Sampson Clerk of Court Norman Wayne Naylor sustained a mild stroke over Memorial Day weekend, but is doing well and expected to make a full recovery, family and colleagues said.
He is currently in WakeMed Rehab undergoing physical therapy, but has kept his wits and remains in contact with Clerk’s Office staff on a daily basis, wife Norma said.
“Norman had a little stroke last week,” Mrs. Naylor confirmed by phone Tuesday. “He never lost his cognitive abilities. He is talking and he has talked with his secretary and people at work every day. He is very positive and the doctors are very positive.”
Naylor has served as Clerk of Sampson County Court for more than a decade, currently wrapping up his third term in the position. He filed in February to seek his fourth term in office and is unopposed on November’s ballot. Prior to becoming clerk in 2002, Naylor served as a Sampson County commissioner for 10 years, leaving when he was elected to the clerk’s position.
At the time of his filing, Naylor called his job a “pleasure” and said he looked forward to “the opportunity to continue this rewarding and fulfilling service.” Mrs. Naylor said her husband is gaining strength back day by day and hopes to get back soon.
Naylor is expected to be in rehab for “a couple weeks” in accordance with doctor’s orders. The main point of focus for Naylor’s rehab is his left leg and attempting to restore full strength to it.
“They want to get him to ambulate better,” his wife said. “He is doing well. Not just from the standpoint of being his wife, but from a nurse’s standpoint — I’ve seen things like this — he is doing very well. The outlook is good. His appetite is wonderful. He loves home-cooked food.”
Sharon Carter, administrative assistant to Naylor, said she has talked with him regularly over the past week.
“It was very mild,” Carter said of the stroke. “I have spoken with him every day and we’ve had very good conversations. He’s doing good. He has a good appetite, a good attitude and is ready to get back to Sampson County and back to work. He told me, ‘I am a fighter and I will be back.’”
Carter asked that everyone keep Naylor in their prayers.
“He appreciates all the concern and prayers. Those prayers, that’s what gets all of us through every day.”
Mrs. Naylor agreed.
“We appreciate the prayers,” she remarked. “His ambition is to get back to work as soon as possible. We know he is going to be fine. In the past, he’s been a fighter and he’s a fighter now.”
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