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50 North Pinch Road
Elkview, WV 25071
Phone: (304) 965-3331
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Thomas Black

Thomas Leroy Black

Wednesday, March 14th, 1934 - Saturday, November 16th, 2019
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Thomas L. Black

Thomas L. Black, 85, of Dunbar passed away on Saturday, November 16 at his home. He was born in McDunn, WV.

Tom was a Korean War Veteran serving in the US Air Force from 1951-55. He is a graduate of East Bank High School, WV Tech and he obtained his Master's from Marshall. He was a member of Chelyan Masonic Lodge 158 AF&AM, Beni Kedem Shriners of Charleston, also past secretary for the Beni Kedem Shriners, the Legion of Honor, Royal Order of Jester's and American Legion.

Tom was a former Mayor of East Bank from 1959-60, a member of the Legislature from 1961-66, and County Commissioner from 1973-1978, he was a teacher at Woodrow Wilson and Dupont Junior Highs, and a small business owner for over 30 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Benjamin F. and Margaret E. Black; along with six brothers, one sister, one grandchild and one great grandchild.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Ethel, his children Thom (Caryn) Black, Patty (Harry) Childress, Paul (Guyla) Black, Micki (Brad) Simon, Thomas (Helen) Talbert, 13 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.

Service will be at 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Hafer Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park in Big Chimney with Masonic graveside rites by the Chelyan Masonic Lodge 158 AF&AM.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5-8PM at Hafer Funeral Home.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road Elkview, WV 25071.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Hafer Funeral Home
    50 North Pinch Road
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Hafer Funeral Home
    50 North Pinch Road
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
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  • Interment

    Elk Hills Memorial Park
    4705 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Big Chimney , WV
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Cecil E. Roberts

Posted at 08:57am
I knew Tom for at least 50 years. He served his country ,returned home , served his town as Mayor, served his State in the Legislature and then the County Commission. Public Service defined Tom. We are all so fortunate Tom passed our way. His friend, Cecil Roberts.

Therese Eller

Posted at 06:14pm
I remember going to WV to visit Granny and the Black family. Uncle Tom came to me to make sure I had enough money to get home. I know they did not have a lot. It touched me that he not only checked on me but was willing to share what he had to make sure that I was ok. He was a very giving man.

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