Photo above: Lee Black with his parents, Pete and Nell.
Monroeville, AL (July 28, 2019) —Singing News has learned that Pete and Nell Black, parents of songwriter and Legacy Five vocalist Lee Black, have passed on to glory within weeks of one another. Prayers are appreciated for Lee, his siblings, and the rest of the family during this sad time.
The couple lived in Monroeville, Alabama, and were married for 67 years. Pete, 91, passed away June 30, and Nell, 89, followed on July 25. Pete served in the Army in Japan and Korea before marrying Nell, a bank teller, in 1951. In 1956, he built a new Gulf service station, which would come to be known as Black’s Texaco Station, in Monroeville. He and Nell worked side by side at the business for 56 years—she as bookkeeper and money manager, he as manager and mechanic—before retiring in 2012.
The following is taken from an online statement posted July 26 by Lee Black: I’m grateful to the [Legacy Five] guys for support as the tears have spilled over several times. Today I have felt the tether of this world a little looser. And I have read the beautiful words of Ecclesiastes 12 several times: “Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come… remember Him before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken, before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel is broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” I’m grateful they did remember their Creator. And then they remembered Him to five kids who remembered Him to their kids who are now remembering Him to their kids! What a legacy! I’m proud to have been Nell and Pete’s boy. I love you both and miss you terribly.
Pete and Nell are survived by five children, 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and other family members and friends.
Visitation for Nell Black will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. at Monroeville First Baptist. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Glen Eubanks and Rev. Micah Gandy officiating. Interment will be at Pineville Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Visit the online registry of www.johnsonfh.org for more information.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at www.alzfdn.org.