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Black, Sr., Robert Ellis Age 83, born October 22, 1927 in Toledo, OH to William Barlow and Blanch Bomia. He passed away March 13, 2011 following a lengthy illness. Bob was a resident of Waxahachie, TX. He spent his younger years in Michigan and Dallas. He attended Adamson High School in Dallas, but left early to join the United States Navy where he earned his GED, and served on the USS Marchand, a destroyer, during WWII. Bob's ship was on hold in the Pacific when the atomic bombs were dropped in Japan. Following the war, Bob graduated from Paris Junior College. Bob spent most of his career as an electrician/ foreman, a longtime member of IBEW Locals 59 and 20, and employed by Fischbach and Moore and Howard P. Foley Company. Following an electrical accident, Bob lost his arm, but it never stopped him from doing the things he wanted to do. He continued to work on many of the notable buildings in Dallas including Northpark Center, the Dallas Convention Center, and many of the office buildings in downtown Dallas. He spent several months working in Saudi Arabia. He bowled in numerous leagues and tournaments, earning many awards, and serving on the DBA board. Following his retirement from electrical work, Bob and Marty opened a gift shop in downtown Grand Prairie, Gramma Marty's. When the store closed, they spent many memorable summers in Orillia, Ontario, Canada enjoying friends and family around the campfire by their trailer at Heidi's Campground. What Bob loved most was spending time with his family. He and Marty were avid supporters of many of their grandkids' activities. Bob helped coach his grandson, Aaron's, soccer team. Bob loved to play bingo at the Elks Lodge #71 and the VFW Post 6796 where he and Marty were members. Bob and Marty shared a love of music, and they spent countless hours enjoying and supporting many local singers including the Shoppe, Larry Barnett, Jim and Ann Weaver, Linda and Larry Petty, and everyone at Johnny High's Country Music Revue. Bob loved animals. He and Marty rescued many pets, many of whom found the best home ever at their house. Bob would drop whatever he was doing on nearly a daily basis to shuttle injured birds from Tri-Cities Animal Shelter to Rogers Wildlife Rehab Center. He also enjoyed visiting with and running errands for his buddies at Don Painter Photography where Marty worked. Bob and Marty enjoyed traveling together whether it was to Europe, Canada, California, Las Vegas, the northeast, Florida, the Gulf Coast, or their special destination, San Antonio. And you could pretty much count on wherever they went, Bob would run into someone he knew! He is survived by his wife and best friend for the last 35 years, Margaret (Marty/Betty) Thornton Black, his sons, Robert Black, Jr. and his wife, Peggy, of Plano, TX, Donny Black and his wife, Sherry, of Oceanside, CA, his daughter, Cheryl Black of Frisco, TX, and his step-daughter, Cheryl Davenport and her husband, Rick, of Waxahachie, TX; 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, his brother, Kenneth Black, of CA, and his dear friend, Karen Outland, of University Park, TX. Preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Ken Black, his daughter, Rebecca Black, his granddaughter, Alacia Black, his grandson Jeremy Black, his brothers, William Barlow and Donald Black, his sister, Marilyn Waymire. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any of the following organizations: SPCA.org - where Bob adopted his beloved friend, Hogan RogersWildlife.org - where Bob volunteered countless hours BestFriends.org - an animal sanctuary where Bob and Marty visited many times SalvationArmy.org - from whom Bob received comfort during WWII USO.org - in honor of Bob's military service


Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 16, 2011
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