Death of Benjamin “Ben” Black Jr.

Benjamin “Ben” Black Jr. passed away at his home in Carolina Shores, N.C., on Oct. 26, 2014 after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gerhig’s disease) for his heavenly home. He was born in McDunn on Dec. 20, 1932 and grew up in and around Eskdale. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War he settled in Elkview, remaining there for over 50 years before moving to the warm, sunny south to enjoy their retirement years.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Helen Carol Harper Black; parents, Benjamin F. Black Sr. and Margaret Estep Black; sister, Nell Hinkle; and brothers, Bill Black, O’Dell Black, Sam Black, Woodrow Black and Ray Black.

Surviving Ben are his wife, Cheryl Cutlip Black; son, Rickey L. Black of Pinch; daughters, Mary Jo Lawson of Nitro and Beverly Dean of Pinch; brother, Tom (Ethel) of Dunbar; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He retired from the Charleston Police Department as an officer after many interesting years, to then continuing working and making additional cherished friendships at Heck’s, Inc., Carbon Fuel Company stationed at the Winifrede office and Smith Motor Cars before finally retiring to the sunny North Carolina coast.

Ben is a member of Clendenin Masonic Lodge No. 126 AF&AM; 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason Valley of Charleston, Orient of West Virginia; Beni Kedem Shrine, being a member of the Oriental Band; Thelma Chapter No. 24 Grand Chapter of West Virginia and Brunswick Chapter No. 341 Grand Chapter of North Carolina Order of the Eastern Star; Capitol City Lodge No. 74 of the Fraternal Order of Police; Paralyzed Veterans of America Southeastern Chapter; Nocha White American Legion Post 503; and a 50-year member of Moose Lodge 1444 in Charleston.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, with Pastors Mark Boyd and Randy Black officiating. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with an Eastern Star funeral service at 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the serve on Friday, Oct. 31. Ben will be buried at Sunset Memorial Park with Masonic graveside rites conducted by Clendenin Masonic Lodge No. 126 AF&AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Calabash Volunteer EMS, P.O. Box 4711, Calabash, NC 28467 and/or Shriners Children’s Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502. Many thanks are given to the Amedisys Hospice employees, Barbara, Gary, Mary Ann and others who attended to Ben’s needs during his illness, as well as the employees of Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center.

Condolences may be sent to cblack4675@atmc.net.

Hafer Funeral Home of Elkview is in charge of arrangements.
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