Barbara Raper Black

March 18, 1944December 16, 2018

Barbara Raper Black, 74, peacefully passed away to be with the Lord while surrounded by her family Sunday, December 16, 2018.

Barbara was born in Davidson County on March 18, 1944 a daughter to the late Samuel LeRoy Raper and Vallie Morris Raper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jay” Black. Barbara was a graduate of Thomasville High School. She retired from Unilin Flooring as a Plant Controller in 2005 and was a member of Holly Grove Lutheran Church in Lexington, NC. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her grandchildren and taking care of her cats. She also enjoyed the previous months making new friends at The Gardens of Taylor Glen Retirement Community in Concord.

Surviving are sons, Scott Black and wife Judy of Lexington, NC, Craig Black and wife Kathy of Mooresville, NC; daughter, Amanda Wright and husband Elton of Concord, NC; brothers, Jim Raper and wife Betsy of Newport News, VA, Richard Raper and late wife Mary of Tullahoma, TN; seven grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew.

A funeral service will held 12:00 PM Friday at Holly Grove Lutheran Church in Lexington, NC. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park in Thomasville, NC. The family will receive friends from 10:30 – 11:45 am at the church prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Holly Grove Lutheran Church, Lexington, NC or to Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, Salisbury, NC.

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  • Samuel Leroy Raper, Father
  • Vallie Morris Raper, Mother
  • James "Jay" Black, Husband
  • Amanda, and husband Elton Wright, Daughter
  • Scott, and wife Judy Black, Son
  • Craig, and wife Kathy Black, Son
  • Jim, and wife Betsy Raper, Brother
  • Richard, and late wife Mary Raper, Brother
  • Mrs. Black leaves behind seven grandchildren, three nieces, and one nephew.

  • Holly Grove Lutheran Church
  • Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House


  • Receive Friends Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 21, 2018

Barbara Raper Black

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Sandy Langford Reece

December 19, 2018

For many years Barbara was like a second mother to my brother and I while growing up on Holly Grove Rd. She was a very hard worker - always outdoors in the garden, tending to the animals, or caring for her family. I'll never forget the look on her face when my daddy walked into the funeral home to pay respects to the family when Jay passed away. It was definitely a reunion of family. So now they can rejoice again as Jay, Mike, and now Barbara can reunite in heaven and talk about the fun times...
My love to the family. RIP Barbara!