Norvin Gilford McCord, Sr., age 81, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021. He was born November 19, 1939 in Needles, Calif. to the late Warren and Eunice (Vanderbilt) McCord.
Norvin graduated from Needles High School in 1957 after earning Basketball Most Valuable Player. He then went on to graduate from Haskell Indian Junior College, Lawrence, Kan. in 1960. He married Rena Rose Buffalomeat in 1961. He later married Sheila Garcia in 1972. Norvin worked Maintenance for Boeing Company in Santa Monica, Calif., as an Heating and Air Conditioner Technician in Needles, Calif. and as a Casino Manager in Mohave Valley, Ariz.
From the mid 1970's and 1980's he was an FMIT Council member and Vice-Chairman. He was an elected FMIT Council member to present; serving approximately 46 years periodically on the Fort Mojave Tribal Council. He was Board of Directors President for Aha Macav Power Service as well as Board Member of the Fort Mojave Tribal Utilities Authority in 2009.
In his early years he loved to deep pit barbeque in his backyard, watch sports games and buy gadgets he saw on TV advertisements. He enjoyed times with family and friends. His house was often full with family. They gathered often and celebrated community and family events.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Norvin McCord, Jr. and Llewellyn McCord; sisters, Baby Shirley McCord, Margene Garcia (McCord) and Irene McCord; brothers, Dwain McCord and Patrick McCord, Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila; sons, Mackenzie McCord and Gilbert Valero; daughters, Shirley, Mary and Nancy McCord; uncle, Hubert McCord; aunt, Jewell Jenkins (Courtwright); as well as grandchildren, a great-grandson, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held from 3 to 5 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Desert Lawn Funeral Home. Traditional Mojave Indian Services at Mojave Crossing Event Center followed. Cremation services were held at 4 am at the Fort Mojave Tribal Cemetery.
Special thanks to Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements were handled by Desert Lawn Funeral Home.
Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Jan. 28 to Feb. 10, 2021.