Local Update - February 14, 2007

Family, friends remember Congressman Norwood

U.S. Congressman Charlie Norwood is dead at the age of 65. The Augusta military dentist-turned-politician died Tuesday at his home under hospice care.

Charles Whitlow Norwood, Jr. was born in Valdosta, Georgia in 1941.

Norwood had been battling cancer and lung disease for 8 years. He returned to his Columbia County home last week after declining further hospital treatment in Washington, D.C.

The US House interrupted debate on an Iraq war resolution Tuesday afternoon for a moment of silence.

President Bush said, "Charlie was a good friend and a strong, spirited legislator who always stuck to his principles. He was a good man and a true patriot."

Norwood is survived by his wife, two sons and four grandchildren.

We sat down with Norwood's pastor and friend Dr. Steven Dodson, who told us about the last conversation he had with Norwood.

"He was very peaceful. Very understanding about the process that he was going through, and expressed appreciation for everyone you could imagine, and expressed concern and love for his family."

Dr. Dodson spent time with the Norwood family Tuesday night at their home and says they are doing as well as can be expected.

The two had been friends for more than five years, and Dodson says it's their mutual love for people that drew them together.

If you would like to pay your respects to Congressman Norwood, a public visitation is being held tonight from 5 to 7:30.

You can stop by Thomas Poteet and Sons funeral home at 214 Davis Road.

The funeral service for Charlie Norwood will be Thursday, February 15.

It will start at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Hundreds honor fallen Barnwell soldier

Funeral services are being arranged for another American patriot.

The body of Chief Warrant Officer Jason DeFrenn arrived at the airport in Barnwell Tuesday morning.

Hundreds came out, including his wife Jenny, who gave birth to a baby boy last week.

The 34-year-old Barnwell native died February 2 after his Apache helicopter was shot down.

Funeral services for Chief DeFrenn will be held Friday at 2 o'clock at First Baptist Church in Barnwell.