World famous actor and martial artist Chuck Norris paid tribute to his mother, Wilma Norris Knight, for her 100th birthday through an article he shared with World Net Daily.
He revealed how his mother’s faith was pivotal in his spiritual transformation. In addition, he wrote about significant moments in her life.
Wilma was born into poverty on May 4, 1921 in Wilson, Oklahoma. Norris wrote that his mother experienced a challenging life. She became a ward of the state at the age of 8 years and resided in a children’s hospital for she was diagnosed with a rare disease for two years. The moment of her release, she searched for her family during the Great Depression, and became a cotton picker in fields.
She got married at the age of 16. Unfortunately, Norris’ father abandoned them and Wilma became a single parent who raised her three boys alone.
“Mom has been an example of perseverance and faith her whole life,” Norris wrote in the write-up.
“She’s also endured the deaths of her two husbands, a stepson, two grandchildren, and my younger brother Wieland in the Vietnam War. She’s had cancer repeatedly and has gone through roughly 30 different surgeries for a host of issues — and yet she’s still here to tell us about it.”
The actor gave emphasis on the active prayer life of his mother.
“My mother has prayed for me all my life, through thick and thin,” Norris explained. “When I was born, I almost died from complications. When nearly losing my soul to Hollywood a few decades ago, she was back home praying for my success and salvation. She even prayed for me to find a woman to change my life, and it worked.”
Furthermore, the “Delta Force” star also paid tribute to his wife saying that he is where he is today because of the support of his mother and wife in his life.
“I equally celebrate my wife, Gena, during this Mother’s Day week. Gena helps me run all my enterprises and is CEO of our new artesian bottled water company, CFORCE. But most of all she is the mother of our twins, the love of my life, and my best friend,” he added. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for these two incredible women’s influence in my life.”
Further, Norris then quoted a Spanish proverb which states: “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”
“I love you, Mom! Happy 100th birthday! And Happy Mother’s Day, Mom and Gena! I thank God for you both every day! And I thank you for helping God to make me all I can and should be,” he concluded.