AG Black passed away at his home Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Riverwood from 5 until 7 p.m. and will resume prior to the service at 11:30 a.m. The funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at First United Methodist Church at noon. Interment will be at Riverwood Memorial Park.
Black was born on Aug. 22, 1923, in Jasper, Ala., to Emmett E. Black and Mary Etta Black. He graduated from Jasper High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a gunnery instructor.
Black was a J.C. Penney manager for 43 years in Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi, and was known around Brookhaven as “Mr. Penny.”
An active member of First United Methodist Church, he served on the Board of Trustees and was finance committee chairperson. He was the president of the Brookhaven Lions Club, chairman of the Retail Merchant’s Committee of the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the Gobbler Hollow Hunting Club.
Once he retired from the JC Penny Company in 1983, he could be found fishing from a pier in Gulf Shores, Ala., sitting in a treestand hunting with one of his grandchildren, or traveling around the world with his wife and two daughters. Much to the chagrin of his wife, Rosalind, he saved almost everything with plans to fix it and more often than not, he had just what someone was looking for out in his shop.
To his daughters, he served as an anchor and a model for how a man should love his wife. For his grandchildren, his kindness, gentleness and patience was balanced by a fierce devotion to those he loved. This devotion was so evident that even his great grandchildren looked to his marriage as an example of what to emulate.
This year marked 75 years of marriage to the love of his life, Rosalind Underwood. Even in his last days, a kiss from his wife brought a smile to his face. His legacy is one of sweetness, love, sacrifice and devotion.
Black was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett E. Black and Mary Etta Black, his brother, James, and sister, Elanor Black, as well as his beloved daughter, Becky Black Morgan.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalind Black; daughter, Patricia Black Allen and her husband Robert O. Allen; son-in-law, Randy Morgan; his grandchildren, Julie Allen Foncea and her husband, Pablo Foncea, Will Allen and his wife, Jenny Allen, David Morgan and his wife, Amanda Morgan, Michelle Staub and her husband, Aaron Staub, and Phillip Morgan and his wife, Alli Morgan. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Janie Foncea, Jacob Foncea and his wife, Clayton, Sam Allen, Lucy Allen, Brent Staub, Kayla Grace Staub, Hailey Staub and Everett Morgan.
If you would like to leave a word of comfort or sympathy to the AG Black family, you may do so at www.riverwoodfamily.com.
Riverwood Family Funeral Service, Brookhaven, Mississippi; 601-833-6680