William Henry (Bubba) Black, Jr. passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016, at the age of 83. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2016, graveside at the Old Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia, Texas. Born on December 11, 1932, in Henderson, W.H. was the son of Winnie Frances Black and William Henry Black. He was preceded in death by his parents; eldest daughter, Sherry Black Lancaster; and son-in-law, Jo Mike Mosley. His surviving loved ones include his brother, Dan Black and family; his daughter, Mary Black Mosley; his daughter; Tracy Black Monk and husband Marvin Monk; and sons-in-law, Tom Gardner and Herb Lancaster. His greatest joys were his grandchildren, Audrey Saxe (and husband Kevin), Patrick Gardner (and fiancé Kortnee), Haley Cowey (and husband Brandon), and Christopher Lancaster. "Bubba" had five great-grandchildren who will continue a new generation of ranch stories and know him through memories and retold stories. W.H. attended Midland High School and was a graduate and SAE alumni from The University of Texas. His family and he moved to Houston and retired in Damon, Texas at his beloved family ranch. Young W.H. was an important part of the start of the formerly GCCA (Gulf Coast Conservation Association) and felt most home on the waters of the Gulf Coast, especially in Galveston as an avid and respected fisherman. He was a member of the Columbia United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo & Barbecue, a past member of the Southwest Cattle Raiser Association, and a past member of the Galveston Yacht Club. W.H. enjoyed traveling around the world in his youth, and his family enjoyed tales of travels and will continue to cherish those memories. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CCA: Coastal Conservation Association. Please send a check to CCA Texas, 6919 Portwest Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77024, and indicate who the donation is in memory or honor of, the donor's (your) name and address, and the name and address of who should be notified of the contribution, if applicable.
Published by Midland Reporter-Telegram on Nov. 20, 2016.