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.