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Chuck Norris and his mom Wilma.

Chuck Norris’s 100-year-old mother set godly example for her children

Action hero Chuck Norris, now 81, credits his 100-year-old mother for much of his success.

“Mom has been an example of perseverance and faith her whole life,” he said. “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 about it.”

The actor pointed directly to his mother’s active prayer life.

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“My mother has prayed for me all my life, through thick and thin,” Norris said. “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. 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.”

The former star of the CBS-TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” a role for which he’s still known, explained that without his mother and his wife, he wouldn’t be the man he is today. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for these two incredible women’s influence in my life,” Norris wrote in his Mother’s Day tribute.

His mother appeared on Mike Huckabee’s TV show several years ago.

“I kept them in church and Sunday school, I taught Sunday school and we had our prayers all the time,” she said . “Spiritual life was very important to me. Still is. Give them lots of love. Take them to church and Sunday school. But you see, God didn’t give us our children. He only loaned them to us for a while.”

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice