Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Mound Bayou. Burial will follow at Norman's Family Cemetery in Mound Bayou with Rev. Andrew Hawkins officiating.
Visitation will be from 1-6 p.m. on October 5, 2013, at Delta Burial Funeral Home in Mound Bayou.
On December 23, 1931, Oscar Clifton Norman Jr. was born to the union of Oscar and Philippia Norman Sr. At an early age he confessed his life to Christ and attended Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Mound Bayou.
Oscar's educational years began in Mound Bayou and Piney Woods School in Piney Woods. He later graduated from Jackson State College in 1956 with a B.S. Degree in Education. After graduating he taught in Shaw for two years. He moved to Chicago, Ill., in the early ’60s, where he worked as a caseworker and as a pharmacy apprentice at Walgreens, Westside Pharmacy (a family-owned business) and LaHarry Norman Pharmacy. During this time he furthered his education at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., with a masters in Special Education. He then taught in Chicago Public Schools for over 30 years. He was an active member of the Chicago Teacher's Union, where he took part in the nationally known Chicago Teacher's Strike.
In 1994, Oscar retired after 37 years of dedicated service to public education. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Operation PUSH, NAACP, and other notable organizations.
Oscar married Earlene Woods in 1966 and they had three children.
He relocated to Mound Bayou in 2005. He reunited with Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church and worked with the Sunday School Department and as an usher until his health failed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Earlene; daughters, Sheila and Kimberly; son, Oscar III “Trey”; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.