STEPHENVILLE — George W. Black, Jr., 92, a civil engineer with the Texas Highway Department retiring after forty years of service, died Thursday, October 08, 2009, at a local nursing home.

Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, October 10, 2009, at First Baptist Church with Reverend Emil V. Becker officiating. Burial will be at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7- 8 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2009, at Lacy Funeral Home. 

George was born on March 6, 1917, to the late George Washington Black, Sr. and Mary Ella (Dodd) Black in Giddings.   He married Opal House on October 20, 1946, in Jasper.  He was a WWII Navy Veteran, having served in the South Pacific for four years.  He graduated from the University of Texas in 1951.  George also was a Texas Registered Public Surveyor.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, serving as Deacon since 1960.  He also served as the Chairman of the Deacons.  He was Past Master of the Stephenville Masonic Lodge #267, a District Deputy Grand Master for the 67th Masonic District and a member of the Scottish Rite.  George was a lifetime member of the Stephenville Rotary Club, a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Black of Stephenville; one daughter, Beth Ann Smith and husband, Richard of Brackettville; one son, Patrick Black of Tyler; one sister, Mildred McAda of Granbury; and five grandchildren, Dale Smith, Brent Smith, Ashley Smith, Patrick Black and Travis Black.

Memorials may be made to Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment, 8025 N FM 2125, Brownwood, TX  76801 or Baptist Children’s Home, 1301 N Mays ST, Round Rock, TX  78664.

Published Oct. 9, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune