Trey Jordan Black of Swansea, Ill., born Aug. 3, 1988, in Belleville, Ill., left his loved ones unexpectedly on Jan. 7, 2005, in Alton, Ill.
Trey was only 16 years old. Trey died in his friend William's arms, saying to his friend, "It's gonna be alright Folk, it's all gonna be alright." He closed his eyes and he went to sleep, only to then be carried gently into his grandmother's waiting, loving arms, where she is now holding him tight and kissing his sweet beautiful face until we see him again.
Trey previously attended Belleville East High School and was now enrolled in Belleville West High School. He attended St. Augustine's of Belleville, Freeburg and Wolf Branch grade schools. He did not care too much for school but loved life and his friends. He attended more of the social functions than he did his classes, but his friends and family meant the world to him. We would have kept him at home everyday if we knew we were to lose him just when his life as a young man was starting. No regrets.
Trey's love for recording music will forever live in our hearts. It was his passion and we knew he was meant for bigger and better things than this world could give him. We, his family, will always have the special songs he wrote and recorded to give us comfort throughout our heartbroken days without him. Trey had become quite the deer hunter, both bow and gun season. This had become his second love and he was so very proud being the first of the group to get a deer this year.
Trey was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mary Lee Johnson and Charles (Bud) Johnson; his paternal grandfather, Berry Black Sr. and his step-grandfather, James (Jake/Pop) Jacob; two uncles, Gary W. Black and Kevin Duckworth; and a cousin, Toni Smith.
Trey is survived by his parents, Mary Beth, nee Johnson, Jacob and Terry Lee Black; his step-parents, James "Bud" Jacob and Theresa Black; his paternal grandmother, Shirley Black, who he loved like no other. He was her baby, he was her Trey. He will be forever a brother to his sister, Tara Black and his brother, Taylor Black; his stepbrothers and stepsisters, Kyle and Keith Jacob, Joel, Julie and Jessie Esker and Jamie (Eddie) Williams; his step-grandparents, Loren and Marylou Holcomb and step-grandmother, Geri Jacob. He was a loving nephew to Buddie Johnson, Monte (Gayle) Johnson, Terry (Emilie) Johnson, Marsha Schlecht, Sue (Ron) Eichelberger, Kathy Trauernict, Tim (Pam) Johnson and Robert (Ronda) Johnson, Berry (Sharon) Black, Kay (Gary) Miller, Sheri Duckworth, Kim (Tony) Vieira, Glenda Johnson, Lori (Mike) Baker, Fritz (Anne) Holcomb, Sheri (Bill) Miller, Jan (Bobby) Bisso, Scott Jacob and Gary Jacob. Trey was very special to each and everyone of his 50 plus cousins who were raised to love each other like brothers and sisters. To all Trey's many friends he left behind, he loved you and he cared for you and may you always remember those loving and fun memories and laughable moments you all shared. You will be forever a part of our family and "Bound by Blood" to Trey.
"To our beautiful baby boy, who we cannot imagine living our lives without.
You were so special Trey, and this world was just not ready for you. You always told us that. I see your face Christmas morning, opening your gifts, unaware to all that this moment will never happen again. Never will a day pass that we will not cry for you. Never will the sweet song of "By-oh Baby" be sung to you from your mother's lips. I know you have forgiven all those who did not understand you, and that is what you wanted above all. All is well now Trey. As tears flood the keyboard we are typing on, know they are selfish tears of sorrow, as no parent should bury their child, but know you are with God's true special angel, your grandmother, who will keep you safe and fill your face with warm kisses until we see "our" angel again."
This is not goodbye
Treybee, only "until we hold you again....."
Donations may be made to the family.
Visitation: Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral processional will leave at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, from Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill., for an 11 a.m. Funeral service at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with the Rev. Andy Knopik and the Rev. Buddie Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2005