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May 13, 1950 –  April 6, 2018  Bill Black was born on May 13th 1950 to David and Dorothy (Huddleston) Black in Muenster, TX. He went home to be with his Lord on April 6th 2018. Visitation services are to be held at Meador Funeral Home on Monday, April 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Grand Avenue Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 10th at 2:00 PM, with brother Benny Strong officiating, assisted by Howard Horton of Bells. Pallbearers will be: Jason Black, Craig Boggs, Dustin Black, Landon Woolf, C.J. Oldaker, Joshua Black, and Eli Woolf. Interment will follow at Reed Cemetery.Bill was a lifelong resident of Myra, Texas where he attended primary school. Bill attended high school and graduated from Era ISD. Bill lived in Myra his entire life where he raised his family and based several of his business ventures. Bill earned his Master’s Electrical and Contractor’s licenses and opened his electrical company, Bill Black Electric, in 1982 after working electric jobs on the side for several years.
Bill married the love of his life, Rose Eckart, on March 1st 1969 at Sacred Heart church in Muenster TX. Bill carried a strong faith in Jesus and attended Myra Baptist Church where he served as deacon and taught Sunday school classes for over twenty years. In 2003, he accepted the call to ordained ministry to preach at Grand Avenue Baptist Church, where he served as pastor for the remainder of his life.
Bill always had a wonderful love for people, and particularly, the most defenseless among us. This naturally drew his attention to the plight of unborn children. This love led him to assist with the founding of a crisis pregnancy center in Gainesville, TX. This work with ABBA spanned 25 years and benefitted countless families in and around north Texas.
Bill was active politically and encouraged others to participate in their civic responsibility through voting and participating in government processes.
In 2004, Bill and his family opened the Wolf Den family restaurant in Gainesville. For the past 14 years, Bill could frequently be found there offering a smile and a friendly welcome to any who entered the doors, followed by a heartfelt “Thank You” as they departed.
Bill is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rose, his sons, Danny Black and wife, Joy of Krugerville, Paul Black of Denton, his daughters, Connie Woolf and husband, Bobby of Bowie, Donna Harendt of Myra and Aaron of Woodbine, and Jennifer Oldaker and husband, Charlie of Sanger; ten grandchildren, Rachel and Joshua Black, Hannah, Landon, Bethany, and Eli Woolf, Harley and Raleigh Harendt, C.J. and Alissa Oldaker; brothers, Mike Black and wife, Jan of Flower Mound, Wendell Black and wife, DeeAnn of Lindsay; and sisters, Etta Boggs and husband, Kenneth of Myra, Faye Skeans of Lindsay, Terry Krebs and husband, Mark of Gainesville and sister-in-law, Jennie Matthews of Mansfield.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Will Matthews, sister, Jean Lewis, and a son, Keith Black.
The outpouring of love from the community at the announcement of his passing has been humbling and overwhelming to his family. In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations made to ABBA Women’s centers. http://videos.lifetributes.com/884845