Funeral services for Wilford Eugene Black, 82, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at St. Mary's Catholic Church conducted by the Rev. Ernest Flusche. Burial with military honors will be at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Black was born March 7, 1918, at Yellville, Ark., to the late William Bryan and Flaussie Cowdrey Black. He died Friday, March 31, 2000, in the Norman Regional Hospital following a brief illness.
An Ardmore resident since 1925, coming here from Arkansas, he graduated from Ardmore High School, and was in his junior year at the University of Oklahoma when World War II interrupted his education. During the war he served honorably in the U.S. Navy.
He and Mary Ann Keller were married July 25, 1945, in Electra, Texas. She preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 1993. Until his retirement, he was an accountant with Westheimer and Neustadt Oil Company.
A member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, he served on the Parish Council, was an usher emeritus, was active in the Men's Club and the Knights of Columbus. Wilford was also a member of George R. Anderson Post 65 of the American Legion, Chapter 30 of the Disabled American Veterans, and was a founding member and docent of the Military Memorial Museum at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Donna Black, Norman; three granddaughters, Julie Black, Lawrence, Kan., Megan and husband, Joseph Hawks, Wichita, Kan., and Mandy and husband, Bill Godfrey, Oklahoma City; and great-grandson, William Godfrey, Oklahoma City. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, L.C. Black; and sister, Neva Sue Black.
Serving as bearers will be Jack D. Wilkes, Bill Swatzel, J.C. Luke, Bob Petz, David Capps, Burt Gibbs and Paul Wiles.
Memorials may be made to the Military Memorial Museum, P.O. Box 225, Ardmore, OK 73402.
Services will be directed by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.