On May 8, 2010, Norm Ezell stepped into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Norm was born on October 7, 1941 in Chelsea, Alabama and then moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he spent the majority of his younger years. In high school, he excelled in sports and as a senior was selected to New Mexico All State Football team as a wide receiver.
After his senior year, Norm attended Southeastern University in Durant, OK on a football scholarship where he also earned a bachelor's degree in history.
It was during his time at Southeastern, that Norm and four other men formed the rock band "Mutineers", and they performed in various night clubs located around the university.
They were discovered and signed to a record contract by Abnak Records, changed their names to the "Five Americans" and in the summer of 1965, released their first top forty hit "I See The Light". This was followed by a string of hits. Then came their biggest hit, "Western Union", which sold in excess of one million records. More top forty hits followed until 1969 when the band broke up.
Norm moved to southern California and played in various local night clubs.
In January of 1975, Norm met the love of his life, "Jesus Christ" and he served the Lord faithfully for the next 35 years. He founded two churches as well as his own "Gloryland Ministries". He produced five gospel albums and three gospel books. In between, he spent 15 years teaching special education students for Taft, and Stockton school districts. He was a member of Zion Christian Fellowship in Lodi, CA.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Clyde and Fannie Ezell and brother in-law Jim Greeson.
He is survived by his son Joshua Ezell; brothers, Roland (Dolly), Leonard, and Rodney (Glena) Ezell; sister, Lucile Greeson. He is also survived by many other family members, church members and friends who he loved very much.
Friends and family are invited to a viewing to be held on Thursday, May 20 at Lodi Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A chapel service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Lodi Funeral Home with Pastor Dick Patterson officiating. A reception to follow the memorial, at "His Place", 17238 Bruella Rd., Victor, CA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Norm's memory to the Bank of Stockton at P.O. Box 759, 120 W. Walnut St., Lodi, CA. 95241. A virtual register book may be signed at www.lodifuneralhome.com
where memories can be shared.
Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.