James Black

March 6, 1950January 20, 2020

James Black, 69, of Tampa, passed away at his home on January 20, 2020. James, or Jim as he was known to most, was born on March 6, 1950 in Tampa, FL. He attended school in Hillsborough County and was a graduate of HB Plant High School and the University of South Florida. Jim married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Nancy, on October 6th, 1973. Jim was an accomplished musician, multi-talented but especially on the guitar. He played in many bands as a teenager and into his 20s, culminating with a career as a sound engineer at Tampa's Studio 70 in the mid 70s. His next adventure would see him into parenthood with the birth of his son, Ian, in 1985. He and Nancy also brought their niece Jessica under their roof, and she became a daughter to Jim. He moved on to employment with the State of Florida Department of Health and retired after many years in 2016. Jim was a musician, poet, scholar, avid fan of cooking and cuisine, hot sauce, comic books, and sports. He enjoyed his life and family to the fullest. He is preceded in death by his mother Eleanor (2001) and father James (1955). He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Nancy, son Ian Black and wife Caitlin of Land O Lakes, his niece/daughter Jessica Kimmel and husband Drew of Columbus, OH, his grandchildren Emma, 6, and Harrison, 5 months, and his three nieces/nephews/grandchildren Ryland ,15, Zoey, 13, and Jude Kimmel, 11. Jim was a dedicated husband, father, talented musician, and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


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Bob Baumgarner

January 24, 2020

Jim and I were friends in the early 1960's. We went to a couple of concerts together at the Falk Theater. across the street from University of Tampa. On one of those occasions, Jim and I waited until the show had ended, then we were allowed to talk to the members of the band. One of those musicians was Jimmy Page, who only a few months later would become the guitarist for the Led Zeppelin band, and he (Page) showed Jim Black some notebooks which contained sheet-music with melodies Page had written recently before that day.

Erica B

January 23, 2020

I knew Jim as a coworker at the Florida Department of Health- Hillsborough. We worked in different departments, yet I can say Jim was always kind and helpful. I pray that his family finds peace and serenity in their cherished memories of Jim.

Daniel Brundage

January 23, 2020

Jim and I were best friends growing up across the street from one another. Together we played on our swing set, walked back and forth to school , played sand lot baseball and football, trick-or-treated, skim boarded, rode bikes to the hobby store, flew model airplanes, played with electric trains, and started a garage band (The Cryptic Dirge). Eventually we grew up, went to college, started families and eventually lost contact with one-another. Jim was a great guy, loyal to every one and a kind soul. He will be missed.


David Kerns

January 23, 2020

Jim and I were the founding members of The Cryptic Dirge , a garage band that was ahead of its time! We were 16 years old; we made alot of noise and-had a lot of fun! I hope he’s still making noise. Bon Voyage old friend!