BLACK, John The Honorable John Tarrant Black, 79, died Monday, May 14, 2007. Judge Black was born in Beaufort, South Carolina on January 13, 1928. He was the husband of Betty Padgett Black and the son of Benjamin Otis and Pickens Tarrant Black. Judge Black graduated from the Citadel in 1950, and served in the Office of Special Investigations of the United States Air Force before attending and graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1956. He served on Walterboro City Council and on the Lowcountry Council of Governments. He was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church and the Walterboro Lions Club. Judge Black was a man of many interests; he practiced as an attorney with the firm of Padgett, Moorer and Black in Walterboro but upon the death of his senior partner he left the firm to pursue his love of high-performance automobiles by owning and operating Black Chevrolet-Olds and the Walterboro Dragstrip. He retuned to the legal field in 1968 after his appointment as Colleton County Judge and later as Judge of the Family Court of South Carolina, Fourteen Circuit, until his retirement in 1995. He loved animals, especially horses, and was known for his quick wit and memorable one-liners delivered to litigants and lawyers alike. In addition to his wife of 50 years, Judge Black is survived by his sister, Beneva Black Ouzts of Columbia; four children, Carol Padgett Black of Columbia; John Tarrant Black, Jr. and wife Denise of Mt. Pleasant and Edisto Island (and their children Eva, Will and Gordon); Nancy Black Skardon and husband Taylor of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (and their children, Elizabeth, Frances and Padgett); James Benjamin Black II and wife Trish of Mt. Pleasant (and their children Caroline and Andrew); and three nieces and four nephews. He was pre-deceased by a brother, James Benjamin (Jimmie) Black. The family would especially like to thank Judge Black’s caregivers: Doris Johnson, Thelma Bowman, Bernice Perry, Sonja Fryar, Margaret Mack and Ruth Wilkie. Visitation will be held at the chapel of Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home, 117 Paul Street, on Wednesday evening, May 16, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 17, at 11:00 AM at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 403 Church St., Walterboro, SC with interment immediately following at Live Oak Cemetery. PARKER-RHODEN FUNERAL HOME, 117 Paul St., Walterboro is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29407; Bethel Presbyterian Church, 403 Church St., Walterboro, SC 29488 or to the charity of your choice. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths. Published in the Charleston Post & Courier on 5/15/2007.
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