2 Timothy 4:7-8.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
On Friday, September 21, 2018, Robert Earl Norwood III transitioned this earthly life into life everlasting with his Savior, Jesus Christ. Robert was a loving son, brother, and husband, but also an amazing architect. However he suffered a major stroke in 2013 which left him with multiple medical complications to endure.
A 1982 graduate of Ball High School, Robert obtained his bachelor of science in architectural engineering from Prairie View A&M University, with his senior project supporting the program’s accreditation and the ultimate construction of the John B. Coleman Library. Upon graduation from PVAMU, Robert started as a staff architect with the Harris County Housing Authority and was often referred to as “…the first to show up, and the last to leave”. It was no surprise that within two years he was promoted to Lead Architect of his division.
Robert had a love of math and science and always seemed to be ahead of the curve when it came to informatics and technology. Many of the standard electronic instruments we commonly use today, he had already told his family and friends about (and most of the time we simply laughed and thought he was joking). While we were still using “flip” phones, he would say he’d be glad when the video technology research underway would be released to the masses. When we would give him the “side-eye” as a silent inquiry to what he could’ve been talking about, he would simply smile and say “Oh, you didn’t know that was coming?”; then he would laugh at us. He would say “That’s why you need to read. You might learn something.” He knew he was ahead of his time and often misunderstood. Yet he would be patient with us, knowing all the while he knew exactly what he was talking about. He represented confidence in his competence like no one else we knew.
Robert relocated to Marietta, Georgia where he met his beloved wife, Teresa Hammock. They were married in 2004. Both considered each other their soul mate and their greatest joy was couple road trips across the country and giving the Lord Praise at Town Center Community Church, Marietta, GA. Under the leadership of Pastor Nathan J. Neilson. On December 30, 2011, Teresa passed away from complications due to breast cancer, and Robert returned to Texas.
Robert was an avid reader and loved to teach. Just as he was an architecture tutor in the PVAMU College of Engineering, when he accepted Christ as his personal Savior, he started an online Saturday Bible study, to which he was faithful and committed. He suffered a debilitating stroke one year after he had lost his wife.
Robert could also be an extremist. He knew no limits to his commitment to his friends. Robert was just as forgiving as he was kind.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Norwood, by his brother, Ramon Nigelle Norwood, by his, great-grandmother, grandmothers, grandfather's, aunt, uncle.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted mother, Bertdell Jackson Norwood (LaMarque); his father and namesake, Robert Earl Norwood, Jr. (Texas City); sister, Carlette Norwood-Williams, (Craig; Ocala, FL); Clifton Fontenot (Sherry, San Antonio); sister, Patrise Norwood-Philips (Galveston); brother, Patrick Norwood (Ocala, FL); Royale Norwood (Bianca; Houston, TX).
Uncles: John Earl Norwood (Houston); Samuel Norwood (Webster); Michael Norwood (Denise; Pearland); Saul Norwood (Elaine, Hitchcock), Calvin Howard (Houston). Aunts: Carolyn Norwood Edwards (Dickinson); Lurnell Franklin Howard (San Antonio), and Dorothy Davenport Battle (Detroit, MI).
Though many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends exist to celebrate Robert's homegoing, a special, heartfelt, and noteworthy acknowledgement must be made of his cousin, Gerald Oglesby. Without Gerald's unique, loving and faithful support, and instrumental intervention in his care, it can truly be said that Robert's longevity would be in question. The family is grateful beyond words for his Loving Care of Robert. He was often caregiver, chauffeur and comrade, far, far beyond the call of duty for a cousin. Thank you is simply not enough for all Gerald has done. Also, Dorothy Edmond's and her daughter [Shante] were highly committed and dedicated to Robert's daily needs.
A special thank you to Mrs. Charles Mack, Dorothy Edmunds, and Shawanda Haynes for their unwavering support.
Grateful acknowledgement to Compton Memorial Church of God in Christ and the Abundant Life Christian Center Care Ministry, who followed Robert's care for 5 years, though each facility admission (from Texas City, Webster, Houston and back home to Lamarque). Bro. Buddy Herring,
If there was ever a super hero in his earthly life, it would have to be his mother, Bertdell. There was no obstacle too great, no condition too severe, to shake her commitment to her child. Whether doctors agreed or disagreed, she believed in the possibility of recovery simply because God Is Able.
Robert Earl Norwood III age 54 of La Marque died Friday September 21, 2018 at Mainland Medical Center. The Homegoing Celebration will be held at 11:00am Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Compton Memorial Church God of in Christ 2628 Ball St, Galveston TX under the direction of Carnes Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 9:00am to 11:00am. The chapel service will begin at 11am with a burial to follow at Forest Park East in Webster, Texas.