Jeffrey Stone Norwood, a blues musician who performed up and down the East Coast as well as in the Mississippi Delta, died Sunday at 50.
Born Oct. 3, 1961, in Washington, D.C., he grew up in McBee and was a graduate of Hartsville High and the University of South Carolina.
A son of Dr. Mary Catherine Norwood of Camden and Benjamin Lucas Norwood, formerly of McBee, he also is survived by his wife, Mary Anne McLaurin Norwood, their daughter, MaryAnna Bethune Norwood, and his stepson, John Daniel McLaurin, II. In addition, he is survived by his children from his first marriage, Eric Jeffrey Norwood, and Hannah Ilea Norwood, and their mother, Sherie Kaigler.
He also is survived by a sister, Robyn Norwood, and her husband Mark Whicker, a brother, Michael Norwood, and his wife Tina, and three nieces and one nephew. He was predeceased by his brother Daniel Norwood.
Norwood’s 2009 release “Awendaw” continues to receive critical acclaim. His final CD, “Push Pilin,’” produced by James “Jimbo” Mathus, was released in 2011.
A review on BostonBlues.com said Norwood’s second release “takes us even farther off the beaten track than his swampy debut,” and that Push Pilin’ “comes out with a blunt hammer, then seduces us with some of the sweetest licks I’ve heard in a decade or more.”
Graveside services for Jeffery Norwood will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, April 27, 2012 at Scotch Cemetery, Bethune, SC. Rev. John Hallman will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in Bethune.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences may be made to the Norwood family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.