Michael R. Black

Michael R. Black

Birth
Death 30 Apr 2010 (aged 61)
Burial Piedmont, Canadian County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 52013617 · View Source
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Michael R. Black, 61, of Show Low, AZ and formerly of Oklahoma City and Eufaula, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, April 30, 2010 in Payson, AZ. Michael was born March 19, 1949, in Chickasha, the son of Melvin and Ada (Green) Black. He was raised in Cement, graduating from Cement High School in 1967. He attended Central State University, the Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, TX and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Michael wanted to be in the funeral service from his high school days, when he began working for the funeral home in Fletcher. He had worked for Smith & Kernke Funeral Home in Oklahoma City, and Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home in Del City. He was out of the funeral industry for a time, working for Reserve National Life Insurance Company for several years, leaving in 1980 as a vice president of the company. He was married to Debbie Hall on December 1, 1979 in Oklahoma City. After a few years, Michael decided to realize his dream of becoming a small town funeral home owner. He and Debbie bought the former Kelley Funeral Home in Eufaula in 1985, renaming it Black's Funeral Home (now Hunn, Black & Merritt). He increased the business from 21 calls when first purchased to 150 calls in a matter of a few years, and also purchased the Merritt Funeral Service in Eufaula in 1995. He also opened a funeral home in Quinton. In 2001, they sold the funeral homes and moved to Oklahoma City, where he did occasional work for Hahn-Cook Street & Draper Funeral Home. He could never quite let go of the small town funeral business, and in 2005 purchased the former Jackson Mortuary in Show Low, AZ, now Black's Mortuary, which he and Debbie were operating at the time of his death. He was a member of the White Mountains United Methodist Church in Show Low, where he had served in several positions; the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Show Low Lodge 2090; auxiliary member of the VFW White Mountains Post 8798; Show Low Lions Club; Show Low Moose Lodge; and had served in many church and community positions in Eufaula. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and member of the India Shrine Temple in Oklahoma City and the White Mountain Shrine Club. Michael was a very outgoing, warm hearted and caring person, as evidenced by his choice of career. He touched many lives. In fact, when asked about his hobbies he frequently replied that he didn't have any because he enjoyed nothing more than practicing his profession. However, he did enjoy hunting, fishing and was an avid University of Oklahoma Sooners football fan. He also enjoyed going to the local coffee shops each morning wherever he was and visiting with his buddies. And, he loved Charlie Clark's orchard in the summertime in Pinetop! Michael is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debbie; a son, Michael Black and wife Lacey of Oklahoma City; two step-sons, Robert Mabry and wife Terri of San Antonio, TX and Jay Mabry of Oklahoma City; a sister, Faye Redmond and husband Bill of Fletcher, OK; a brother, Guy Black and wife Mary of Concord, California; grandchildren, Anais, Jake, Nick, Makenna and Ashlynne; several nieces, nephews and cousins and many, many friends around the country. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Paul Black; brother, Gary Black; sister, Joann Bartlett; and fur baby Mama Dog. Viewing will be at Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home in Eufaula on Thursday, May 6, with visitation from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 7, at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home in Del City, with burial following at Mathewson Cemetery in Piedmont. A memorial service will be held in Show Low at a later date.


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  • Created by: Robert Sandlin
  • Added: 5 May 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 52013617
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael R. Black (19 Apr 1949–30 Apr 2010), Find a Grave Memorial no. 52013617, citing Mathewson Cemetery, Piedmont, Canadian County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Robert Sandlin (contributor 46539933) .