|Mrs. H. C. Norsworthy passed away February 23, 1973 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Shreveport where she had resided for two and a half years.
Mrs. Norsworthy was born in Houston, Mississippi on September 18, 1888 where she spent her childhood. She met and married her husband, Hardie, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she was in nurses’ training and he was a lumberman. There, they took an active part in the Broad Street Methodist Church for many years together with their three children. At one point in their lives in Hattiesburg, Hardie became the sheriff of Forrest County where he was known as the preacher-sheriff.
In the fall of 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Norswortliy moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where they spent the remainder of their lives. They joined Noel Methodist Church and were very active church workers. During World War II Hardie was asked to serve the Hall Suinmitt Charge as Lay Pastor. He continued his work as a lumber salesman in Shreveport during the week and he and Mattie spent their week-ends in the parsonage at Hall Summit serving several Methodist Churches in that area. Later, he was asked to give up his work as lumber salesman to become full-time pastor of Curtis Park Methodist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana. Here he and Mattie remained, serving the Church, helping it to grow, and here they activated a building program for church and parsonage until his retirement in June, 1954 at the age of 68.
Upon retirement they moved to Shreveport and joined Broadmoor Methodist Church where they continued to be very active. Hardie passed away June 10, 1956.
Mattie continued her activity in the same church as long as she was physically able — about thirteen years. In the summer of 1970 she went to Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Shreveport and it was there she passed away on February 23, 1973.
She left three children, Lamar Norsworthy of Gulfport, Mississippi, Mrs. W. L. Sudduth of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Mrs. A. A. Ackermann of San Diego, California, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a twin sister and several nieces and nephews.
Many faithful and devoted friends remained close to her through the years. She loved all of them dearly.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1973; p. 137|