Earl Sinclair “Billy” (Clark) Norwood, 88, passed away while at home and was called from earth to glory Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. He was born on Jan. 11, 1930, to William Augustus Clark and Adeline Clark in Camden, N.J., where he lived until approximately age 9. After the death of his mother, he went to live with Emory and Catherine Norwood, his uncle and aunt.
Norwood worked his uncle and aunt’s farm from morning ’til night during his early years. He learned the value of hard work and a doing a good job. In 1952, after leaving school, he joined the U.S. Army. He served his country as a medic during the Korean War. He was assigned to multiple duty stations during his military career, including Ft. Knox, Ky., Ft. Meade, Md., and Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.
After being honorably discharged, he returned to his childhood home in Millsboro, Del. He would eventually secure a position as a custodian with the Seaford School District and work his way to the position of chief. Norwood used the skills and resources he gained from his position with the school to start his own cleaning business. He retired from work for the State of Delaware after 29 years of service.
Norwood was a member of Masonic Lodge 10 in Laurel, Del. He loved to sing and would do so with very little prompting. Two of his favorite pieces were “In the Garden” and “How Great Thou Art.” He was a devoted member of his church, attending faithfully until he was physically unable to do so.
Norwood was preceded in death by his biological parents, William Augustus Clark and Adeline Clark; his uncle, Emory Norwood; his aunt, Catherine Norwood; his great-granddaughter, Armani Norwood; and his grandson, Hunter Robinson. He was blessed with four children, William O. Norwood and his wife, Joy, of Teaneck, N.J., Tegra Norwood-Robinson and her husband, Michael, of Dover, Del., Darryl O. Norwood of Hyattsville, Md., and Kendric R. Norwood and his wife, Tanya, of Bear, Del.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at the Millsboro Seventh Day Adventist Church, 30007 Cordrey Road, Millsboro, Del., where friends may call at 11 a.m. for viewing and visitation. Interment with military honors will be held immediately following, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations to Juust Sooup Organization; 18483 Coolspring Rd.; Milton, DE 19968. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com