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4/19/2022 6:58:00 PM
Ford Lee Black
June 13, 1937 - April 17, 2022

CATAWBA, N.C. - Ford Lee Black, 84, of Catawba passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

He was born June 13, 1937 in Catawba County to the late George William Black and Zora Davis Black. Ford was a lifelong member of Pisgah United Methodist Church in Catawba, a charter member of Balls Creek Optimist Club and a United States Army National Guard veteran. He retired as a dye house supervisor from Ridgeview Hosiery Mill after 40 years of service, following retirement Ford was employed with Maiden Elementary School, where he served as custodian for 15 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Worth Black, Fay Black, Page Black and Gerald Black.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 60 years Janice Campbell Black of the home; sons Lee Black and wife Pamela of Claremont, Todd Black and wife Leslie of Catawba, Kelly Black and wife Shannon of Ham Lake, Minn.; sister Juanita Sherrill of Catawba; sister-in-law Jean Black of Catawba; grandchildren Justin Black, Jaclyn Black, Jared Black, Jordan Black, Tyler Black, Kendyl Black, and Madison Black; great-grandchildren Walker Black, Bowen Black, Kane Cox, Harper Cox, and Charlotte Black; and many nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Ford’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 4 p.m. at Pisgah United Methodist Church in Catawba. Rev. David Hawkins will officiate. Burial with military honors by American Legion Post 16 will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Pisgah United Methodist Church. Those serving as pallbearers are Tyler Black, Jordan Black, Justin Black, Jared Black, Kevin Black, and Edsel Black.

Memorials may be made to Balls Creek Optimist Club, 4641 S Olivers Cross Rd., Maiden, NC 28650 or Pisgah United Methodist Church, 4950 Little Mountain Rd., Catawba, NC 28609.

Condolences may be sent to the Black family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Black family.

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