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Richard L. “Blackie” Black, 88, of Jacksonville passed away Wednesday afternoon, October 7, 2020 at Passavant Area Hospital. He was born June 30, 1932 in Jacksonville the son of Paul and Gladys Andrews Black. He married Rose E. “Mikkie” Potter on August 7, 1958 in Jacksonville and she preceded him in death on March 1, 2020.

He is survived by one daughter, Angela (Douglas) Chamness of Springfield; two grandchildren, Derek Chamness of Springfield and Teri McKenna Black of Jacksonville; nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by two sons, Larry K. Black (surviving wife, Tahnya Ford of Jacksonville) and Terry W. Black and two brothers, Harold Wayne Black and Paul Jr. Black.

Mr. Black served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Baptist Electronic Supply Company in Jacksonville after 42 years of service. Then he was self-employed installing garage door openers & repair. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards and baseball.

The family will meet friends from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020 at Williamson Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Condolences may be left online at

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