SOUTH BEND, Ind. South Bend lost one of its truly finest Men In Blue today.
Lt. Norval Williams, a police officer many of you will remember as a fine cop and a true gentlemen. Always ready with a handshake and a smile.
I was introduced to Norval as a kid, when he was just a rookie. My dad, a lawyer, was visiting a client at the police station. We ran into Norval and my dad told me, "This is one of the finest officers you will ever meet." And he was.
Norval served with the South Bend Police Department from 1970 until retiring as a Lieutenant after 27 years in 1997.
He served alonside his brother, John who told me today that Norval had been battling Diabetes and congestive heart failure for a long time and his big heart just quit beating about 2 o'clock this morning..
The brothers served on the force together for about 20 years and John said, "He taught me a lot about what to do, and he taught me what not to do, but he was a good teacher. He taught a lot of the fellows down there. There were some days we didn't see eye to eye on a lot of issues, but I always respected and learned from him. And we (the family) thank God for all the good folks in this town."
After retirement, Norval also briefly served as assistant chief with the St. Joseph County Police Department and also worked security for Oprah Winfrey when she lived in Laporte.
Norval is survived by his wife Sarina and his daughters, Apryl and Tory. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
Lt. Norval Williams, one of South Bend's finest, dead at 69.
Visitation and funeral services for Norval are Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 101 N. Adams, South Bend, Ind 46628.