Mrs. Willie "Beth" Black

November 10, 1918July 28, 2022
Obituary of Mrs.  Willie "Beth" Black
Beth Black, beloved mother, grandmother and aunt, died at home Thursday, July 28, 2022. She was born on November 10, 1918 to Arthur Phillips and Maude McEachern Phillips. Beth graduated from Martins Mill High School and North Texas State College earning a degree in elementary education. Beth taught school in Martin’s Mill, Dallas, Wilmer Hutchins, and Garland ISDs. She married J.W. Black on July 31, 1939 and they raised two children, Suzanne and Phil. They moved to Dallas in 1952 where they both had their teaching careers. In her spare time Beth enjoyed reading novels, working the newspaper crossword puzzles and creating beautiful flower gardens. She will always be remembered for her fashionable attire, and the family always loved her pumpkin cake and her amazing coleslaw. The dishes always had beautiful presentations. Beth was awarded a lifetime membership in the PTA and she was selected as Teacher of the Year. Beth grew up in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church in Martins Mill, Tx., and moved her membership to the White Rock United Methodist Church after moving to Dallas. She was preceded in death by her parents Maude and Arthur Phillips, her husband J.W. Black, her son-in-law Harry DeFord, sister Connie Bass, her brothers-in-law, Don Bass, Adolph Black and Norman Black, her sisters-in-law, Doris Black and Ruth Black, her mother and father-in-law, Walter and Callie Black, her nieces, Betty Bass Moore, Phyllis Haas and Patricia Gatlin. She is survived by son Phil Black and wife Sherry, daughter Suzanne DeFord, grandson Jason Pilgrim who was born on her 50th birthday, daughter-in-law Vallerie Black, nieces Becky Escobar, Cathy Latta and husband Jim, Debby Bass and wife Patty Renfro, and Kay Dunnam, nephews Norman Black and John Moore. Also, the survivors include Meredith, Joseph, Lainey, Anna, Katie, Abraham, Jesse, Ben, Linda, Larry, David, Clint, Karoline, Ed and Ann and many great, great nieces and nephews. One of the highlights of her life was on her 100th birthday. Following a birthday celebration, the Dallas Mavericks organization honored her at their game that evening by featuring her on the Jumbotron as she waved to all the fans. After the game she and her family were given a special introduction to, and a visit with Dirk Nowitzki, her favorite Maverick basketball player. The family would like to express appreciation to Expedient Home Health, New Century Hospice and the caregivers who took great care of her throughout the last 12 months (Diane, Felista, Sharon and Melissa). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Holly Springs UMC or Holly Springs Cemetery or a charity of your choice. Pall Bearers: John Moore, Jim Latta, Joseph Escobar, Abraham Escobar, Jesse Escobar, and Ben Latta A visitation for Beth will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Grove Hill Funeral Home, 3920 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 3920 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228. A committal service will occur Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM at Holly Springs Cemetery, 4403 VZ CR 1507, Van, TX 75140. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Black family.

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