SHARING LANGUAGE – Coho clan leader Herman Davis speaks to about two dozen people attending a Tlingit language lesson Sunday afternoon in Centennial Hall. Davis is one of about 100 remaining Tlingit speakers who learned the language as children from relatives. Lance Twitchell, University of Alaska Southeast associate professor of Alaska Native languages in Juneau, hosted the free lesson, which was the second of three. The third lesson will be held Saturday noon to 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Twitchell is in Sitka teaching at The Outer Coast Summer Seminar. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kenneth A. Norris Dies; Former Resident was 91

Former Sitkan Kenneth Allen Norris, of Gentry, Arkansas, died January 23, 2019, at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was 91.
He was born August 5, 1927, in Akron, Ohio, the son of Walter Allen and Matilda Norris.
During World War II, Kenneth served the country in the U.S. Army, and during the Korean conflict he was in the U.S. Air Force.
He married Lucille Walker 58 years ago, and in 1963 they came to Sitka, where he worked for Alaska Pulp Co. They moved to Arkansas in 1985.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, son Larry and daughter Deborah.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille of the home; son Gary Norris and wife Rachel of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, January 28, at the First Baptist Church in Gentry. Burial will follow at Bell Cemetery, Watts, Oklahoma.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, January 27, at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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