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FROM YOUR PASTOR’S HEART July 24, 2023


There is no question about what is on my heart today, as I write this article. Lt. Jeffrey Norman served our nation and our city for many years, both as a 28-year veteran of the U. S. military and a 20-year veteran of the Memphis Fire Department. Jeff served two tours of duty during “Operation Enduring Freedom” and earned the rank of Master Sargent, before retiring from the Air National Guard. He moved up the ranks from Driver to Lieutenant with the fire department, receiving the “Life Saving Medal” in service to our city.


Jeff is a true hero, both in the way that he lived and the way that he died. He made his living going into burning buildings, which he did on his last day on earth in order to rescue three trapped firefighters. His co-workers made it out of the burning house, before it collapsed on him. Jeffrey Norman went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 19, 2023 at the age of 51, leaving behind his wife, Ashley, and 14-year-old son, Parker.

The Normans are members of Bellevue Baptist Church, where the services for Jeff will be held. The visitation is on Tuesday, July 25th, from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26th, with honors to be rendered at Memorial Park Cemetery at 5668 Poplar Avenue. I have been asked to have a part in his funeral service, since I have known the family for many years. Ashley has been teaching with my daughter-in-love, Cristi, for many years, at Barret’s Chapel and Lakeland Elementary schools. Their son, Parker, has been friends with my grandson, Eyan, since kindergarten.


Please join me in praying for this family, as they grieve the loss of their loved one and as we honor his memory. Pray for me, as well, as I share from my experiences with this good man, devoted husband and loving father. I don’t toss the word “hero” around lightly, but Jeffrey Norman is a true hero in my opinion. He is a man who fulfilled his commitments in every area of his life, to his nation, his city, his friends and his family. And in the end, it was his commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ that led him to his eternal home in Heaven. I am grateful to have been a part of his life, and to have him in mine!


Serving in love, Bro. Jim

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