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Memorial created 04-12-2012 by
Geneva Congrove
James Allen Norman
January 22 1972 - August 8 2010

James "Jimi" Allen Norman was born on a very cold and snowy Saturday morning on January 22, 1972 at 6:05am.  When Jimi opened his beautiful blue eyes, they seemed to take up most of his face.  He had very little hair and it was so blond.  Jimi was a happy baby who grew into a very busy toddler and child. Jimi spent so much time playing it was nearly impossible to get him into the house for dinner.  We lived across the street from the school and yet he was always late getting home having been sidetracked with one of his friends. He enjoyed going to the car races, riding and jumping ramps with his bike, swimming, fishing and playing with his friends.  Jim was a very active boy who loved adventure. He was always a dare devil and fearless. 



Garfield Class of 1990

In high school, he had two loves; one was his 1971 Nova and the other was girls. He also greatly enjoyed tinkering with computers; in fact he brought down the entire school’s computer system. Needless to say, that wasn’t a very pleasant experience for his mom, although deep down, she was proud of his ingenuity and inquisitiveness. At 17, Jim became a father to a beautiful baby girl, Angela Marie. Jim loved that little baby girl with all of his heart.


After graduating high school, Jim joined the military. Jim proudly served with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division as Airborne Infantry and as a Military Correctional Officer at Ft. Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks. His accomplishments included Airborne and Air Assault School and the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course to name a few. While assigned with the 82nd Airborne Division; he completed the Foreign Jump Schools earning him the coveted Jump Wings for Turkey, Spain, Germany and Italy. He was recognized during his military service with awards including; The Army Achievement Medal, The Military Excellence Award and two Good Conduct Awards. Sergeant Norman completed his service in February 1998. During his time in the military he lived in Georgia, Italy, N. Carolina and Kansas.


Max and Rock

After completing his tours in the military, he traveled the country with his beloved dogs and my granddogs; Max (Sharpei) and Rock (Pit-bull). While living in California, his beloved and most loyal Max died. 


Jim and Pauline in Cali

Upon his departure from the Army, Jim chose to become a corrections officer at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, California. He also met and fell in love with a gorgeous lady named Pauline. Jim lived in many areas surrounding Los Angeles until he bought his first home in Long Beach. Jim and Pauline put a lot of sweat equity and their hearts and souls into that home. Eight years later Jim was offered a position at Williamsburg Federal Prison in South Carolina as a Senior Officer Specialist. He also served as Vice President and Webmaster of AFGE Local 525.

In 2009, Jim lost his most precious friend, Rock.


Jim worked hard and played even harder. He was a car and motorcycle enthusiast - he liked nothing more than spending time at the races or riding his Harley. He also became somewhat of a dog rescuer finding and rescuing 2 dogs that he found along the side of the road. Jim was a loyal and extremely giving man who had many friends across the country. He was also a very mischievous guy with a great sense of humor.


Jim's Family

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends, but none more than his mother Geneva. A part of her left this world when she lost her pride and joy, her only child, her beloved Jim.


Jim and Ray

Jim will forever be in his dad Ray's heart.


Jim and Mom

His mother never talked to him without telling him she loved him and she never missed an opportunity to let him know how proud she was of him and his accomplishments. Jim was well loved.

Jim's family
Jim and his lovely daughter Angela

One of Jim’s happiest moments was being reunited with his lovely daughter Angela. He couldn’t wait to get home to meet Angela. Jim’s eyes danced with happiness from the moment he first saw her. This is a memory I will always cherish.I am forever grateful that they had this moment in time.

The Long Ride Home

Jim died on August 8, 2010 at his home in Kingstree, SC. He was only 38 years old.


Not, how did he die, but how did he live?

Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?

These are the units to measure the worth of a man as a man.

Not what was his church, nor what was his creed, but had he befriended those really in need?

Was he ever ready, with the word of good cheer to bring back a smile, to banish your tears?

Jim enjoyed helping others in need and gave much more than he ever received. Always ready to listen when you needed an ear, he rarely shared his troubles rather he held them near.

Love you and miss you with all of my heart. Mom




A person who loses a partner is called a widow.

A child who loses a parent is called an orphan.

But there is no word to describe a parent that loses a child,

because the loss is like no other.


Treasured Memorial Quilt

My dear Jim,

I chose each piece of clothing with much love. Every item used was done so with care in an effort to honor the essence of you; whether it was a special event, vacation or treasured memory. This quilt represents the fabric of your life. You were so unique, so one of a kind, no one could ever take your place. You had so many adventures and lived in so many places. Never one to take the easy road, you took a hold of life and rode it to the end. You lived a life that many could only imagine as they lived in died in the same place they were born. I feel so honored to be your mother. You are my treasure, my joy, my sunshine, my everything. May you rest in peace knowing that you are so deeply loved and missed. I love you Captain. Love and tender hugs, Mommy


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