the LIST

Do I know you? One man's attempt at a lifelong head count. 

NOTE: If you think I might have a photo of you—most likely at least one great photo of you—don't be afraid to ask me to post it ( along with a brief entry about how I know you. And if I've met or known you but don't have any photo evidence, feel free to send along YOUR favorite photo of you. (I'm fascinated by what that slideshow might look like.)


79. jim norris

Tyler, TX. A man and his boy. 2004

Tyler, TX. A man and his boy. 2004

Our old friend Vic—aka "Ogela"—lost his Dad to cancer today. Back in '04 I road tripped up to Tyler, Texas to see Vic—which led to a drive out to see his Pops, a good man who helped raise 2 rock solid sons in his boys Vic and Tyrone. Jim also got our friend Sly Mee a job back at the carpet mill he worked at in the mid-'80s. (More than 30 years later, Sly is still at the company, a VP practically running the place. That job never happens without Jim. God knows how many more people Jim had an impact on. I'm guessing it was many. From the big smile on his face, he clearly passed down the ability to find joy in life to his boy Vic, one of the best people I've ever known. Rather than feeling devastated by his dad's passing, Vic's unwavering faith is keeping him strong and positive. Here's what he posted on Facebook today: "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13. God does not make mistakes, and he called his servant home this morning. I am not sorrowful, but I count all Joy for the time I spent with my Dad. Praise God !!! RIP Jim Norris. You were a good man.