Norman C. Albright

April 17, 1921April 10, 2010

Norman Cecil Albright, 88 years old, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Riverside Senior Living. He was born April 17, 1921, in Birmingham to Carrie and Louis Claude Albright.

Norman was a graduate of Ensley High School in Birmingham in 1940, where he was a halfback and member of the football team for three years.

Norman earned the nickname "Scoots" from the neighborhood boys, he was so small and he wanted to run with the "Big Boys." One of them shouted, "Scoot him on up, Let him in here," and every time they played they would ask where Scoot is. The nickname stuck forever.

He attended The University of Alabama and was a member of the football team as well as the baseball team. He graduated from Alabama with a Law Degree in 1950.

Norman moved to Decatur in 1951 where he took the job of operating Anderson Business College, which was owned by Mr. E.E. Anderson, changing the name in 1966 to Albright College. He owned and operated the Business College until 1977 when he retired.

As a direct quote from him, "He went crazy not working," and took an Educational Consultation job with IT&T. In 1980, he became the Transporation Supervisor for the Decatur City School system, until he officially retired for good in December 2001.

Norman was very active in the city. In 1951, he founded the Decatur Football Officials Association, with other men, traveling all over North Alabama refereeing Friday night high school football games.

He was a member of Central Baptist Church, VFW, American Legion, and served as chairman of the Morgan County Selective Service, a member of The University of Alabama A-Club where he was vice-president of the National Alumni Association, and president of the Morgan County Alumni Association in 1967.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ouida Albright of 55 years, both parents and one brother, Robert Albright.

He is survived by two brothers, Louis Claude Albright of Tuscaloosa and Ronald Albright of Fairfield.

He is survived by three daughters, Cerise Pearce (John) and Cheryl Sandlin (Joel), both of Decatur, and Carol Cotton (Charles) of Panama City Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Carrie Coleman Pearce, Laura Taylor Pearce and Norman Russell "Russ" Sandlin, all of Decatur, Denise Tubbs (Ricky) of Talladega and Jeanne Busby (Joel) of Gardendale; and five great-grandchildren, Lindsey Gamble (Daniel) and Leah Abney (Josh) Cassi, Timothy and Nick Busby.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Riverside Senior Living, The Terrace of Priceville, the nurses and staff of Hospice of North Alabama, for all the love, support, friendship and care given to their Dad.

Cerise and Cheryl would especially like to thank two people whom they could not have done without, Nicole Watson, who diligently cared for Dad, and became his "adopted granddaughter," and will always be remembered as "Storming Norman," and Mr. Tim Dixon his Hospice Nurse, who cared for and loved Norman.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, April 14, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Norman C. Albright

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Peggie Shore

April 22, 2010

Cheryl and Cerise: It was with deep sadness I heard about the passing of my Uncle Norman. Over the years he and Quida often brightened my days. They both came to Bama games. I was in the Million Dollar Band and he always looked me up. He usually had some outrageously funny thing to say to me. The band always heard and laughed with me. Losing your parents is probably the most sad occasion in a person's life. Don and my thoughts are with you and our sincere prayers for your peace and confort are coming your way.
Peggie (Albright) and Don Shore

April 21, 2010

Cerise and Cheryl, please know that Larry and I are thinking of you at this sad time. Uncle Norman and Aunt Ouida were a special part of my sister Peggie and my life as we were growing up in Birmingham. Uncle "Nort" as we called him after he adopted the song about "Old Uncle Nort," was always fun to be with and made us feel very special. He and our Dad, Claude, Jr., always seemed to have such fun together.

Susanne Albright Furr
Salisbury, Maryland

April 16, 2010

.Cerise, Love, thoughts and prayers

Genna Gibbs

April 15, 2010

Cerise and Cheryl, I know how hard it is for a little girl to lose her daddy. I am so sorry for your loss. Just be happy that he is now gone from his "temporary home" to the best permanent home he can have. He's still in your hearts and will watch over his precious daughters until you meet him at home. You both are in my thoughts and prayers.

Billy J. Hamilton

April 15, 2010

Norman was unique. The future of Decatur should have more like him.

Cathy D. Wahl

April 14, 2010

Cerise, my sympathies to you and your family.

Marc Armstrong-Wright

April 14, 2010

Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your dad touched many lives. Marc Armstrong-Wright The Terrace at Priceville

Penny Jones

April 14, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you. He brought many smiles and it was such a blessing seeing him each time I visited The Terrace at Priceville. May you find comfort in knowing the love he had for each of you. May God bless you. Penny Jones, The Terrace at Priceville

Kyla (Jackson) Archer

April 13, 2010

Cheryl and family, please know that you will be our thoughts and prayers during the loss of your dad.

Jen Davis

April 13, 2010

I have very fond memories of "Stormin Norman". I'll never forget his many acts of kindness to the secretaries at DCS Board Of Education while I was there. May God bless and keep your family in this time of sorrow. We are praying for you. Jen and James O. Davis