Clyde Lloyd Black
October 18, 1935 – August 18, 2020
On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, Clyde Lloyd Black, father of five children and grandfather of four, passed away at the age of 84 by natural causes.
Clyde was born on October 18, 1935 in Kinross, MI to Lloyd and Vivian (Warren) Black. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from October 1954 through May 1963. After the Air Force he worked for the United States Postal Service until he retired at the age of 55. For 20 years, he was married to his first wife, Betty Black. They raised four daughters; Deborah Graver, Barbara Black, Kathleen Black, and Bonnie Jackson; and one son, Michael Black (predeceased). For 14 years, he was married to Katy Stiltner.
Clyde enjoyed the outdoors. He loved going on walks and going on camping trips with his family. He was excited to set up a campsite, cook food outdoors, go on boat rides, and feed the ducks. He also enjoyed going on car rides with his family. He loved listening to country music. He had a great sense of humor and was never afraid to crack a joke. It was important to him to stay close with his sisters. He deeply cared for his family and friends.
Clyde was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Black, his mother Vivian (Warren) Black, his son, Michael Black, and his sisters, Donna Black, Elda Sawyers, and Pearl Eagle. He is survived by his ex-wives, Betty Black and Katy Stiltner, his daughters, Deborah Graver, Barbara Black, Kathleen Black, and Bonnie Jackson, his son in law, Richard Graver Sr., his grandchildren, Richard Graver Jr., Steven Graver, Serena Jackson, and Jason Hall, his sisters, Sandy Smalley, Augusta Desigio, and Clara Yoder, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Services will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
Graveside Service & Interment at a later date
Clyde Lloyd Black
September 14, 2020
When my son Jay was born, I was over the moon because of having Chronic Lyme Disease, I was told that I’d never have another baby. I was so devastated. At that time, I had a 16 year old daughter who contracted Lyme at the same time that I had in 1990. Clyde showed me so much love & shared in my joy over “Jay”. As a toddler, Clyde would regularly give him a $1 bill and say it was from “George” (George Washington) (so clever & sweet)...Jay would get so excited each time. Clyde would tell him, you just missed him. This went on all through his toddler years (if not longer)Jay loved Clyde’s big hugs & gentleness, oh & big belly laughs! Jay is 24 today and still remembers the “George Days” ❤️. Your heart was so big Clyde, thank you for so many wonderful, loving memories.
September 14, 2020
Clyde’s passing wasn’t just the sadness of losing my step-father, Clyde has been my dear friend for 42 years. We met when I began working in the brand new mail forwarding computer unit when I was just 18 years old. We quickly became great friends but even better, “partners in our own brand of comedy & pranks” on our Supervisor & fellow colleagues. We cracked each other up “doing impersonations” of our Supervisor (micro-mgmt. on steroids!). Some others we knew that worked at Merrifield Regional Processing Unit (ex: My Dad, the Director of Customer Service) & other directors we knew of up on the third floor... Clyde had me in stitches all the time. He absolutely made our work bearable, even enjoyable!!! Thank you Clyde for the joy you brought to my life as we worked so hard each day, 8 hours, 10 hours or 12 hours. We always could find laughter in our sarcastic way (at times) to get us through each monotonous shift! Love you Clyde ❤️
August 29, 2020
Dad, it's still so hard to believe that your gone. I know that you're in a better place now & no longer feeling pain. I'm so happy that we reunited & had such a wonderful time. I will always remember the way you grabbed my hand & held it tight, as if you never wanted to let go. It was such a special moment for me, that tears of joy ran down my face. I know how bad you & my daughter Serena wanted to meet each other. I just want you to know just how much she thought of you & loved you. We kept trying to set a date but it kept falling through. Then with Covid, it ruined any chance of us getting together this year. Please always watch over me & Serena. I'm happy & proud to call you my dad. I will always love you. (Well,well,well) Rest in peace dad. Until we meet again.
Love - Your daughter Bonnie
August 26, 2020
Dad, it's still so hard to accept that you're gone. I love you so much. I've been thinking about riding on your back when you got home from work, surprising us with candy, our favorite pizza from Pizzarama, camping, road trips, train and carasaul rides, boating, Michigan trips to gamma and grandpa's house on the farm, collecting lightening bugs, you giving us money when we were kids and taking us to the five and dime store so we could buy some stuff ...I felt so grow up and special, watching the Redskins football games. With all those and many more memories, nothing could mean more to me than when me and my son Jason got to come and reunite with you back in September. 2018 when I was going through the roughest time in my life. You got to meet my son for the first time. The genuine love you showered my son and I with is forever sealed in my heart. That was the moment I wanted all my life and you gave it to me dad. Thank you so much. I'm forever grateful. I loved calling you because you didn't judge me, you just loved me. I'm so happy to call you my dad. Thank you for giving me the gift of life and for giving me the honor to call you my dad. My heart and soul is at peace now because I know how much you always loved me and I can't express again how much that means to me. I'll treasure how tight you held me and much you told me you loved me through eternity. I know it meant as much to you as it did to me. I miss you so much. I love you so very much. Please tell my brother in heaven I love him. Please watch over me and my son from heaven. I LOVE YOU DAD. Rest in peace dad. Please know you're always in my heart. Until we meet again. God bless you. With love, always and forever, your daughter Kat.
