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NORRIS N. ATTKISSON

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Norris N. "Brown" Attkisson, age 96, of Hepler, Kansas, died at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, September 10, 1006 in Garden Terrace of Overland Park where he was a resident since February 4, 2005.

He was born on November 29, 1909 at Hepler, the son of John "Jack" A. and Jennie Susan Byers Attkisson. He grew up north of Hepler and attended country schools and graduated from Hepler High School in 1929.

He married Julia "Jude" Maffei on October 6, 1935 by the Rev. V.A. Nickle in the United Methodist Church in Walnut, Kansas. She preceded him in death on March 20, 1998.

They lived in Hepler, Fort Scott, Chicago, Illinois and then in Wichita, where he worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company during WWII.

They returned to Hepler in 1945 and he worked as a cashier at the Hepler State Bank from 1949 until retiring in 1977.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hepler and a lifetime member of the Hepler Masonic Lodge No. 298 and later the Girard Masonic Lodge No. 93, AF and AM. He was a lifetime member of the Emera Chapter No. 427, Order of the Eastern Star in Hepler and later the Ideal Chapter No. 369, Order of the Eastern Star of Hiattville, Kansas.

Survivors include three daughters, Jolene Creagar, Kansas City, Kathleen Schnabel, Kenosha, Wis., Lynda Hall, Clarksville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Nelda Harding, Wichita, and Ruth Bloomcamp, Pittsburg; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Susan Seaver, on September 25, 1996; three sisters, Lavon Holtman, Hazel Cooke, and Lois Harryman; one brother, Samuel Wesley Attkisson; and two nephews, John Harryman and John Attkisson.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with the Rev. Steve Cole officiating assisted by Monty Creagar. Burial in the Hepler Cemetery with Masonic graveside services conducted by the Girard Masonic Lodge No. 93, AF and AM.

A memorial has been established to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Fund and may be left in the care of Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W. St. John, Box 258, Girard, KS 66743, for those wishing to make their remembrances in this manner.