The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


March 7, 2013

Teresa Black

— The funeral for Teresa Kaye Gargis Black, 61,of Ford City will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shady Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stan Smith officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Mrs. Black died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at home.

Teresa Black was born March 5, 1951, in Colbert County. She was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church.

God welcomed another very special woman to walk the golden streets of heaven. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend joined the angels in the heavenly home. A great reward achieved in so little time. Pain is made bearable with happy memories that will last forever. Teresa (also known as “Tiny” by those that loved her) left an everlasting love in our hearts. We find comfort that your spirit is with us in the sound of your voice and the flash of your smile, forever etched in our heart and soul. Knowing the next hand we touch when our trumpet sounds is yours, makes our heavenly reward richer. Embracing a future without you physically here is heartbreaking, but we will honor you in living life as you did: In celebration, an altruistic regard for others, and infinite optimism. Thank you for improving the lives around you.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Gargis.

Left to cherish her precious memories is her husband of 42 years, Kerry T. Black of Ford City; son, Mitch Black of Ford City; daughter, Mitzi Ladner of Sheffield; mother, Hazel Gargis of Ford City; brother, Troy Gargis of Ford City; granddaughter,  Koral Black of Ford City; grandsons, Beau Black and Brock Black of Ford City, Miles Ladner and Ridge Ladner, both of Sheffield; special friends, Ronnie Gargis and Trudy Craft-Austin, who gave their time and love unconditionally.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Sandra Holland, Stephanie Davis, Amy Johnson, Leighton Pharmacy and Schofield Medical Supply for their special care.

Special thank you for all the prayers, flowers, support, calls, food, cards, and most of all the love shown during her 15 months of illness. Teresa was so blessed to have you all as a part of her extended family. Teresa and her family were encouraged by the love shown for her.

Pallbearers are Ronnie Gargis, Henry Gotcher, Robert Austin, Mark Ladner, Andy King and Troy Trousdale.

Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren who she lived her life for and was so very proud of.

Senior honorary pallbearer is William Gotcher.

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