CHARLESTON - Lanie G. "Leather" Black, 84, died at 8:20 a.m. Feb. 8, 2003, at the East Prairie Nursing Center.
Born July 9, 1918, in Naylor, son of the late Lanie G. and Sara Oliver Black Sr., he lived in Mississippi County most of his life. He was engaged in farming and cotton ginning until retiring in 1978. A member of the United Methodist Church in Charleston, he was a former member of the Charleston Lions Club. An active business and civic leader in the community, he was a charter member of the Charleston Country Club. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an air traffic controller in numerous places throughout Europe and Asia in World War II. An avid outdoorsman, he had a love for quail hunting and golfing.
On July 11, 1945, he married Sue Bell Whitehead who preceded him in death on Oct. 5, 1973.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Lanie G. and Ann Black III and Monroe and Martha Ellen Black of Charleston; two sisters, Caroline Morgan of Denver, Colo., and Sally Looms of Taos, N.M.; and two grandsons, L.G. Black IV, a U.S. Naval aviator stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., and J.J. Black of Charleston.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Don Oliver Black; and one sister, Elizabeth Yates.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday.
The Missouri Military Honor Guard will conduct graveside military rites at the IOOF Cemetery near Charleston.