Laverne Harold Black, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Cassville, Mo., on Nov. 4, 2011.
He was born in Barry County, June 14, 1928, the eldest son of Marion and Iva (Taylor) Black. He was the third of 8 children. He grew up on his family's farm on Flat Creek, where, as a child, he attended Black School. He graduated from Cassville High School in 1945 and was united in marriage to Lilas Towe, his high school sweetheart, on Feb. 2, 1948. She preceded him in death in 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two older sisters, and one younger brother.
He is survived by his daughter, Laverna, and his four sons, Tim, Steve, Kelly, and Kevin. He is also survived by his sister, Bonnie, his brothers, Bill, Randy, and Bob, 11 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
He and Lilas migrated west in 1948, eventually settling in Prineville, Ore., where he worked in the lumber business for 45 years, eventually retiring as the Sales Manager of Consolidated Pine in 1993. After 58 years in Central Oregon, he and Lilas returned to their childhood home in Cassville in 2006.
He is remembered for his work ethic, his skilled hands, his personal faith, an enormous embrace, a warm laugh, and the harmony he created with his voice and his guitar. He never shrank from responsibility, a chance to learn a new skill, or a long day's work. He could work a team of mules, plumb a house, and overhaul an engine. He built his first home at the age of 22 with little more than a handsaw. He lived his life as an example to his children. Aside from his family, and his God, his greatest love was his early childhood, running barefoot through the Ozarks.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, which is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the First Baptist Church, followed by interment at Pilant Cemetery. Pastors John Duncan and James Weaver will conduct the services.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Souls Harbor Homeless Shelter in Joplin, Mo., 417-623-7927, where he devoted many charitable hours.
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