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Ray Black, 91, of Catlettsburg, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Ray was born Nov. 6, 1925, in Durbin, to the late Ralph and Goldie Dixon Black.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Jose Black and Katherine Black; three brothers, Harry Black, Steve Black and Kenneth Black; and a sister, Anna Mae Bowling.
He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II and later became Chief Operator for Tennessee Gas. He enjoyed gardening and fishing. He attended Cyrus Chapel United Methodist Church in Catlettsburg.
Ray is survived by his wife of 68 years, Thelma Lewis Black; his son, Ron Black and wife Jan from Russell; six grandchildren, Hannah Black from Russell, Olivia Black from Columbus, Ohio, Adam (Stacy) Black from Ashland, Kendall Black from Russell, Cory Black from Russell, and Amelia Black from Russell; one great-grandchild, Jenny; and one sister, Norma Jean Kinney from South Point, Ohio.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at Black/McKnight Cemetery in Catlettsburg with Pastor Mike Amos officiating.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at Neal Funeral Home in Catlettsburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101 or Cyrus Chapel United Methodist Church, 6212 Durbin Rd., Catlettsburg, KY 41129
Condolences may be sent to kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 21, 2016
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