Jay Norwood - (1936-2012)
Jay was the talented fiddle player who helped Roy McGaugh and others get Pearl started. He also helped Ronald do a lot of work to help restore the old school building. Jay used to come to every Pearl event and he played on stage, played in the jams and always added fun and smiles wherever he went.
Unfortunately, Jay developed breathing problems the past few years. His lungs weren't working well so he started bringing a portable oxygen machine so he could still come enjoy the fun at Pearl but eventually that became too difficult for him so he no longer could attend.
Albert Jackson Norwood, known to many as "Jay", was called home with our Heavenly Father at the age of 76 on November 9, 2012 In Hamilton, Texas. He was originally from Midland and after learning his trade from his father-in-law, Vernon Stewart, worked as a Carpenter for many years in Midland. Jay moved to Marble Falls Texas in 1981, were he continued his passion for building houses, re-models electrical and plumbing work.
Jay started his love for playing the fiddle ever since his enlistment in the United States Navy from 1956- 1959 when he was stationed in Istanbul, Turkey. His love for Blue Grass music carried him to many "jam sessions" with his companion JoAnn Herring.
Jay is survived by a son, Michael Andrew Norwood, of Midland, Texas a daughter, Glenna Jean Box of Midland Texas; two sisters, Sandra Kay Duncan of Port Neches, Texas and Leila Evelyn Hall of Llano, Texas; one grand-daughter, Porsche Lyn Shelden, Of Winston, Oregon and two great-grandsons, Andrew Kyle Simmons of Midland, Texas and Mason Riley Evans of Winston, Oregon.