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Thomas Black Jr.

July 12, 1942July 17, 2019

The Life and Accomplishments of Tommy Black Thomas Bickett Black Jr., AKA - Tommy Black, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 17th with his wife Christina Black, by his side at his home in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Tommy was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on July 12th, 1942. He is survived by his wife, Christina Cooper; his son and daughter-in law, Shawn and Casey Black; and his grandchildren Sean, Joey, and Leah Black. Tommy touched many lives in many different facets throughout his life, from working as a middle school educator and coach for over 30 years, to what he is most known for, his beautiful voice, creative song writing abilities, and entertainment charisma that stood out wherever he performed. Additionally, many of Tommy’s students from his school teaching years still remain in touch with dad and talk often of how he, in some way or another, positively influenced their lives.

Tommy Black’s musical talent is grounded in gospel music and ranges from singing in rhythm and blues bands, country bands, southern rock bands, and the beach music industry. He has played with and opened for some amazing big names: Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Percy Sledge, B.J. Thomas and Waylon Jennings, just to name a few. As a career musician, Tommy served as the lead singer in many successful bands: The Chordsmen, The Men of Distinction, Southern Star, The Cumberland Gap Band, The Fabulous Boardwalk Band, Tommy Black and the Carolina Beach Music Band, and last but not least, Tommy Black and Blooz, and the Tommy Black Band featuring his wife Christina Cooper. Over the years, Tommy has received a plethora of awards and accolades in the music industry. Some of his most notable accomplishments are: 2008 Beach Music Awards, Smoothie of the Year, Shadow Shaggin; inducted into the Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame for his amazing song, “My Home Town Fayetteville”; awarded a key to Surf City for his song, “Topsail Island by the Sea” and it still plays today as the official song of Surf City.

The family would like to add that Tommy was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend. The time he spent with us was filled with continuous laughter no matter how tough things were.

Tommy, we love you to the moon and back and will continue to celebrate your life for as long as we live. You are a true legend and will be missed forever.

A memorial service will be held at 4 pm on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at OD Church of the Lost & Found, 316 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. Please join the family following the service at Ducks Beach Club to continue celebrating Tommy's life.

A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

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Alyssa Britt

October 29, 2020

I really didn't know Uncle Tommy that well but he is a very sweet and caring person and loved everybody. I, My Mom Tammy Black, My brother Reagan Black, and the rest of the Black Family all miss him and we hope to see him when we all pass away. We will all miss you! RIP Uncle Tommy Black

Steve Sanders

July 23, 2019

Several years ago I fell in love with the song “Shadow Shagin”. In my minds eye, I could visually picture shadow shaggers and every word of the lyrics. I told my wife how much I loved the song and wanted to do a video. At the time, it was project I didn’t have the time to shoot.
A year later, I was shooting a promo video for a band at Ducks on Main. A gentleman approached me and asked me if I’d be interested in shooting a music video for him. I said sure, I might be interested. He said “ My name is Tommy Black and I wrote a song about a man seeing shadow figures dancing on the wall, it’s called “Shadow Shaggin”.
My jaw hit the floor.... I turned to my wife and we both had the biggest grin imaginable as he was one of our favorite beach music artist. I told him that I have already talked with my wife about doing it. I had never seen or met Tommy before. We spoke about 15 minutes about the video.
It made my day to meet the person who wrote the song and get some background on the song. I’ve put the video on the back burner far too long. It would be my greatest pleasure to complete the video in his memory.

David Dixon

July 21, 2019

Went to Pembroke when Tommy did, didn’t know him well but loved to hear him sing!!!

Mary Speed (Tilghman) West

July 21, 2019

I remember the days long ago at Hope Mills Jr. High School. You were such a cool teacher! So many of us really enjoyed your class!
Later years at NMB I was blessed with yours and Cristina's friendship. I loved watching the two of you get married and grow as a couple and as musicians together. I hope you knew how many people loved you! The outpouring of love since you passed is enormous!
Rest easy my former teacher and my friend always.❤

Jody Lancaster

July 21, 2019

I always enjoyed his and Cristina’s music but even more was the quality time of conversation and friendship. I’m so sorry for your loss and he will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with family at this time.

Lauren (Nicki) Hatem

July 21, 2019

Shawn, I am so very sad to hear of Tommy’s passing. My whole family has such happy memories of your Dad playing great music, entertaining us for hours at the Crab Pot in Surf City, NC. He was a talented, funny and kind man. He will be missed by all who knew him. We will keep you and your family in our prayers during this difficult time.

Jackie Parrish

July 21, 2019

I met Mr. Black as one of my Coaches at Douglas Byrd Jr. High. He was always funny and telling jokes, but cared for us like we were his own.
As an adult I got to know him as a singer. He was so gifted and blessed.
My deepest condolences to all of the family and people who were close with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Angela Tatum Malloy Ibclc

July 21, 2019

I wanted to extend my deepest condolences to the family. I met Mr. Black at Douglas Byrd Junior High back in 1982. He was such a wonderful person and his voice was beautiful. All the students loved Mr. Black. He truly touched many lives. May God bless his wife, son, and other family members during this time.

Vince McKnight

July 21, 2019

I am a former student, Tommy brought so much energy with him to school. We loved him and respected him. I remember his amazing talent as a singer and he had a good Elvis impersonation. He is unforgettable because he was larger than life and he made everyone around him laugh.

Charles Green

July 20, 2019

Coach Black was one of a kind Played soccer for him at Douglas Byrd junior for 3 years always kept me focused on school and being very compétitive on the soccer field he never showed any favortism towards his son shawn playing for Hopemills when we competed on the field just a great person to have on your side Rip Coach

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