August 24, 2020
To many memories to write down as we were growing up except we had a Big Brother to bother probably too much. One boy with all of us girls I am sure was bothersome at times but he loved all of us. The day he joined the USAF was a day to be proud of. We missed him but knew he had a great life planned for himself. I will miss his phone calls especially the last one a few days ago. We enjoyed discussing politics and our favorite News Channel. BRO you will be missed but know that you are at Peace and with our other family members.
Miss you Big Brother!!!! Love You Lots, Sister Sandy
August 24, 2020
I remember Uncle Clyde from when I was very young while living next to my grandparent’s farm in Kinross before the AF took us to NY and then Colorado. I recall my Grandparents, and Aunts & Uncles being an outgoing, laughing joking bunch, with a pile of cousins, and Uncle Clyde right in the mix. So many gregarious sisters in such a small farmhouse! The tractor sled rides, production lines of processing fish and rabbits caught, picking vegetables from the fields, and sitting at the game table with a bunch of cousins while Uncle Clyde taught us how to play poker are warmly recollected. I’m glad we had a chance to chat of the phone in recent years when at my Mom’s (Sandy) house. I enjoyed hearing him tell funny stories, and that he knew me by the nickname Grandpa Black had for me – Swiskey. He and my daughter Lindsay once had a long talk this way, and she often brought up how she liked talking to him. I like knowing they can now resume enjoying their chat, and that he can again be with all our preceding loved ones. They must be having some terrific cards games going! Rest in peace, Uncle Clyde...
August 24, 2020
Today is my birthday, and I really miss receiving my Brother's call with good wishes. He may have even reminded me of how old I am in case I didn't add the years correctly! I love my Brother Clyde, and I'll miss him dearly. May he rest in peace surrounded by God's love. XOXO from sister Gussie.
August 22, 2020
Our 20 year marriage resulted in our 4 beautiful and loving girls. Sadly our son did not live but two months. The memeoirs with our loving daughters will forever be remembered. The fun weekends we went camping. Setting up the camp site. Your cooking all the meals over the fire and everything was delicious. You always loved doing all of that and we had so much fun. Going to the mountains of West Virginia in the camping trailer was another very fun and exciting adventure we had. I remember the drive on movies, the car rides on weekends to get ice. cream cones for the girls. The trips to Michigan to visit your family. What fun times to remember forever,
With love rest in peace Clyde.
August 22, 2020
For My Second Husband (Ex) Clyde,
I met Clyde in May 1984. My daughter, Lisa worked at the Postal Service with him and decided I needed some company. Her Dad and I had just separated and was going through a painful divorce. I could not have made it without him. We married in June 1987. I loved his sense of humor and his big heart. He was so kind to me. He took me to the park and we listened to the frogs. You loved the outdoors and we hiked all over Eleanor Lawrence Park. You took care of me when I got breast cancer. When I got home from work, you had my dinner ready. You were a good cook. You would go to the movies with me each Saturday, even though you did not like going that much. You could build anything. You built a shed for my backyard and it still stands. You loved my dog, a beagle named CeLee Belle even though you were not that big on pets. You loved country music and you loved going to visit my mother down in the hills of Virginia. I also loved going up to Michigan to see where you grew up after we married. You delighted in showing me your home place. Even though we divorced in November 2001, we remained close friends. We saw each other often and talked on the phone each day. As you got older, I tried to help you out and cared for you until you needed more help than I could provide. I grieve for you because you were a big piece of my life and heart. I was so happy when you came to believe in God more and asked me to teach you the Lord's prayer. I have no doubt you are in the Lord's loving care now. RIP Clyde and I hope to see you again. Your Ex Second Loving Wife, Katy
August 22, 2020
Dad, I am so glad that you and I became closer especially these past two years since you moved to Maryland. I enjoyed our times together, especially talking of times gone by like your Air Force adventures, your dreams, and family. You loved your country music like Johnny Cash. You have always had a great sense of humor which I enjoyed. I remember you being a hard worker when my sisters and I were young and when you had some time off I remember how you were so excited about setting up a campsite for my mom, sisters and I. Eating the yummy food you cooked, boat rides, feeding the ducks, and the Merry go Round. I always enjoyed our car rides which would include Red Barn Chicken or Burger King and always ice cream! Our trips to Michigan to Grandma and Grandpa's and seeing your side of the family. Some fond memories from our visits to me were tractor rides, clay animals, rhubarb pie, the lake and Sea Shell City. The songs you made up for my sisters and I were so silly and cute of you. You were so happy to bring home candy or coins in your pockets for us to find. You were great at making homemade fudge and the smelts you fried up were good, too! Dad, I love and miss you more than words can say! I want to thank you giving me life and being my Dad!
August 21, 2020
My dad gave me the love of the outdoors. Went camping all the time. Visited grandparents farm in Michigan which allowed us to pick corn and vegetables we don't ordinarily do as we live in an apartment. The songs he made up for all 4 of us sisters. Smelts he cooked that smelled but were delicious. His pickled pigs feet. Candy and coins in pockets. Making Christmas magical. Took us on rides all the time. Red Barn chicken followed by Kline's Freeze for ice cream. I love and my dad terribly and I always will. But I'll always truly be grateful that he was my dad.