Friday, December 1st, 1933 - Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Glendale Black, 86, of Fairfield died Monday, Oct. 5 in Tyler.
Glendale was born December 1, 1933 in the Dew/Lanely area in the southern part of Freestone county to Hiram Glass Black and Eunice McCeig Black. He and his family moved just outside Fairfield on Lovers Lane on January 1, 1945.
He attended high school in Fairfield and was active in athletics, lettering all four years in football and basketball, earning “All District” designation for three years, and also participating in track and field events. While still in high school, he along with their teacher coached 7th grade girl’s baseball. He was also active in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and graduated with the FHS Class of 1953.
Glendale served four years in the US Navy and was discharged from the service in July of 1957.
He married the former Shelba Jean Key on Nov 3, 1957 at Antioch Baptist Church in the Turlington Community.
He enjoyed a career as a custom farmer for many years beginning in 1958, first with his father, Hiram Black, and later with his sons, Bud and Steve. His cattle ranching operations also included his father and his sons, as well as his grandsons Benjamin and Cory, and Bro. Donald Pruitt.
He was very active in service at Calvary Baptist Church, and was ordained as a deacon December 3, 1972, which he described as “an awesome privilege and responsibility.” Through the years, he served as Sunday School Superintendent of the Adult Dept., and later as General Superintendent for many years; was active in Brotherhood, serving as President; was assistant church treasurer and later church treasurer for many years; taught College & Career Sunday School Class for several years in the 1970s and 80s; was past president of the Deacon Board; served on pulpit committees; was a church usher and greeter; and served on several building committees, including the planning and construction of the present Calvary Baptist Church facility from 1986-1988.
Glendale and Shelba also served on the Youth Committee for many years and were involved with the Bus Ministry from its beginning in 1969. He drove the bus until 2006.
Glendale enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren as they were growing up. He studied the Bible avidly and also enjoyed reading Christian books, especially those written by Dr. Charles Stanley.
Glendale is survived by his wife, Shelba Jean; two sons, Bud Black and wife Kelly and Steve Black and wife Melinda, all of Fairfield;
Grandchildren Julie Crocker and husband Casey of Tomball; Lauren Ashley Black of Houston; Ben Black and wife Brianne of Manvel; Cory Black of San Antonio; Brett Walker and wife Jenn of Richmond; and Katy Conner of Fairfield;
Great-grandchildren Cameron Crocker, Hadley Walker, Hannah Walker and Killian Conner;
Sisters Mozelle Cherry of Longview, and Doris Casey and husband Roy Jr. of Fairfield; brother-in-law Kenneth Wayne Key of Houston; sister-in-law Kay Key of Fairfield; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Harold Brown, a brother-in-law W. H. Cherry, and another brother-in-law, Maxie Glenn Key.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Calvary Baptist Church
    220 E. Main
    Fairfield, Texas 75840
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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 10:00am
    Calvary Baptist Church
    220 E. Main
    Fairfield, Texas 75840
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiated by Rev. Terry Skinner, Rev. Robert Easterling, Mr. Elton Moore. Pallbearers: Casey Crocker, Ben Black, Cory Black, Brett Walker, Elton Moore and Donald Mullen. Honorary Pallbearers: Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church
  • Interment

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 |
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    Antioch Cemetery
    FM 1364 @ US Highway 84 East


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Posted at 09:23am
My prayers are with you all. Heaven has a new saint. Mr Black was a true inspiration with a wonderful family and legacy. peace be with all of his family
R Posted at 09:24am

this is Zack Newman

Dan B. Willard

Posted at 10:01pm
My prayers and condolences to Shelba, Bud, Steve, and other members of the Black family on Glendale's passing. God Bless.

Janice and Joe McCalman

Posted at 01:11pm
Joe and I love Glendale so much, he and Shelba are like family to us. Dad said he Glendale was his best friend. Glendale was as Dad to him as his brothers. Love in Christ as well really brought this family close to our family. We are praying for all at this time of grief. May you feel God's presence and peace daily as you learn to live without Glendale beside you. We love you all.

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