JULY 4, 1940 - JANUARY
Published in Pensacola News Journal on January 14,
Russell went peacefully
in his sleep to be with his Lord Tuesday, January 12, 2010.
He was born in Fidelis, Florida, where his parents, Rev. J. L. and Myrtie
Black, served the Lord. Russell's excellence in baseball resulted in his
playing for the Baltimore Orioles Minor League after graduation from T.
R. Miller High School. His Statistics and History posted at Baseball-Reference.com
reflect his youthful vigor and work. At 19 he played for the Bluefield
Orioles of the Appalachian League. He went on to play for the Leesburg
Orioles of the Florida State League in 1960. He later joined the U. S.
Army where he played baseball in France and Germany during his service
time. Upon returning home, he was employed by Monsanto, where he completed
32 years of service.
His strong character and values were transparent when he spoke. One knew
there was nothing artificial about him. Russell was a skillful, avid hunter
and fisherman. His love of the outdoors was evident; however, nothing
surpassed his devotion and love for his wife, Shirley, his children and
grandchildren. He worshiped with his family at Ray's Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Shirley Black of McDavid, FL;
two sons, Eric and Kristi Black of Cantonment, FL, and Russ Black of McDavid,
FL; his daughter, Amy Black and Wendall Cooley of Chumuckla, FL; six grandchildren;
a brother, Merle Black of Columbus, MS; and a sister, Delores Trehern
of Milton, FL.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Black.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:00 am at
Ray's Chapel Baptist Church wit h Rev. Nathan Brown, Rev. Brian Calhoun
and Rev. James Black officiating.
Burial will follow at Ray's Chapel Cemetery with Petty Funeral Homes,
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 14, 2010 between 6:00 and 8:00
pm at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Damon Morgan, Kevin Morgan, Donnie Bell, David Bell,
Matt Jones and Ricky Caraway.