Matthew L. Black, 31, formerly of Rixford, went to be with the Lord on Friday (Oct. 19, 2012) at Rochester (N.Y.) General Hospital following an apparent heart attack.
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Born Jan. 12, 1981, in Bradford, he was a son of Tim and Lisa Wandover Black. On May 22, 2010, at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Rochester, he married Amanda Santantrea, who survives.
Matt graduated from Otto-Eldred High School in 1999 as class valedictorian. He later graduated from the University of Phoenix with an associate's degree in Christianity. He then received his bachelor's degree of Christian education from the Institute for Christian Works in Decatur, Ala. Later, from the Universal Life Church Seminary in Decatur, he received his master's degree in credentials of ministry and his doctorate of divinity. From the NCI Bible College he received a master's degree in theology studies and a doctorate degree in church education. He was also initiated as a member of the Tau Sigma Academic Honor Society from Liberty University.
He had resided in Rixford until moving to Rochester in 2010.
He was employed by C.L. McKiernan Bus Garage in Smethport for 6 years. For the past two and a half years he, along with his wife, was the youth minister at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Rochester. He was also an ordained Christian chaplain and minister in Pennsylvania and New York. He had also had various jobs online as a computer technician.
Mr. Black had attended the Coryville Church of Faith and was a youth minister at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene. He was also a member of the National Honor Society in high school.
He loved the Lord, studying the Bible and being helpful to others. He also loved hunting, carpentry and was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins fan. He enjoyed singing.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his parents of Rixford; a maternal grandfather, Tom Wandover of Inverness, Fla.; maternal stepgrandparents, Gary and Judy Wagner of Blasdell, N.Y.; as well as by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mary Lou Wandover; two uncles, Robert E. Mosher and Jeffery Wandover; and paternal grandparents, Robert and Pauline Black.
Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Coryville Church of Faith, at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Glenn Hamilton and the Rev. Beth Rossler, both of the Lighthouse Free Methodist Church, co-officiating. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.
Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com
Frame Funeral Home
230 Main Street
Eldred, PA 16731
Published in The Bradford Era from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, 2012