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Rev Malcom Black, Jr

  • Birth 10 Dec 1854 Shelby, Austin County, Texas, USA
  • Death 23 May 1948 Sterling City, Sterling County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Sterling City, Sterling County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 20453250

Malcom Black was the son of Scotish born, Malcom Black, Sr. and North Carolina born, Jannet McNiell.

He was educated at home and could read Latin and Greek proficiently before he entered Baylor University at Independence, Texas in 1870 at the age of 16. After spending five years in business, he entered A & M College in Bryan, Texas. He graduated in 1879 with a Civil Engineering degree. He was a member of the Charter graduating class and for many years held the distinction of being the oldest living graduate. He gradated from Union Seminary in Richmond, VA and also Columbia Seminary. He was licensed by the Central Texas Presbytery at Temple, Texas on June 25, 1884 and ordained on Oct. 21, 1884 in Georgetown, Texas.

One week before his ordination, on Oct. 14,1884, Malcom Black married Ida Shive in Georgetown, Texas.

Rev. Black organized several churches in Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas from 1884 to 1899. Forced to leave Arkansas after contracting Malaria, he moved to Sterling City, Texas. In November of 1899, he became the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling City. He retired from preaching in 1910 but remained active in the church and community. He was a member of the Sterling School Board, was an Associated Press correspondent, County Commissioner, County Executive Secretary, Justice of the Peace, and Assesor and Collector of school Taxes.

On December 7, 1947, Dr. Black conducted services at the First Presbyterian Chuch at the request of the pastor and congregation in honor of his 93rd birthday. At 93 he was the oldest native-born Presbyterian preacher in Texas.

On Sunday night, May 23, 1948, Dr. Black died suddenly while attending a revival meeting at his church. Sitting in the pew, people around him thought he had fallen asleep. For a man who was always faithful to the Lord he love, what better place from which to be called Home.

In their 27 years together, Malcom and Ida Black had seven children. Four died very young, only three lived to adulthood. Their children were:

Zenas Evander (1885-1965)
Stillborn son (1888-1888)
Hiram LeRoy (1889-1890
Alice Valena (1892-1895)
Ida Rosetta (1895-1899)
Serena Viola (1898-1925)
Malcom Lesure (1902-1918)


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  • Created by: Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms
  • Added: 14 Jul 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20453250
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Malcom Black, Jr (10 Dec 1854–23 May 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20453250, citing Sterling City Cemetery, Sterling City, Sterling County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms (contributor 46905852) .