Who is this Guy, Anyway?

People sometimes ask me, "Have you lived in Memphis all your life?"

My usual answer is, "Not yet!"

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1942.  I've lived here ever since, but I do have one final unrealized goal in life -- not to die in Memphis. The Memphis I knew when I was growing up no longer exists, and I am at the stage of life when I long for warmer places anyway. But I still have business to finish here in Memphis. I hope to escape to Florida, or maybe North Carolina, or maybe even Arizona someday.  My wife Christine and I are both Irish citizens (dual citizenship) and my pipe dream is to end my days in Ireland.  My last remaining goal in life is not to die in Memphis.

I'm a Permanent Deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee. I was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on March 4, 2000. The work of the Diaconate is very important to me. One of my favorite places is the Trappist Monastery in Kentucky. I believe that faith in God and service to other people gives meaning and purpose to human life, and that's what I want my life to be about.

I've been an active member of the Knights of Columbus for several years. I've served as Grand Knight of my Council and as Faithful Navigator of my Fourth Degree Assembly. I was a District Deputy on the Tennessee State Council for two years. The Knights of Columbus do very worthwhile and important work.

I've been a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) for many years. I vigorously support the right to keep and bear arms, and interpret the Second Amendment as affirming a personal, individual right to do so. I've also been a member of the National Muzzle-Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA). I've been a member of Mensa since 1969 and served as a Test Proctor for the local group for a while.

I retired from the Memphis Police Department Reserve in 2013 after 41 years as a Reserve Officer on the Memphis Police Department. I spent many years in squad cars, mostly on one-man patrol in south Memphis.  I worked several years in the General Investigation Bureau and the Felony Response Bureau, doing preliminary field investigations of homicides and other violent crimes.  At the end, I just worked special events and visited with the tourists.

I've been an Amateur Radio (Ham) Operator since 1976 and hold an Extra Class license although I haven't been very active in recent years, especially since the last lightning strike. If you should ever hear WA4ZHH on the air, give me a call. I'm good in every Callbook since 1978.

I have played the Tenor Saxophone since elementary school, and still play a little -- but I've heard it said that a gentleman is someone who can play the saxophone, but does not. I also play the guitar and sing in a loud voice.

I hold B.S. and M.A. degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), and earned an Ed.D. Degree in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at MSU in 1993. I was formerly Director of Security at a small, highly selective liberal arts college, and also hold the CPP (Certified Protection Professional, Lifetime, Retired) designation from the American Society for Industrial Security. I was a licensed Private Investigator in Tennessee for a while.

I've been married since 1993 to the lovely, charming, intelligent and talented Christine Katherine Mahern Mathewson Nourse. Chris is originally from Syracuse, New York but has lived in Memphis for many years. My daughter Rebecca is a Registered Nurse, and lives in the Memphis area with her husband Chris, their son Michael, and their daughter Mary. My son Will is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Memphis Fire Department and lives in the Memphis area with his wife Dena and their daughter Madison.  Chris' daughter Kelley lives in Syracuse, New York, where she works for Federal Express.

If you have any interest in the Nourse (AKA Nurse, Norris, Norreys, Nurss, etc.) Genealogy, click here for my Family Tree. All of the genealogy material is constantly under construction.  Check back or contact me for updates.

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