owner: W. H. Norris
Contractor: W. B. Presion
Other permit info: to build residence
Building permit files, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
First appeared in city directory
1959. He: Hubert W. Norris, Assistant Professor JCSU. She: Henrietta T., no occupation listed. (Note that the Norrises appear in 1953 at 1908 Patton)
City directory collection, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
Norris, Henrietta, funeral program in the History Room, First United Presbyterian Church, Charlotte.
Clark University Bulletin, 1934. On-line at: http://digitalcommons.auctr.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1033&context=cccatalogs
AtlantaUniversity Bulletin, 1935-36. On-line at: http://digitalcommons.auctr.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1066&context=aucatalogs
Golden Bull JCSU yearbook, 1953. On-line at: http://www.e-yearbook.com/yearbooks/Johnson_C_Smith_University_Golden_Bull_Yearbook/1953/Page_13.html