September 25, 1959 - April 28, 2014
Gregg Jeffery Black, 54, a long time resident of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Roanoke (Fort Worth), Texas went to his Heavenly Peace Monday, April 28 after a lengthy illness and recent emergency surgery. He was surrounded by his loving family and the many caring members of his medical care team at Baylor Hospital in Grapevine, Texas.
Gregg was born on September 25, 1959 in Dallas, Texas to Mary Greenwood Black and Jack Black. He spent a few years in the Midwest, but most of his life was lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
A graduate of R. L. Turner High School, he played little league baseball. He participated in wrestling with the YMCA Program and played Pop Warner Football on the Greenhill School Team. He was a Boy Scout. He loved scouting and was a member of the Order of The Arrow. He especially enjoyed a memorable trip to the Boundary Waters Quetico Canoe area, which he was able to share with his father Jack who was a Scout Master. He enjoyed drama club in High School, and he was known for his quick wit, outgoing nature, and compassionate and loyal friendship.
He was a man who loved to live life joyously…he loved to laugh…and he loved to help others to do the same. He had a long bucket list, much of which his health prevented him from fully experiencing. Some of the things he did love to re-live were adventures in Colorado…ski-mobiling, “tubing” skiing at Winter Park. He loved to fish in Minnesota….or in the creek in Farmers Branch….and even once in the Gulf of Mexico. He often recalled his glider ride, and family vacation experiences. He loved camping, and travel….seeing new places, meeting new people.
Gregg enjoyed reading; he was an avid Sci-Fi fan, a writer of poetry, a student of trivia…..full of information about many things which he loved to share. He loved to fish and hunt, especially with his Dad. was a Past Master Councilor of The Order of DeMolay and had recently become an Entered Apprentice in James A. Smith Masonic Lodge.
He loved his family, and delighted in making or picking out little gifts for them throughout the year. He carried pictures of his Nephews and Niece and was constantly sharing their accomplishments in football or gymnastics or horsemanship as they grew up. He talked proudly of his sister’s professional accomplishments often, and loved special family get-togethers.
He had a talent for making jewelry, and he enjoyed making and using walking sticks…he and his father worked on this project together.
Gregg was a loving and caring man who helped many people get their lives back on the right path. He was generous to a fault, a wonderful son, a loyal brother and uncle and a brother in sobriety to countless others. He left very little of earthly value. But he was a person who’s presence made a large difference in many lives.
He is survived by his parents, Jack and Mary Greenwood Black of Roanoke, Texas, his sister Vanessa Gayle White of Argyle, Texas and her husband Steve, His Nephew Corey Pat White and wife Nichole of Lewisville, TX, his Nephew Kyle Lee White and wife Stefanie of Argyle, TX, and his Niece Jaclyn Marie White of Argyle, TX, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his Grandparents Harry and Louise Greenwood of Dallas, TX and his Grandparents Fred J. and Eleanor Black of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Gregg’s memorial service will be Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2 pm in the sanctuary of Whites Chapel United Methodist Church 185 S White Chapel Blvd, Southlake, TX 76092
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, Texas 75219, or the Salvation Army 1855 E Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76103.
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