Harrell Dean Norwood

COMANCHE-Harrell Dean Norwood, 70, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 from complications of primary progressive aphasia dementia. He was an organ and tissue donor. His brain was also donated to Baylor Medical Hospital to try and determine a cure for his type of dementia.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Comanche. Brother Van will officiate.

In memory of Adren Elizabeth "Dollie" Wilson-Norwood, faithful servant to the children of the First Baptist Church, Comanche, 407 N. Houston Street, 76442. She entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Aug. 22, 1996. Also, in memory of Homer Almond "Lightning" Norwood, who was a school bus driver, to the School Bus Fund, Comanche Public Schools, Attn: Superintendent, 108 Valley Forge Drive, Comanche, Texas 76442. He entered the Kingdom of Heaven on March 30, 1976.

Dean was born in Gorman Hospital on July 25, 1938. His parents were Homer Almond "Lightning" and Adren Elizabeth "Dollie" Norwood. He attended Comanche Public Schools from the 1st through the 12th grades. He was a member of the Comanche High School Class of 1956.

In 1956 shortly after graduation from High School, he served three years in the Army as a Military Policeman. After his Army service, he enrolled in North Texas State University, earning a BA in economics in 1964.

He went to work for the Ft. Worth NLRB Office in 1966. His civil service career covered almost 30 years. Among other agencies he worked for were SBA, FHA and HUD. He retired from FHA/HUD in March 1995. For over 30 years, he and his family lived in the scenic Seven Knobs area of Somervell County, relocating to Comanche in 2004.

Survivors include wife Becky of 42 years; daughter Melinda "Missy" Norwood Barney; stepson Robert Blanton and wife Lisa; step-grandchildren Brandi, Chance, and Cody; sister Annette Glazier and husband Dale; niece Elisa McAllister and husband Chris; nephew Jedd Glazier and grandnephew J.R. McAllister.

Published July 15, 2009

Glen Rose Reporter