Thomas Ellis "Tommy" Norwood IV

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Thomas Ellis Norwood IV "Tommy", of Montgomery, passed away suddenly on November 30, 2013, at the age of 44. A Celebration of Life service was held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at White Chapel Funeral Home in Montgomery, where he had lived since 2004. His parents, Dr. Thomas Ellis and Charlotte Richardson Norwood, were married at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville in 1966. His grandmother, Mrs. Vangel Richardson, was the church secretary there for 25 years. As a child he lived briefly in Jacksonville with his mother and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Richardson, while his father served in Vietnam. Tommy grew up in Northern Virginia, graduating from high school in 1987. He was a stand-out member of the Langley High School Jazz Band; a regular with the Mclean Jazz Workshop, along with his brother; and a member of numerous trombone trio performances with his mother and brother. In his senior year, he was awarded the John Phillips Sousa medal as the outstanding band student at Langley. At 16 he was the youngest member of the National Collegiate Band, which performed in 16 countries in Europe. He went on to major in jazz trombone at the University of Miami and played in many bands, most recently with the Montgomery Recreators. He was a hard worker all his life. Even in high school he would rise at 4:30 a.m. each morning to deliver the Washington Post before going to school. In these he carried on the tradition started by his mother, who delivered the Anniston Star and played trombone while a student in Jacksonville. He also evolved into a highly respected software developer, working for more than 14 years at Health Care Systems of Montgomery. He was responsible for development of the code used to track patient medications in hospitals across the U.S., where these programs continue to ensure patient safety. In addition to his music, he loved animals, especially greyhounds and cats. He cared for stray animals, and adopted many. He also enjoyed cars. His pride and joy was an immaculate red 1995 Pontiac Firehawk convertible (which he named Lola) that had been extensively modified into a high performance vehicle. Travel was something he and his wife enjoyed, joining other family members in England, China, Israel and many times in Hawaii. Tommy touched many lives, extending sympathy and help to any person in need. He was always happiest when he was able to help someone. Within the family, he was a loving husband, stepfather, brother, uncle and son. He is survived by his wife, Anne Norwood, of Montgomery; step-daughter, Amanda Weldon, of Millbrook; parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Norwood, of McLean, Va.; brother, Dr. Brett Norwood (Fang), of Shanghai, China; two nieces, Freya and Alanna Norwood, of Shanghai, China; uncles, David L. Norwood, of Mathews, Luther C. Richardson (Fay), of Senoia, Ga.; aunts, Bernice R. Coleman, of Jacksonville, Diana Norwood, of Montgomery; and numerous cousins. Memorial contributions can be made to the following: Dr. Clyde Cox Memorial Fund, c/o the Jacksonville High School Band Booster Club, P.O. Box 208, Jacksonville, 36265; Montgomery Humane Society; Langley High School Band Program in McLean, Va.; or Robert E. Lee Band Program in Montgomery. Details of the last three and a photo gallery are on the website of White Chapel-Greenwood Funeral Home in Montgomery.
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 22, 2013
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