Donnie Black


Donnie Black, 77, a lifelong resident of Old Fort, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the family residence. 

He was the son of the late Ester Mantooth Black and Jim Black. His sisters, Betty Jean Pullin and Annie Wilcoxon, and his brothers, James and Bobby Black, also preceded him in death. 

He worked most of his life as a commercial painter. He loved the outdoors, including hunting and fishing. He was known also for his wood carving. He enjoyed making walking sticks. He was a member of the Ball Play Baptist Church in Polk County.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, JoAnn Black of Old Fort; his daughter, Josie Fields and her husband, Denver, of Benton; his sons: Harold Black and his wife, Mickey, of Cleveland, and Robert Walters and his wife, Christina, of Old Fort; his grandchildren: Chrystal Callihan and her husband, John, Gina Casias, Dakota Walters, Devin Walters, Jace Fields and Jalen Fields; his great-grandson, Christopher Callihan; his sisters: Martha Trentham of Old Fort, and Mary Parks of Eton, Ga.; his brothers: Holland Black and Verlin Black and his wife, Ada, all of Old Fort; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and interment will be held private for the family at Ball Play Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Matthew Harris and Pastor Charles Moore officiating. Denver Fields, Dakota Walters, Devin Walters, Robbie Walters, Arthur Trentham and Mac Wilcoxon will serve as casket bearers. 

The Remembrance of Life memorial service for family and friends will be conducted at a later time. 

The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, Wildwood Chapel, has charge of the arrangements. 

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