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S. B. Norwood

1863 - 1947

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, 29 May 1947
Transcribed by JoAnn Myers, Oct 2008

S. B. Norwood was called by death at his home in Burnet on May 15th, 1947.  His funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. P. Kidd of austin, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of this place at 3:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon, May 17th, in the Northington Funeral Chapel.  Burial was in the Burnet Cemetery.  The active pallbearers were Ben L. King, Wilburn Garrett, James Dickens,  and three grandsons, Charles Harrell, Norwood Farris and Joe Farris.  Honorary pallbearers were the co-workers of Mr. Norwood while he was President of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, and the flower girls were Dorothy Corder, Ann Donnovan, Mary Nell Norris, and Geneva Withers.

Mr. Norwood
was born November 18th, 1863 in Norwoodsville, Arkansas.  At the age of four years, following the death of his father, Dr. James Norwood, he came to Clarksville, Texas with his mother, and in 1870 they moved to Detroit, Texas.

Mr. Norwood first studied law, but later entered the newspaper business and was associated with George B. Loving on the old Ft. Worth Gazette for a time.  He then moved back to Detroit and established that town's first newspaper, "The New Era."  Mr. Norwood stemed from a family of many famous writers, extending back for several generations, among whom was Robert Norwood, author of a number of religious books, and who was regarded as a poet of the goodness of life.  The subject of this sketch had several short stories and quite a number of poems published.  One of his daughters, Mrs. Erva Ann Sherrard, has followed in her father's footsteps and is the author of numerous articles and poems, published in the Dallas Morning News and various magazines.

In 1887 Mr. Norwood was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Dean of Detroit, who preceded him in death in 1944.

On account of a breakdown in his health, Mr. Norwood sold his newspaper at Detroit and with his family moved to Emma, Crosby County, where he served as merchant, Postmaster, and County Judge.  He moved his family to Burnet in 1909, while he continued as a traveling salesman for a few years, later engaging in the mercantile business here.  Mr. Norwood had great faith in Burnet County and its resources, and took an active interest in the progress of his adopted town and community, serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce and trustee of the Burnet Independent School District.  It was during his trusteeship that one of our present commodious school buildings was erected.

Advancing age caused Mr. Norwood to retire from the mercantile business, when he purchased a small ranch four miles west of Burnet, where he and his wife resided for a considerable time, but later they sold this property and moved back to town to spend their declining years.

Mr. and Mrs. Norwood are survived by the following children:  R. B. Norwood of Oklahoma City, Mrs. C. D. Harrell of Austin, Mrs. Ben H. Sharpe of Austin, Mrs. W.S. Farris of Purmela, Texas, Mrs. Ina Overstreet of Stephenville, and Mrs. Erva Ann Sherrard of Burnet.

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