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Albert Black, Jr.

Albert “Butch” Wilson Black, Jr., 75, of Mt. Holly Springs, PA, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in the UPMC Carlisle. He was born July 9, 1944 in Baltimore, MD to the late Albert Wilson and Elizabeth Allen (Asher) Black, Sr.

Butch was a United States Navy Veteran, serving two tours in Vietnam as a Seabee and then stationed in the Antarctic, totaling 10 years of service. He retired from PPG, after over 35 years of service, working in the tank department.  After retiring, Butch spent some of his time working for Lowe's Home Improvement. He was a lifetime member of the Citizens Fire Company and Ambulance, served on the Mt. Holly Springs Borough Council, worked as the borough Zoning Officer, and was a member of the Harmony Sportsman Club with his special nephew, Rick.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and woodworking.

Surviving is his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Louise “Susie” (Wilson) Black of Mt. Holly Springs; children, Janene E. Gothard and husband, Tom, of Wylie, Texas and Albert Wilson Black III and wife, Diane M. Myers-Black of Mt. Holly Springs; grandchildren, Nikki and JT Gothard and Kaytlin M. Black, Pappy’s pride and joy; and siblings, Ruth and Joan. Butch was preceded in death by an infant child and siblings, Louise, Norma and Trudy.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Yellow Breeches EMS, Inc., 233 Mill St., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA.

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So sorry to hear that Al has passed. Steve worked with him at PPG for many years. We spoke to him last at Holly Days . Always pleasant and we still have and treasure some of his woodworking pieces. Take care in the difficult days ahead. He will be missed. RIP Al

Steve and Linda Kreiser Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Susie and family,Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. We were so very sorry to read of Butch’s passing. He and John worked together for many years at PPG. May you find strength in your memories and know he will be with you forever.

John and Patti Markel Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Susie and family, for many years I lived in Mt. Holly Springs and grew to know Al through Borough Council when I was the Borough Secretary.  He was such a great person who exuded enthusiasm, fun and was always willing to go the extra mile to achieve a worthwhile goal for the community.  I remember him talking with great pride about you and the kids.  You could tell just by looking at his broad smile that he was a very happy man.  I will always see him smiling and will remember these moments with great pleasure.  I was very sad to read of his passing and know that we have once again lost a truly good and gracious man.  Paula Correal

Paula P. Correal Jun 23 2020 12:00 AM

Our neighbor, our dear friend.  Most people called him "Butch" but Jeff and I called him Al.  It was our pleasure having Al as our neighbor but most of all our friend.  He would come over and chat when he seen us out, especially on Friday nights when Susie went to play Bingo.  We would chat about the old days, his navy days, his hunting trips, his family, his days on council, our dogs (I would talk about our cats, but they were not Al's favorite.)  Sometimes he would have a beer with Jeff and sometimes he would bring Jeff the moonshine he found on his many trips- that's when I would call him ALBERT. Al made many things for us over the years, things we still have on the porch and in our yard,  my favorite- his Santa's, he knew how I loved Santa's.  I will cherish each one when I get them out for the holidays.  One day I told him I wanted to do my nieces bedroom at the house in Snow White and the 7 dwarf's, next thing I knew he brought over a picture he painted for me with Snow White and the 7 dwarf's, it still hangs in their room.  We will miss you Al- you will always be in our hearts!!!

Shawndel and Jeff Staruh Jun 23 2020 12:00 AM

Susie, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Al for many years. He helped me with my career and I will never forget that. He was a good friend and will be missed. Again I am so sorry.

Jim Dorn Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM

“You're my honeybunch, sugar plum, pumpy-umpy-umpkinYou're my sweetie pie. You're my cuppycake, gumdrop, snoogums-boogums & more.You're the apple of my eye.”That is the song my Pap and Mam used to sing to me when I was little to get me to fall asleep or just to make me smile. When we visited him the morning he passed I laid on his chest and mumbled these lyrics to him in between my sobs. I know it made me peaceful as a kid and I just hope it did the same for him. I’ve wrote this over a million times now it feels like and I just can’t find all the right things to say. He was just so special and I spent so so much time with him it’s hard to find the perfect words so I hope these’ll do. No one loved/loves me more than he did. He always argued that someone may love me just as much, but NEVER more than he did. He’d always grab me and ask, “Kaytie, who loves you more than me?” and that man had me trained since I could barely talk to say, “Nobody.” Of course that would cause Mam to say, “Well hey now what about me?” And it always resulted in Pap explaining that someone may love me just as much as he does, but never ever more. Boy was he right. We’ve been inseparable since the day I entered this earth. I was blessed to be with him in his final moments before he left us early June 17. He was the bravest and most selfless person I know. I was so honored when he was a speaker at the Veteran’s Day breakfast, even though he scared the hell out of me when he told me he was just going to “wing it.” He did a superb job, and he knew he had to because he didn’t want to let me down. He knew I was so so proud of him. Some of my favorite memories with him are recent summer drives down Skyline Drive, which is he and Mam’s absolute favorite place to go. Who am I kidding I can’t even say “some of my favorite memories” cause there’s just so many...the list could go on and on forever. I’m sure he’s dancing with his sister Louise, singing The Beatles, drinking a warm cup of English breakfast tea, hunting some large turkeys, or even painting something for someone right about now. He was a man of many talents and specialties that reached sooo many people throughout his life. Watching him suffer was one of the hardest things I’ve had to see, and as much as it hurts me to see him leave us, I’m beyond glad that he’s not suffering anymore. He was fighting AML and Pulmonary Fibrosis so he had a hell of a battle. He didn’t let go easily though. He fought and fought but we knew it was time for him to get his eternal rest. He was my favorite person in the whole world and it’s been so hard to see him go. I love you so so much Pap and I know you’ll always be right here with me in my heart.

Kaytlin Black Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Butch at Lowes. The best shifts I had were when he was around. We had alot of meals together, and since we'd both been in the service it was like we'd known each other for years. His personality was bigger than he was, and his heart was twice that. After I left Lowes we lost touch. About 10 years later, I'm sitting in Emmitsburg, MD eating crabs and here comes a bear hug out of nowhere. I sure will miss you, brother. Rest easy, we'll take it from here.   ~Bryan

Bryan McVitty Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM

Susie,  Janene  & Bert          I am so very sorry for the loss of Butch.  He was a wonderful man who will be missed by all that knew him. God bless

Douglas Baer Jun 21 2020 12:00 AM

Diane I did not know your father... but if you are anything like him... he had to have been a very special husband, father and grandfather.  Know that I am thinking of you and your family at this time.

Esther Tizio Jun 21 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Butchie was my favorite uncle. I will never forget your love and kindness. No one ever gave a better or tighter bear hug than him. I will miss how when ever I saw him he would say “There’s my niece” or “There’s my girl”. He loved me so much and I will miss him forever. Nothing will be the same without him. I love you so much Uncle Butchie.

Evonne Mather Jun 21 2020 12:00 AM

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