Mother Parlee Norwood

Born: Tue., Sep. 23, 1919
Died: Mon., Mar. 4, 2019


1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 08, 2019
Location: The Good Shepherd Funeral Home Inc.

Funeral Service

Sat., Mar. 09, 2019

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Music by The Piano Brothers Mother Parlee Norwood  

was born September 23, 1919 in Nanafalia, Marengo County, Alabama to the parentage of (King) Henry and Rena Davis Norwood.  She is mother to seven children one (Mary) of which passed away early in life.  She successfully reared six children of her own: Thomas/”Tom”-deceased (Daisy) Turner, Fannie – (James/”Bill”-deceased) Tate, Jake-deceased (Earnestine) Norwood, Jim (Nancy) Norwood, Clementine – (Terrell/”Terry” – deceased) McGinnis and Jerry (Phyllis) Norwood.  She is the Grandmother of 15 and Great Grandmother of 27.  She provided care for children of siblings: Queen Elizabeth, Margaret, Annie Laura, MacArthur, Daniel, Bezell and for a brief time, Titus.  These children found refuge and safety in the home of their aunt.  Thanks to her nieces and nephews, “Aunt Pal became her household name.


Home was Nanafalia, AL on the plantation of “King” Henry Norwood.  The plantation was home to farm help and family which included hundreds of acres in property, large farm equipment, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas (fowls) and just about anything else you could name.  Aunt Pal became primary caretaker of the farm when her father (King) Henry was stricken with blindness and later passing around the age of 100.  Most of her siblings had already moved away to Mobile, AL, California and other places.


In 1960 Aunt Pal gave up homestead in Marengo County moving to Harpersville, Shelby County, Alabama.  This move was two-fold. (1) To relocate to the Cripple Children’s Clinic in Birmingham, AL to seek on-going medical care for her third son (Jim) who suffered from polio.  (2) To be closer to her deceased brother Willie Norwood’s family (sister-in-law-Mary “akd”Sadie) of whom she held a special bond.


Thanks to the late, Mr. Jeff Baker, Aunt Pal and children was provided  a home in exchange for helping and harvesting the crops.  This ensured an honest living for Aunt Pal and family.  Many mornings began at the break of dawn in the cotton and corn fields.  Sometimes the temperature fell below freezing but it didn’t stop Aunt Pal from doing what she does best “taking care of family”.  Of season, there were harvesting and preparing vegetables from sun up to sun down under the shady trees of the Bakers.  At the end of harvest, came the in-between task of ironing.  The long walks

from the end of the road or across the cattle pasture to the top of the hill behind the Harpersville, AL Dairy Queen with a freshly washed basket of the Baker’s clothes to be ironed and returned for compensation.  The small rough dirt road became almost impassible when it rained.  Visitors had to sometimes be pulled through the mud-stricken ditches called a driveway to Aunt Pal’s house.


Jake, her next oldest son was involved in an accident losing two fingers.  Insisting that mom would have her own place again before leaving this earth; bought ½ acre of property on Kelly Hill for Aunt Pal.  In 1971, her nephew, Lonnie E., built Aunt Pal’s home on her ½ acre of property.  Thomas, the oldest son, relocating to Harpersville, AL worked endlessly to run water lines to provide adequate plumbing.  Until his untimely death of August 29, 1979 Thomas worked diligently to help meet Aunt Pal’s needs.


Thomas and Jake passed on leaving the task to remaining family; assuring that Aunt Pal’s needs never went unmet.


Aunt Pal was surrounded by loving family, friends and neighbors.  She always took time to share a few of life stories, whether in Nanafalia, AL, Sweetwater, AL, Mobile, AL, Elmore, AL, Vincent, AL or Harpersville, AL (Kelley Hill on 280).


One of her favorite songs: This old building just keep on leaning, I’ve got to move to a better home.  Ironic, but truth the lyrics of this song describe the aging process.


She endured many losses in her lifetime; Children, a grandchild, “all” of siblings (75 of “King” Henry’s 76 children as recorded), nieces, nephews, very close friends, etc.


She made the transition to her “New Home” on Monday, March 4, 2019.  There will never be another Parlee Norwood, Mom, Aunt Pal, Grandma Pal, Little Mama, Granny, Cousin Pal and other names she was known by.  This lady always knew who she was.  She loved the Lord, herself, family, friends and mankind.


This Lady was “full of life and don’t ask her “How you feel?”


I  “feel like”, I’m sweet 16 and momma’s pet and

”Never” have kissed a “young  man” yet………….. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Evangel Temple Deliverance Church in Vincent, AL with burial at Harpersville Memorial Gardens in Harperville, AL. Bishop Lodis McGregor Officiating.

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Latrice M.
   Posted Sat March 09, 2019
May your memories of Ms. Norwood live within your heart.

Latrice, Ari & Yata

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