BENTON — Winfred Delano “Grandpa” Black, 74, formerly of Pine Bluff, died Monday, March 31, 2014 from complications of advanced Alzheimer’s Disease.
Grandpa was born on November 4, 1939, to Myrtle Gertrude Fielding Black and Acie Leonard Black in their home in Sheridan, Ark. The family later moved to Pine Bluff where he was raised, graduating from Pine Bluff High in 1958. Before graduating, Grandpa began working with his father rebuilding engines and selling auto parts at Black’s Motor Service. He later took over the business, operating it until 2003.
An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed being in the great outdoors and spent many hours in the White River Refuge, the wooded land his father owned in southwest Jefferson County, and the many lakes and streams of Arkansas. Always the life of the party, Grandpa enjoyed making people laugh and was known for his zany antics.
In addition to his parents, Grandpa was preceded in death by his former wife and mother of his children, Sharon Alexander Black; his brother Carl L. Black; and a sister, Floy Bates.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Roth Beucher Black of Esto, Fla.; a sister, Kathy Schweitzer of Billings, Mont.; a daughter, Jessica Routon (Rox) of Harrisonburg, La.; a son, Jason A. Black of Little Rock; two stepdaughters, Shelley Smith (Wendell) of Esto, Fla. and Danielle Brown (Melvin) of Jacksonville, Ark.; a stepson, John P. Beucher of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren, Barrett, Katie Helen, and Jack Routon of Harrisonburg; three step grandchildren, Blake Smith of Esto, Fla.; Dylan Jones of Jacksonville, Ark.; and Tyler Hutchinson of York, Pa.; five nephews; and three nieces.
The family wishes to thank all of the staff and volunteers at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant, Ark. for the loving care given to Grandpa and the exemplary compassion shown to him and his family members.
A memorial service and celebration of life for Grandpa will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday April 5, 2014 at Fuller Hale South in Pine Bluff with visitation immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any Alzheimer’s Disease research program.
Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com.