Roy Falls at Norris' gravesite

Roy Falls at Norris' gravesite

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Reprinted below is the editorial eulogy, published by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram on August 21, 1952.

"The newer generation may not fully recognize, in the death of Rev. J. Frank Norris, the passing of an unusual personality and the close of a life in which strife and storm and the exercise of dynamic leadership played dominant chords.  Although a clergyman, Dr. Norris could perhaps have achieved prominence in almost any field of human endeavor.  He possessed ambition, and brillance and the ability to gather others to his will."

"After 74 years, almost half a century of which was spent in the ministry, he had come into semi-retirement and had surrendered the pastorate of two tremendously large churches, the First Baptist here and the Temple Baptist Church in Detroit, and the presidency of the Bible Baptist Seminary, which he founded.  But his intimate association with the activities of his denomination had not ceased.  He reassumed the pastorate here only a few months ago, and death overtook him as he participated in a youth encampment near Jacksonville, Fla.  His promotion of the Fundamentalist Fellowship spread it across the nation and into foreign countries.  He preached internationally, and commanded throngs wherever he spoke."

"The force of his personality was enormous.  The controversies surrounding him were frequent and noisy.  He had the faculty of binding his friends and followers to him with hoops of steel, and the kindred quality of making implacable opponents, whom he always nettled and sometimes frustrated.  But deep in his character, whatever the controversies, was the spirit of the builder.  He built in beliefs, in numbers, and in stone.  These monuments remain."

"Dr. Norris possessed great talent, however critical his opponents may have been of its use.  His intellect was quick, and razor-sharp.  He could sway people in a mastery of mass psychology.  He had strength, and courage, and daring.  He was perhaps a man out of his era, an anachronism in a time which never completely understood the hard temper and evangelistic fervor of his character, but could not escape being facinated by it."

Reprinted by permission of Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Amon G. Carter, Sr., Founder and Publisher.

The originator of this web-site was an employee of Mr. Amon Carter Sr.  I knew him to be an honorable and gracious man, greatly admired by his employees.  I assisted him on many occassions carrying a wheel-chair bound employee up the front steps of the Star Telegram.

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