Ottis "Frankie" Black | Beaufort County Now | Ottis Franklin Black, 77, the last remaining Black Brother of 604 Black Road, Washington, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. | ottis black, washington, place of residence, july 30, 2020

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Ottis "Frankie" Black

May 01, 1943 - July 28, 2020

    Ottis Franklin Black, 77, the last remaining Black Brother of 604 Black Road, Washington, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Frankie lived a life devoted to his family, to his many friends and to the land he so loved.

    Frankie was born on May 1, 1943, in Beaufort County, to Mattie Winfield Woolard Black and Floyd Milburn Black, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by brothers Gerald, Cedric, Wayland, and Phil; sister-in-law, Peggy Woolard Black and brother-in-law, Ronnie Staton.

    Frankie was a member of Beaver Dam Church of Christ, Bunyan Ruritan Club and was a graduate of Bath High School Class of 1961. As part of Black Brothers Farms, Frankie farmed his family land his entire life. He was widely respected for his vast knowledge of farming.

    On November 22, 1986, Frankie married Peggy Pendleton.

    Survivors include his wife, Peggy Pendleton Black; his son Taylor Black and wife, Heather of Washington; daughters Anna Gay and husband, Chris of Rocky Mount and Katy Swain and husband, Aaron of Greenville; grandchildren Parker Gay, Colson Gay, Lorelai Swain, Addison Swain and Stella Katherine Swain; sister-in-laws JoAnn Black, Barbara Black, Peggy E. Black, and Polly Staton; brother-in-laws Larry Pendleton and wife Tommie Lou and George Pendleton and wife Cynthia; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends. The family would like to thank his special caregivers David and Michelle Carpenter for their support and love for the past seven years.

    Frankie suffered a physically debilitating stroke seven years ago this month. Family and friends never failed him during those many years. His wife and children are grateful to each of them. Frankie's life was one well lived. So many feel a deep connection to him. Those ties transcend physical death. "Blest be the ties that bind."

    Services for Frankie will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020. A viewing will be held at Washington Funeral and Cremation Hillside Chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Due to current capacity regulations, a private service for immediate family will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Washington Funeral and Cremation Hillside Chapel. Family and friends are invited to join a short committal service at Pamlico Memorial Gardens at 3:00 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Beaver Dam Church of Christ, Bunyan Ruritan Club, Bunyan Fire Department, or Broad Creek EMS.


Services

Graveside Service

Friday, July 31
3:00 PM
Pamlico Memorial Gardens



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