History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our Founder

A.T. “Gus” Norwood and Marcie Norwood founded the Norwood Funeral Homes chain with their first funeral home in the small town of Guin, Alabama in May of 1966. Then, in 1972 they opened the Norwood Funeral Home in Sulligent, Alabama. Their final location was opened in Fayette, Alabama in 1977 as Norwood Chapel.

Gus Norwood was well known and respected in the funeral profession as a man dedicated to service to his community and the families he served. A talented embalmer who understood the importance and need of viewing the deceased as a part of the grieving process, Gus was known to spend hours in preparing a body that had died from an illness or an accident that was considered by most as not-viewable for the public. This care and understanding of the need for viewing for a family continues today with the staff of Norwood Funeral Home.

Gus Norwood was born May 16, 1927 in Fort Payne, Al. and began his career in 1947.  Gus and Marcie moved to Winfield, Alabama in 1958 and worked for McGraw Brown-Service Funeral Home.  They worked for Spry Funeral Home and Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home in Florence, Alabama for a period of time before opening their own business in Guin, Alabama in May of 1966.  He understood the need for being with and walking with a family down the road of death and the funeral service and seeing them through the worst days of their life.

Gus Norwood died November 25, 1989 and Marcie Norwood died November 4, 2013.

This understanding of the importance of walking a family through a difficult time continues today with the staff of Norwood Funeral Home.

Our Valued Staff

  • Scott  Veal

    Scott Veal Owner

    Scott Veal has been a lifelong resident of Marion County. Scott graduated from Phillips High School in 1989. He currently teaches at Phillips High School and is the coach for boys and girls basketball. He is also the school athletic director.

    Scott received his Mortuary Science Degree from Des Moines Area Community College in 2016. Scott has been working at Pinkard Funeral Homes at Haleyville and Russellville from 2010 to 2016. Scott purchased the Norwood Funeral Homes in Guin and Sulligent in September of 2017. Scott is married to Lisa Veal and they have two children, Hunter and Allie.

    Scott is thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to serve the families in this area and help honor the memories of each loved one. He plans to continue the tradition of family service which was brought to the area by the founder of Norwood Funeral Homes, Gus Norwood.

  • David  Matthews

    David Matthews Funeral Director / Embalmer

  • Ronnie  Guyton

    Ronnie Guyton Funeral Director

  • Tracy Parker

    Tracy Parker Support Staff

  • Mac Washington

    Mac Washington Support Staff

  • Shane Hughes

    Shane Hughes Support Staff