Mr. Talbert Burley Black, Jr., 78, of Walterboro, entered into rest Monday evening, April 11, 2022, at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Born December 26, 1943, in Denmark, South Carolina, he was the youngest of nine children born to the late Talbert Burley Black, Sr. and the late Mary Jane Hutto Black. He served our country faithfully in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. Burley was an entrepreneur and astute businessman. Following their return to the Lowcountry of South Carolina in the early 1980’s, Burley worked under a gentleman who quickly became his mentor, Mr. Ed Werntz, at Ideal Rental. From there he launched and operated many businesses opportunities throughout the area in the dry cleaning and rental industries, the most notable of them, Sentry Cleaners. He never strayed from hard work and always instilled a strong work ethic into his children. He valued his customers and never took anything for granted.
Mr. Black was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was always present and served numerous callings within the church with a selfless heart. At the Walterboro Branch, he served in the Elders Quorum Presidency, and was a High Priest, Sunday School teacher, and Counselor in the Branch Presidency. He also took a special joy in working with the church’s Missionaries, helping them along their way as they completed their callings. He served a Stake Mission in San Jose, California, which was very dear to his heart and was a place where he formed many friendships that lasted to current day.
For several years, he served as President for the Walterboro High School Booster Club, working tirelessly to secure funds for the refurbishment of our school’s stadium. He served as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity and had also served on the foundation’s Board of Directors. He enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball and had done so for most of his life. He forged life lasting bonds with countless youngsters in a community he so dearly loved.
His kind demeanor and servants heart always allowed a certain ease to come when in his presence. Church and family were his life. He possessed love and loyalty to his wife and family and will forever be remembered for the unending sense of humor he enjoyed.
Surviving are: his wife of almost fifty-eight years, Mrs. Mary Jane Opdyke Black; four sons, Brian Black (Michelle) of Arkansas, Elvis Black (Shanna) of Moncks Corner, Burley Black, III (Rochelle) of Walterboro, and Glen Black of Columbia; six daughters, Darla Griffiths (Kent) of California, Lorinda Wright (Gary) of Georgia, Tamara Black of Summerville, Elayna Black of Summerville, Anitra Cottrell of Utah, and Cheryl Black of Lancaster; and a brother, Frankie Black (Dixie) of Lexington. He is also survived by thirty grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, James Herbert Gilbert Black.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be directed in his memory to: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mission Fund, care of 10306 Cottageville Highway, Cottageville, South Carolina, 29435.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, April 15, 2022, from the Walterboro Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 306 Dandridge Road, Walterboro. Interment will follow in Demark Cemetery, Denmark. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral ceremony beginning at 12:30pm that afternoon in the Walterboro Branch.
Arrangements by: THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Hwy, Walterboro, SC, 29488. Visit the guestbook online at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.
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