Norsworthy, Hardy Cleveland


April 5, 1886 - June 10, 1956
Rev. Hardy Cleveland Norsworthy joined the Church triumphant, June 10, 1956, alter a lingering illness of many months.
Brother Norsworthy was born in Waynsboro, Mississippi, April 5, 1886. He was educated in the public schools of Waynsboro and South Mississippi College at Hattisburg, Mississippi. Before entering the ministry he was a successful business man and a member of the executive staff of the Firm Lumber Company. He also served four years as sheriff of Forest County in Mississippi.
Having been converted when in childhood, he always loved the church and church people. For a number of years he was a steward in Court Street Methodist Church. In 1907 he was licensed as a local preacher and supplied the pulpit in various churches when the district superintendent called upon him.
Brother Norsworthy and his family came to Louisiana in the early thirties. He continued his business relationships until 1942 when he was assigned to the Hall Summit Charge where he served five years. From Hail Summit Charge he was moved to Curtis Park, Bossier City, to start a new church. Here he remained for eight years. He resigned the church on account of ill health in 1955.
Brother Norsworthy was a man of warm Christian charm and a capacity to love people. He believed in fundamental Christianity and never ceased to be evangelistic in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a patient sufferer during his long Illness and his life was a benediction to others in the hospital where he spent his last days.
Brother Norsworthy leaves his widow, Mrs. Nettie Harrell Norsworthy and three children, Mrs. Frances Suddath of Shreveport, Mrs. Mary Ann Ackermann of Chula Vista, California, and Lamar Evans Norsworthy of Laurel, Mississippi, and several grandchildren in his immediate family circle.
“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; yea, from henceforth, they rest from their labors and their works do follow them.”
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 177, 1957 by B. C. Taylor.

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