He was born on May 2, 1936, in Delhi, Louisiana, to Vernon Black and Adele Tucker Black. He married his high school sweetheart, Melva Ellen Hendrix in 1955.
He enlisted in the US Navy in 1954, and served as Boatswain’s Mate aboard the USS Pickaway, the USS Corregidor, the USS Chilton, the USS Observer and a PT boat of Mine Squadron Ten. He was involved in conflicts in Korea, The Bay of Pigs and served in Camranh Bay, Vietnam during 1969.
He was stationed at NAS Chasefield, Beeville, TX from 1967 to 1969, and performed the duties of Security and Investigation for the US Navy. He retired from the service in 1973, as a Boatswain’s Mate Chief security officer for the Admiral’s Staff at Comphiblant Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia. Upon his retirement, he moved the family back to Beeville, Texas, where he continued a career in law enforcement and served as a police officer with the Beeville Police Department until 1976. He then moved back to his hometown roots in Rayville, LA in 1976, where he worked and later retired from State Farm Insurance. He also engaged in farming his property in Rayville, LA until his death.
He continued to travel back and forth from Rayville to Beeville over the years, to engage in fishing, camping and hunting with his children and grandchildren, as well as to watch his grandson, Derrick Casares, of Beeville, TX, play sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 47 years; his daughter, Jamie Allison Black; and his brother, Julian Tucker Black.
Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Michele O’Deay and husband, Kraig, of Rayville, LA; daughter Julie Lynette Casares and husband, Juan of Beeville, Texas; a son, Bradley Keith Black of Springfield, Vermont; his brothers, Vernon Eugene Black of Epps and Dennis Leiand Black of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Brown-Holley Funeral Chapel, Rayville, LA, with daughter, Lynette Casares officiating. A military burial followed in Shanks Cemetery, in Rayville, Louisiana.
His pallbearers were grandchildren, Brandon Maldonado, Austin Maldonado, Justin
Black, Jeremy Black, Rachel Black, Derrick Casares and Mathew Quintero.
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