Benjamin Clayton Black III
January 31, 1933 – February 19, 2019
Benjamin Clayton Black III passed away peacefully on February 19, 2019 at age 86, in Wylie, TX. A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Clayton Black was born in St. Louis on January 31, 1933, the only child of Ben C. Black II and Alice Kernan Day. Clayton grew up in Houston, TX and attended St. Thomas High School and Mirabeau B. Lamar High School. He attended The University of Texas at Austin, was a member of Theta Xi fraternity and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business. While attending UT, he met Barbara (Babs) Ann Barth and they were married on February 12, 1955. Six children born of this union survive him: Catherine Pfaff (Ken), Julie Black, Paula Rosselet (Rich), Christie Black, Clayton Black, all residing locally, and Timothy Black, residing in Kansas City, MO. Babs Black died in 2009.
Clayton worked as a Contracts Manager for Alexander Smith Carpets over many years and was twice named Salesman of the Year. He was an accomplished finish carpenter and loved woodworking, cabinet making, camping, sailing, photography, and the mountains. He spent 20+ years living in Dolores and Cortez, Colorado, and made many lasting friendships there with his wife Sue, who died in 1999. While living in Cortez, he started Turnkey Construction and Carpentry, and employed several craftsmen. He had an organic garden called Blackacre, and he sold produce at the local market. He also cut & sold firewood. In retirement, Clayton traced his Black family back to the American Revolution and he was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Missouri Order of the Stars and Bars. History was a lifelong interest and he loved reading. Clayton recently celebrated 48 years of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous and touched countless lives, sharing his experience, strength and hope with many.
Besides his 6 children, Mr. Black is survived by his cousins Angela Tolkacz Roepke and Alice Tolkacz Hellrung, grandchildren Michael Keller, Annie Rose Such, and Sarah, Ben and Josh Rosselet, as well as great-grandchildren Noelle Keller and Gracie Fiske.
Some of Ben’s famous phrases were “A sense of humor is a vital survival skill” and “Don’t have any expectations…be surprised.”
The family has requested no flowers. In lieu of floral contributions, the family has asked that you make a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Benjamin Black III.
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
All Saints Catholic Church
5231 Meadowcreek Dr
Benjamin Clayton Black III
March 8, 2019
Mister Black has influenced and inspired me both directly and indirectly, as well as the many lives he's touched. I'm remimded of a beautiful lyric which goes "My fingerprints have left the traces on all the things, the people and the places I ever felt and felt a part of. I touched the life and kissed the heart of". I didn't get to know you well, and yet I know you well. I miss you Mister Black.
March 2, 2019
I had a most pleasant thought I wanted to share with you and I caught myself calling you the other evening...just as I have daily for the last few years. I pulled over to the side of the road in the snow and paused. Not being able to hear your confident, wise, and reassuring voice is becoming a large void in my life. You have been so key to success for me and my challenges and victory’s. I miss you every day and love you even more so Pop. This photo was a great moment for me and even greater that you were by my side shoulder to shoulder. I’m so thankful that my memories are very vivid. I long to hear the wisom from The Sage of Cortez...I know you are at peace and have journeyed to your Great Reward. God Speed Pop...
March 1, 2019
God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask him in your morning meditation what you can do for the man who is still sick. The answers will come if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the great fact for us.
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.
May God bless you and keep you -- until then.
Thank you Dad for sharing the fellowship and the road...and everything else.
I'll miss you, but save a cup of coffee and a seat...I'll try not to get lost.
(Chritopher R Mugwamp)