Leroy Norwood

Leroy Norwood

Thursday July 10th, 1941 - Monday April 19th, 2021
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Leroy Norwood, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was born July 10, 1941, to Charlie and Lola Norwood. He was the youngest of eight children. He was a member of Howard High School, class of 1959, and retired from Chattanooga Fire Department after 28 years of service. He began a career with the City of Chattanooga in 1968 in the Department of Public Works. He was said to have been the sharpest dressed crew worker in the ditch. He later became a firefighter with the Chattanooga Fire Department, moving up the ranks and retiring in 1998 as a Fire Captain. He joined the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPFF) in 1973 and was one of the founding members of the local chapter, Brothers United. He was president of Brothers United for 17 years. He was later elected to the position of Southeast Regional Director of the IABPFF and held that position for more than 10 years before stepping down. Norwood was a member of the first graduating class of the Carl Holmes’ Executive Development Institute (EDI) at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Soon after graduating, he joined the board. He served on the board for 26 years and established the Logistics Team for EDI at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Norwood helped scout and develop men and women for fire service all over the nation. After retirement, he briefly worked at Sam’s Club. He also ran a local business, T-Roy’s, in East Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and two sisters.

On Monday, April 19, 2021, at his residence, surrounded by family, he departed this earthly life at the age of 79 years.
Cherishing his memories include his children, Gerald (Marguerite) Norwood, Chester Walton, III, Terrance Derrick, and Shea (Wayne) Jefferson; devoted children’s mother, Sandra Norwood; devoted niece, Carolyn Sims; devoted sister-in-law, Gwendolyn Norwood; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Public viewing will be 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Saturday, May 1, 2021, followed by a 2:00 pm funeral service at the funeral home chapel.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.
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Cynthia Byrd Thomas

Posted at 09:29am
You always kept me laughing. You will be missed. Sleep on brother, sleep on.

Jean Savage

Posted at 06:04am

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Posted at 01:25am
Sincere and Heartfelt Condolences to the Family. RIP Roy Grateful to have you as our Friend Prayers for Family and Friends. The Whaley Family

Tawana Hinton and Liz Hester

Posted at 12:28am
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JB Posted at 06:22pm

To The Family of Leroy Norwood. When mortal life has passed through all the phases and experiences allowed to it, and its responsibilities have been met and fulfilled, though saddened by its close, we should take comfort in knowing that God gives rest. Whereas, Leroy Norwood, former Southeast Regional Director of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, founding member of the Brothers United of Chattanooga (Tennessee), and retired captain for Chattanooga Fire Department, has made an indelible impression for the betterment of society. Whereas, it has pleased our Heavenly Father, in His infinite mercy and wisdom, to call from among us and from the labors of this life to the sweet rest and fellowship of saints in heaven, the beloved, Leroy Norwood. Be it therefore Resolved, that even though death causes much sorrow, we encourage the family members to look to God who is able to comfort us in all our troubles and give strength for the days ahead. We pray that the strengthening and sustaining power of the Holy Spirit, will keep you in this difficult time. Be it Resolved, that although your presence will be greatly missed by your loved ones and those of us who knew you, we will accept with submission God's will, and look forward with joy to meeting you in Heaven. Be it Further Resolved, that we, the Vanguards of Cleveland and the seventh president for International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, Johnny J. Brewington, extend to the members of this bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy in their loss, and remind them that God understands all. This First Day of May 2021

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