Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Haywood Vernon Norwood Jr.

January 16, 1939September 12, 2017

Haywood Vernon Norwood, Jr., of Charlotte, North Carolina, died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Union County, North Carolina, on Jan. 16, 1939, to Haywood Vernon Norwood, Sr., and Margaret Stewart Norwood.

Vernon’s undergraduate degree was from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also graduated from the School of Law. He served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant and a member of the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corp, serving at the Pentagon. He practiced law in Charlotte for over 50 years, was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a past Master of Temple Lodge 676.

Whether volunteering as a Boy Scout Master or serving law clients, many of whom became close friends over the years, Vernon had a smile and a joy for life that brightened the many lives he touched. An avid NPR (National Public Radio) listener, he was always happy to share laughs about obscure historical and political tidbits that he had committed to memory. He loved a good discussion – whether with someone he knew or someone he had just met – and was always open to learn new things, consider new ideas, and to better his mind.

He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 49 years, Hilda Starnes Norwood. They had been sweethearts since first grade. He is also survived by two children, John Norwood (Kristine) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Julia Jackson (Robert) of Evanston, Illinois; four grandchildren, Jefferson Norwood, Emilie Norwood, Emma Jackson, and Caroline Jackson; a dear aunt, Lenora Fincher; and three special cousins, Doloris Learmonth, Pansy Moseley, and Clyde Norwood. Vernon enjoyed spending time with his family and was a great source of happiness to them. He will be deeply missed, especially by his grandchildren, who will miss their Poppi.

A funeral will be held at Providence Presbyterian Church (address below) on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive visitors afterwards at a reception in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte, NC 28277; or Pleasant Grove Campground, 658 Cotton Field Circle, Waxhaw, NC 28173.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 16, 2017


Haywood Vernon Norwood Jr.

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Justin McNeill III

January 30, 2018

Just learned of Norwood's passing in the UNC Carolina Alumni Review. I lived in Cobb Dorm back in 1957-1961 and knew Vernon well. Also ran into him at the Charlotte airport years later. A fine individual, and I'm sure a wonderful husband and father. Still remember his charm and smile. So sorry for your loss...

October 5, 2017

He was a fine lawyer and a good man. The legal community will miss him.

Jim Hickmon

October 5, 2017

I was saddened to learn of Vernon's passing. He was a fine gentleman and great lawyer. He will be missed.

John Rudisill

September 21, 2017

I am so sorry to note Vernon's passing. He was a lovely gentleman and a most interesting person. He shared offices for a time with Dick Cohan, and we had mutual friends in the bar. We greatly miss him.

September 21, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Vernon's passing. He was a wonderful gentleman and a clear thinker. We miss him greatly.

Kimberly Holmes

September 18, 2017

Dearest Hilda, Julia and John.. Words cannot express how sorry and saddened I am at your loss. Vernon was such a special, wonderful person and he will be dearly missed by so many. All My Love and Many Prayers to you all in the coming days and weeks - God Bless, Kim

Kimberly Holmes

September 18, 2017

Dearest Hilda, Julia and John.. Words could never express how sorry I am for your loss. My love and prayers are with you all and will continue to be in the days and weeks to come.. Heartfelt Condolences and All My Love, Kim

September 18, 2017

Vernon was my attorney for years. So sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to the family. He will be greatly missed.

Carol Davidson Claytonn

Kim Avant

September 16, 2017

Hilda, Julia and John, our hearts are breaking for you. What a wonderful, interesting and funny man Vernon was. Carl, myself and the girls, will miss him dearly.
Love you all, Kim, Carl, Krissi and Sarah.

September 16, 2017

Ii'm thinking about you Hilder and our time together many years ago. I wish you God' blessings. John Glover


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