Brandon Norman, a 2004 graduate of Briarwood Academy, passed away Nov. 25 at the age of 19. The cancer that had prevented him from playing football during his senior year of high school finally claimed his life.
"There's too much to say about Brandon," said former Briarwood classmate and teammate Bob Wills. "Brandon was just a friend of everyone's."
Mr. Norman was a lifelong resident of Warren County and was a standout on the Briarwood football, basketball, baseball and track teams. Perhaps what friends and family will remember most about Mr. Norman is the way his personality came out during sports.
"He was an outstanding athlete," said Briarwood Headmaster John Hammond. "He excelled in every single sport. He was a leader in his class, and it was his presence that motivated a lot of success on the fields of competition."
"He was a fierce competitor. He never would quit," Mr. Wills said. "I remember going up against bigger guys. He was always a little bit smaller than everybody, but he was as strong as an ox. He would do whatever it took to get the job done."
Mr. Norman had been attending classes at Augusta Technical College and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Thomson.
"He was just a fine young man. He had a real real wonderful personality. People really liked him, and he really liked people," Mr. Hammond said.
Mr. Norman is survived by his parents Marvin T. Norman and Iris Williford Norman and his sister Amanda Norman, all of Warrenton; his grandmothers Lonice Williford Russell of Dearing and Jeanette Norman of Martinez, and a great grandmother, Fronnie Bell Black of Avera.
Funeral Services for Mr. Norman were held on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the Briarwood Academy gymnasium. Officiating the service was First Baptist Pastor Dr. James Ramsey, Dr. Joe Wills and Mr. Hammond.
Mr. Norman was laid to rest in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens following the service. Pallbearers were Mr. Wills, Chandler Harris, Colby Williford, Jason Norman, Matt Ansley and Ryan Carrow.
Honorary pallbearers included the Briarwood Academy class of 2004, the 2003-2004 Briarwood football, basketball, baseball and track teams as well as Coach Steven Simpkins, Coach John Osborne, Coach Jimmy Barnett and Coach Clayton Parrish.
Anyone wishing to make memorial donations can send them to the Briarwood Academy Booster Club at 3155 Thomson Hwy. NE Warrenton, Ga. 30828 or to First Baptist Church P. O. Box 1205 Thomson, Ga. 30824.