OBITUARY

Debra Irene Black

December 29, 1958February 18, 2021
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Debra Irene (Cochran) Black, age 62 of Marlboro, was escorted by angels to be with Her Saviour on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in her home surrounded by family. She was born in Webster Springs, West Virginia to Charles Jackson and Floriene Louise (Hall) Cochran.

She married her beloved, Roderick E. Black Jr. on June 19, 1982. Debbie is also survived by her brother, Charles J. (Marylin) Cochran, her children Rebecca (Christopher) Dennison, Roderick E. III (Shelly), Jonathan (Kelsey), and Amanda (Joel) Navis. Her grandchildren Carissa, Aidan, Evan, Meagan, Joshua, Jacob, Roderick 4th, Charles, Isabella, and Sophia will forever keep their Mom-Mom alive in their hearts. She is preceded in death by her parents and her seven unborn grandchildren.

Debra’s life surrounded around family and her faith in Jesus Christ. Saved at a young age, her life was immersed in ministry. From being church pianist and Christian schoolteacher to serving by her husband’s side as a pastor’s wife and for the last 19 years travelling all around the country in evangelism. Through this she has touched the lives of countless people.

She played the piano and wrote many songs in praising her Lord. One of these songs is a comfort to our hearts with the promise of Heaven. “There’s a land where we’ll never say goodbye again. There’s a Land where we’ll never grieve or cry again. Loved ones dear we will hold near, and the day is always clear! Forever dwelling in the presence, of our King!” How reassuring it is to know that one day we will be able to see her again!

Friends and family will be received Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM and 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Bethel Baptist Church 745 N. Freedom St, Ravenna, Ohio. Visitation will also be held on Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM with funeral services officiated by Pastor David Ballert at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Randolph. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Stephanie Hughes

February 28, 2021

I have known Debbie for many years. She has always been a true friend and gave so much to everyone she met. Her commitment to her Lord and Savior Jesus has always been His testimony of love in an unlovable world. She is with Him now and can sing her songs, play for Him, and enjoy Him to the fullest. Our hearts are heavy at her loss, but at the same time full of love and admiration for a life dedicated to God. Love you, miss you.

Lynda Whittaker

February 25, 2021

This beautiful lady has been a blessing to me.. I took a class she taught called, "Such a time as this." I will forever cherish what you taught me.. Rest in peace.. I know you are playing the piano up there..I will miss you and your beautiful smile. I know God said, "well done thy good and faithful servant." ((Hugs)) being sent up to heaven.. ♥️♥️

Candace Purse Ruelas

February 22, 2021

Debra was always the light in the room.

I first met Debra while attending a family reunion in the 90's.
It had been many years since seeing my Ohio family, 15 years or more. My mother was the only one to leave Ohio when my Dad's job moved to California before I was born. I did not grow up with cousins, Aunts and Uncles around. My family was only my brother, sister, Mother and Father. I used to hear about my family in Ohio through the letters my Mom received from her siblings and their wives. As a child we visited during the summer a few times, but the last time was when I was about 12 and I lost touch with everyone since.
When I went to my Uncle Rod and Aunt Betty's house and all these people started showing up and talking and laughing, I felt a little overwhelmed. Then Debra came up to me and introduced herself with her big smile. She started telling me about how much she heard about me and how much she loved my parents and I felt welcomed and at home.
As other family members arrived she took me around so that I could meet everyone again. That was the first of many reunions I have attended since, but I'll never forget her kindness during that first one.

Pamela Groves

February 22, 2021

I will always remember her beautiful voice, the wonderful songs she wrote, and her kindness to all who knew, and heard her music, and testimony. The Lord bless you're family, you're always in my prayers.

Mark/Rhonda Karl

February 21, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Hold on to all of the good memories that you have. She is in heaven now and in no more pain. You will see here again in paradise with our Lord and Savior. You have our sincere sympathy, Mark and Rhonda Karl.

Kelly Johnson

February 21, 2021

Debbie and I met at the first mission's conference my husband and I went to after arriving back in the States from the mission field. I was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer and Debbie with her sweet kind way made herself my friend. Our relationship has always felt like Jonathan and David to me. I know she is healed and safe, but my heart misses her deeply. I truly believed I would see Jesus first! Now, there is no one who will lovingly proof my writing and be honest enough to tell me, "You really shouldn't say it that way, Sweetie." I thank her family for sharing her generous spirit with all of us through the years.

Mary McElrath

February 21, 2021

Mrs. Black was always such a blessing to be around. I looked forward to her and her husband visiting my church for revival services. Even when she was in constant pain she was filled with the joy of the Lord. She would share in the joys of others and would bear burdens and pray for those who were hurting. Her music was a deep reflection of her relationship with the Lord Jesus and was so full of truth. It was comforting, compelling and convicting. The Lord gave her a gift and she used it quite faithfully. She is loved and will be so greatly missed but she has relief after many years of pain and physical struggles.

Allen Minton

February 21, 2021

Donna and I have known and loved Debbie most of her life.
What a reunion Donna Debbie must be having in heaven.
I am having a heart Cath the 26th
Quarrentined the 25-26
Praying for the family
May God Bring great comfort for you all

SUSAN White

February 21, 2021

Debbie and I rode the same school bus for over an hour there and back. She always had her Bible with her. She was always kind and set an example that I have continually fallen short of. Within the past few years I have dealt with Debbie on a professional basis and her character and integrity were provin to me time and time again on how she cared for family over herself. She lived her faith and I am so grateful I had the privilege of knowing her.

David Foote

February 20, 2021

When Rod Black came for a week of Revival meetings at our church, we were blessed every night by a song that she had written. Then a few years later, I was privileged to meet her in person while helping her husband with a painting job. She had a great sense of humor. She was a good host as I stayed overnight in their home. I remember a great meal and good fellowship. Our church and myself have prayed for her healing and this is the way that God chose to heal her. Some glad reunion day we will see her again.

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Biography

Debra Irene (Cochran) Black, age 62 of Marlboro, was escorted by angels to be with Her Saviour on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in her home surrounded by family. She was born in Webster Springs, West Virginia to Charles Jackson and Floriene Louise (Hall) Cochran.

She married her beloved, Roderick E. Black Jr. on June 19, 1982. Debbie is also survived by her brother, Charles J. (Marylin) Cochran, her children Rebecca (Christopher) Dennison, Roderick E. III (Shelly), Jonathan (Kelsey), and Amanda (Joel) Navis. Her grandchildren Carissa, Aidan, Evan, Meagan, Joshua, Jacob, Roderick 4th, Charles, Isabella, and Sophia will forever keep their Mom-Mom alive in their hearts. She is preceded in death by her parents and her seven unborn grandchildren.

Debra’s life surrounded around family and her faith in Jesus Christ. Saved at a young age, her life was immersed in ministry. From being church pianist and Christian schoolteacher to serving by her husband’s side as a pastor’s wife and for the last 19 years travelling all around the country in evangelism. Through this she has touched the lives of countless people.

She played the piano and wrote many songs in praising her Lord. One of these songs is a comfort to our hearts with the promise of Heaven. “There’s a land where we’ll never say goodbye again. There’s a Land where we’ll never grieve or cry again. Loved ones dear we will hold near, and the day is always clear! Forever dwelling in the presence, of our King!” How reassuring it is to know that one day we will be able to see her again!

Friends and family will be received Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM and 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Bethel Baptist Church 745 N. Freedom St, Ravenna, Ohio. Visitation will also be held on Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM with funeral services officiated by Pastor David Ballert at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Randolph. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.