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In Memory of Kyle Phillip Norris (1986-2008)


Kyle Philip Norris

By Henry Robert Burke

Appalachia contributes the life of another precious son! Kyle Phillip Norris, 22, of Noble County, Ohio was struck and killed by a roadside bomb in Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of Iraq, on Thursday May 22, 2004. The death of Kyle Norris adds to the 4080+ young U.S. soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the War in Iraq. The family of Kyle Phillip Norris will be bringing him to Washington County to rest in Rainbow Cemetery on Thursday, June 5, 2008.

Kyle Norris’s roots run deep in southeastern Ohio and in Appalachia. Kyle Philip Norris is a direct descendant of Noah Norris and on his maternal grandmother's branch, Mrs. Shirley (Burke) Norris of Zanesville was born and raised at Rainbow, Washington County, Ohio. Maternal great grandparents Joseph and Vesta (Chandler) Burke rest in Rainbow Cemetery.

Also on his maternal line, great-great grandparents, Charles and Sarah (Woods) Burke rest in Putnam Cemetery located directly across the Muskingum River from Rainbow Cemetery. Charles Burke was a Civil War Veteran who was severely wounded in his left arm during the Battle at Deep Bottom, Virginia in December of 1864. Charles Burke proudly wore his Purple Heart Medal for the rest of his life. Also on the maternal side of his tree, Kyle Norris’s great-great-great grandmother Hannah (Gaskins) Burke rests in Putnam Cemetery and great-great-great grandfather Joseph Burke rests in the cemetery at Newport.


Great great grandfather Noah Norris was a veteran of the American Civil War who served with the 5th United States Colored Infantry.  A statue of Noah Norris is part of the Bicentennial Monument in Muskingum Park, Zanesville, Ohio (shown below).