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James Black

Sunday, March 3, 2002

GRANITE CITY, Ill. _ James Randy Black, 76, died Friday at 11 a.m. March 1, 2002, at the residence of his daughter, Paula Cross, in Charleston, Mo.

Born Aug. 8, 1925, in Bear Springs, Tenn., to the late Homer and Edna Watts Black, he had lived in Granite City most of his life. He was employed with Laclede Steel Co. in Alton, Ill., until he retired, was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and was of the Baptist belief.

On Oct. 29, 1949, he married Mildred Geraldine Jones who preceded him in death on March 27, 1993.

Survivors include: two sons, David Black of Charleston and Glenn Black of Granite City, Ill.; four daughters, Darlene Eaton, Sherry Todd and Ruth Ely of Granite City and Paula Cross of Charleston; one brother, Joe Black of Boaz, Ky.; one sister, Earlene Hayes of Metropolis, Ill.; and 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, one daughter, Gail Sperino; one grandson, Christopher Adams; two brothers, Leslie Black and Maurice Black; and one sister, Sarah Black preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the McMikle Funeral Chapel in Charleston where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Gerald Penn, pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Charleston, will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.