The Rev. Emanuel M. Norfor, senior pastor and founder of New Life Apostolic Church, died unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. The Rev. Norfor, has been a resident of Roswell for almost 32 years.
He was born Aug. 5, 1950, in Phoenix, the third eldest son of nine children born to John and Anna Nor for. Emanuel graduated from South Mountain High School in Phoenix and received an associateâ€™s degree in counseling from Phoenix College. He began working for the U. S. Post Office in October 1969, and transferred from Phoenix to Roswell in May 1979, when he was called to the pastorate. He married the love of his life, Barbara R. Wilson, on July 7, 1973. They have two children, Shalena Patrice and Robert Emanuel.
One of The Rev. Norforâ€™s passions was baking. His banana nut bread was second to none. He baked dozens and dozens of loaves trying to satisfy the many requests he received. In spite of his quiet demeanor, Emanuel came to life whenever he talked about the Word of God. He was devoted to God, his family, the church, and he had a genuine love for people. The Rev. Norfor was preceded in death by his father, John Norfor; brothers, Thurman, John Edward and Emitt; and sister, Cynthia Jackson. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 37 years, Barbara â€œPeachesâ€; daughter, Shalena â€œShayâ€; son, Robert â€œRob,â€ and wife, Carla, of Albuquerque; mother, Anna Nor for; brothers, Ronny, Joe and Patrick; sister, Cleta Joyce Patterson, and husband, Earnest, of Atlanta; his mother-in-law, Betty Wilson; a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins, in-laws, friends and his beloved church family. The wake will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at 7 p.m. at New Life Apostolic Church, 1800 W. Bland St.; and the homegoing celebration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with burial to follow in South Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 12 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, and Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to New Life Building Fund to help fulfill his vision for the church. Donations can be made online at newliferoswell. org, or mailed to NLAC, P.O. Box 5985, Roswell, NM 88202-5985. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online register book at andersonbethany. com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson- Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory.