Ted K. Black, 81, of Flat Rock peacefully departed this life Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Universal Health Care after a courageous battle with Alzheimerís disease.
He was a native of Petersburg, IN and the son of the late Ralph and Helen Ornbaun Black.
Ted attended West Point Academy and graduated from Butler University in 1956. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960, attained the rank of Major and continued with 13 years Reserve Duty Service. Ted was an executive with Shell Oil Company, the Wall Street Journal and, when he moved to Flat Rock in 1975, he was vice president of circulation for Mother Earth News Magazine.
He was a member of St. John in the Wilderness Church, the Shriners, and Hendersonville Country Club.
Ted is survived by his devoted wife of 32 years, Carol Hayward Black; son, Dr. B. Keith Black, wife, Susan, of Asheville, and children, Michelle, Kathryn and Sarah; daughter, Belinda A. Ward of Spartanburg, SC, and children, Wesley and Brian; step-children, Kevin Kraft, wife, Susan, of Bettendorf, IA, and children, Kyle and Lauren; Juli Jacobsen of Greenville, SC, and children, Matthew and Mitchell; Amy McBride, husband, Len, of Sherrills Ford, and children, Megan and Erin; Beth Boger of Unionville and children, Lindley, Stephen and Sam; and cousin, Terry Schrieffer of Alexandria, VA.
The family will receive friends at a reception on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm at St. John in the Wilderness Parish Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, 1905 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731, or Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.