Saturday, March 4, 2017

Chuck Norris wasn’t born in Texas, but pretty close

Norris was born in Ryan, Okla., 10 miles north of the Texas border. Ryan is in Jefferson County, in south central Oklahoma. The county seat is Waurika. Jefferson County’s 2010 population was 6,472, a 5% decline from 2000. Since the state’s first census in 1910, Jefferson County has shown an increase in population two times. The largest population was 17,664 in 1920.

Ryan’s population was 816 by the 2010 census, a decline of 78 from the 2000 counting. Racial demographics show the population is 87.5% white, 3.2% Native American, 0.67% African-American, 6.8% “other races” and 1.6% of the people said they were from two or more races. Hispanic population was 12.3% in 2010. About 27% of families and 25% of the total population lived below the poverty level, including 32% of those under the age of 18 and 13% of those 65 and older.,_Oklahoma

Country singer Floyd Tillman was born in Ryan, in 1914.

Norris was born Carlos Ray Norris in Ryan going on 71 years ago. His parents divorced when he was 16. His mother moved him and his two brothers to Prairie Village, Kan., and then to Torrance, Calif. His brother Wieland was killed in Vietnam. Wieland was a month and nine days short of his 27th birthday when he was killed. Cause of death was listed as “Gun, Small Arms Fire.”

Wieland was with Co. A, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He arrived in Vietnam on April 24, 1970, and was killed June 3.

Chuck Norris joined the Air Force in 1958. He was an Air Policeman at Osan Air Force Base, Republic of Korea. He was discharged in 1962. He later moved to Texas and for a while was a reserve police officer in Terrell.

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