Obituary – Galen Black

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After a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Galen Black, 80, passed away peacefully with his children by his side on September 19, 2021.

Following his birth near Lucas, AR to Era Mae and Horace Black, Galen lived a very rich life.  He was married to the love of his life, Wilma Black, for 57 years. Together they raised two children and had three grandchildren.  In addition to his residential painting business, he loved working with livestock and gardening.  He was an avid outdoorsman and loved his dogs and adventures with his hunting buddies.  He had the ability to fix or build anything with his hands.

Galen loved the Lord and was a dedicated Christian.  He raised his family and managed his business with Christian principles.  For several decades, he served as a deacon and as a Sunday school teacher, making a positive impact on those he met.  He taught his children a strong work ethic, and he demonstrated a never quit attitude in all aspects of his life.  He was always looking out for those less fortunate and gave freely of his time and belongings to help others.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Black, and his parents.  Galen is survived by a son, Sherman Black and his wife, Lynnette, their children, Harrison and his wife, Megan, Colton and Faith, all of Minneapolis; daughter LeAnn Lee and her husband Robert Lee of Fort Smith; a brother, Dwayne Black of Greenwood; and two sisters, Sheila Burns of Hartford and Debbie West of Greenwood.

His family is so grateful for the care team at Methodist Village, and especially wish to recognize the extraordinary and compassionate efforts of his CNAs, Angela and Rochelle.   

A celebration of Galen’s life will be held at 10 am on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at his church, Rye Hill Baptist, followed by a private burial.  A visitation will also be held from 5-7 pm on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. To view the online guestbook, please go to www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; Editor - Resident Press. 20+ years experience in the news.

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