William Byron Black Jr.
1921 - 2017
Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
12800 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX
William Byron Black, Jr.
William Byron Black, Jr. 95, passed away on May 31, 2017. He was born November 19, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri to Dr. William Byron, and Alice Moynihan Black. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Claire Hyland Black, and his brother Durrill Black.
Bill is survived by his sons William Byron Black, III and wife Nancy, Christopher Durrill Black and wife Cynthia , as well as daughter Adrienne Black Godre and husband John . Surviving grandchildren are Michelle Black Wood and husband Peery, Bretaigne Elizabeth Black and their mother Mary Martha Black, as well as Vincent Nelson. Great grandchildren include Berkley Wood, William Wood, Hollis Wood, Simon Nelson, and Nicolas Nelson.
Bill attended the University of Missouri until his education was interrupted by WWII. He enlisted in OCS and was First Lieutenant in the 314th Forward Artillery Battalion in France in July of 1944. During an engagement while setting a forward observation post, Bill was wounded by German mortar fire. He received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and an Air Medal for his service during the war.
Upon his return to the US, Bill graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1947 and earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. Bill began his career as President of the Chamber of Commerce in Wichita Falls, Texas. He and Claire had many fond memories of lifelong friends made there. Later he moved to Houston to work at the Houston Chamber of Commerce. Bill was hired by The Second National Bank which later became Bank of the Southwest as Senior Vice President. Before his retirement Bill was President and CEO of East End State Bank.
Bill was a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church from its inception, living nearby in Pine Shadows when it was built. Bill was active in The Boy Scouts of America at St. Martin's Church, receiving a Silver Beaver award for his efforts to promote scouting. He was also President of the Houston Grand Opera and President and Director Emeritus of the Houston Museum of Science.
He was also a founding member of the Houston Racquet Club, where he played tennis regularly with friends including George Mitchell, Rennie Baker, Ruddy Cravens and Hugh Sweeny, and had memberships at the Forest Club and Lakeside Country Club.
The family wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to his faithful caregivers Jada Gibson, his angel, and D'Ann Hall for their kind service and care.
The family will hold a private service on Saturday, June 3rd. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions can be made to the Boy Scouts of America (2225 N. Loop W., 77008) or to the charity of their choice.
Published by Houston Chronicle on Jun. 4, 2017.
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MY greatest sorrow goes out to the family,please find comfort at 1 Thessalonians 4:14.I hope this can bring you a little comfort.AW.
June 5, 2017
PS. 37:3,4 Please take time to meditate in such a beautiful scripture ..that keeps me with a hope of seeing my heart's desire soon God is Good..and we have a hope to see our loved ones again soon. For now as they sleep continue in the faith. My condolences to all.
June 4, 2017
Deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your love one is in God's memory and will always be "precious in His eyes." Psalms 116:15
June 4, 2017
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