Services

Celebration of Life

Thu. Apr. 4, 2024
11:00 am

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

11612 Memorial Drive
Houston , TX 77024.
Thu. Apr. 4, 2024
11:00 am
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
11612 Memorial Drive
Houston , TX 77024.
In Memory of
David Ford Black
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David Ford Black returned to his heavenly father on March 10, 2024. David was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, always putting his family first. David was born in Amarillo, Texas on September 13, 1941, to Mary Ford Black and John Palmer Black. 

David grew up with his older brother, John, down the street from Amarillo High School. His father was the editor for the local newspaper, and his mother raised the family in the traditional Baptist mold. Growing up in Amarillo, David played many sports, including basketball and tennis on the Amarillo High School teams. After high school, David went to Texas Tech University, where he was a loyal member of the Saddle Tramps. David graduated from Texas Tech in 1966 with a degree in finance, and he moved to Houston to start his career in the oil and gas industry.

Little did David know, his first job – with Tenneco Inc. – would last for 30 years. He truly enjoyed his time working for Tenneco, making lifelong friends and honing his golf game at the company golf course, Tennwood. After Tenneco, David worked with several natural gas companies and then finished his career traveling throughout Texas as a land man. David was grateful for the relationships that he developed from the oil and gas industry, many of whom mentored him and fostered his career development.

David met and fell in love with Beth Welsh in 1972. Their first date was at Miller Outdoor Theatre. They soon married in 1973 at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, and they settled down in Houston to start a family. After traveling through Europe, Mexico, and other exciting destinations, they had their son, Barton, in 1976. Three years later, in 1979, they welcomed their daughter, Mary Beth.

Throughout Barton and Mary Beth’s childhood, David coached many of their sports teams, including baseball, football, and basketball. David played catcher when Barton practiced his pitching, and he enjoyed numerous basketball games on the driveway with neighbors and family. In his spare time, for many years, David loved speeding on his bike through their Rummel Creek neighborhood, once even receiving a ticket for running a stop sign.

Taught by his parents, David was a devout Christian, finding strength and comfort in his faith throughout his life. He and his family religiously attended St. Philip for thirty years, where David served as a Deacon, and he and Beth served as youth leaders in their younger years. St. Philip played a substantial part in David’s life, which was enriched by friendships made at church, especially the Presbyterian Dinner Club friends. Each year, the family looked forward to their annual hill country trip with St. Philip, which included golf, country dancing, and great times on the Guadalupe. Later in life, David and Beth joined Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, where David was a devoted member of Men’s Life.

David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beth; his daughter, Mary Beth (44) of Houston; his son, Barton (47), and his wife Brin and daughters Billie (12) and Jessie (10), of Atlanta, Georgia; his niece, Nancy O’Neel, and her family of Xenia, Ohio; and his nephew, Stephen Black, and his family of Portland, Oregon. David was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Palmer; his brother, John; and his sister-in-law, Darla.

David will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 11:00am at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024).

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to:
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
11612 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024

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