Johnnie Black Sr., age 82, a native of Yellow Bluff and a lifelong resident of the Jackson community, passed away peacefully on Aug. 16, 2020 at Mobile Infirmary. He was the son of the late Lee Gussie “Gus” and Luvenia Black.
Retired from Smith & Son’s Lumber Company, he spent the remaining days of his life helping and serving others whenever and wherever he could. He loved good gospel singing and happily joined the Joyful Wonders Quartet when the opportunity was presented. He loved traveling and singing from church to church and giving praise to God. Johnnie was a member of Gainestown A.O.H. Church of God where he served as a faithful deacon for many years and helped in various other ways. He loved his church and always found joy in fellowshipping with his church members. He was a great inspiration to everyone he met and had a strong compassion for his family, friends, church and community.
Johnnie was preceded in death by his wife, Eartha Mae Black; his parents, two brothers and four sisters.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories two children, Johnny (Penny) Black Jr. of Jackson and Patricia Clarke of Fayetteville, Ga.; three sisters, Louise Sylvester, Estella Goins and Ruby Eldridge of Mobile; brother, Robert (Gail) Black of Choctaw Bluff; three sisters-in-law, Thelma (James) Powell of Indianapolis, Ind., Velma Bumpers of Leroy and Corean Black of Thomasville; brother-in-law, Lowdee (Alice) Robinson of Pittsburgh, Pa.; great-aunt, Nettie Ann Powell of Pine Hill; four granddaughters, Chanalea Black of Mobile, Chanteal Black, Zoey Black and Lacey Black, all of Jackson; two grandsons, Robert Clarke Jr. and Patrick Clarke, both of Fayetteville, Ga.; one great-granddaughter, Camille Jones of Mobile; two devoted friends, Bro. Tony Ivory of Gainestown, who faithfully picked Johnnie up for church each Sunday morning and Bro. Bennie “Swift” Jackson for his lifelong dedication and friendship; very special friend, Ms. Ruth Howard of Whatley, whom he dearly loved and cherished; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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