My dad loved life and he lived it to the fullest. Even when he knew he didnt have long to live he still had a smile on his face and was always joking around — Drew Norman
James “Jim” Norman III, 66, lost a long-fought battle with prostate cancer on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at his home in San Diego, CA.
James is survived by his best friend and partner of eight years, Cheryl Jennie; son, Andrew (Dana) Norman of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, including Jeanne Norman of Greenwood, Indiana; Christol (Rev. Eric) Brown of Warren, Ohio; Birdina Jones of Girard, Ohio; and five brothers, including Jerome (Janice) Norman, Sr., of Kentucky; and Marvis L. (Marilyn) Norman; Lionel Norman, Glenn (Anita) Norman, and Derwin Norman, all of Warren, Ohio; and two grandsons: Maxwell and Garrett Norman of Wooster, Ohio.
Born in Orrville, Ohio to Elizabeth (Palm) Norman and James Norman Jr., James attended Orrville High School, graduating in 1966. He played semi-pro football, and wore number 84 as a tight end for a team called the Mohican Raiders.
In 1968 James made the decision to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Navy. He enjoyed a full career as a Chief Petty Officer specializing in interior communications and electric systems, retiring in 1999. After retiring from the Navy, James embarked on a second career, in private security. His last position before retiring was as chief of security with the Westin Hotels corporate office in San Diego, California.
Although James was a private person, his friendly personality made him popular with many people. In almost any part of San Diego, he would encounter someone he knew and a lively conversation would ensue.
Despite having moved away from Ohio years earlier, James never lost his passion for the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State University football (instead of “hello”, he was sometimes known to greet people with “GO BROWNS!”). Weekends and Monday nights were always spent with Cheryl in front of his 70” HD TV, rooting on his favorite teams.
James also loved music—he played bass in a band in the 1970s, and had a particular fondness for Elton John, jazz and Motown. He appreciated nature, and especially enjoyed the hummingbirds that regularly visited his balcony. And he loved to laugh, always amused by classic comedies like The Little Rascals, which he enjoyed watching with his son Drew.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a brother, Maurice Norman, and three sisters, Arnel Norman, Alberta Norman and Mary Norman.
The memorial service will be held January 5, 2015 at 11am at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman, OH 44270, and will be officiated by John Doyel. Please note: the service will be outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather.
As it was James’s request to be cremated, no visitation is planned. He respectfully requested that in lieu of flowers you consider a memorial gift in his name. Please leave your condolences in the comments section of the blog.
God bless you all for attending the celebration of a great father, a great leader, a beloved brother and most thankfully a follower of Jesus Christ. I will always love you daddy. Give all my aunties, uncles and grandparents a kiss for me.