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James D. Black, 84

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By Lorrie Kinkade

James D. Black, 84, of Bedford, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange.

Born July 5, 1924, he was the son of the late Thomas Black and Frieda Chandler Black Tingle

He served in the Navy during WW II. He was employed at the Proving Grounds. He was mayor of the city of Bedford for more than 18 years, served as Bedford Fire Chief and was the first EMT for Trimble County. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #158 where he recently received his 60-year pin. He was a member of the Bedford Baptist Church.

He enjoyed crosswords, his pets and traveling with his family. He loved collecting gemstones and coins. He also spent many hours playing solitaire.

Survivors include his wife, Eunice Black; one daughter, Allie (Mike) Wright, Bedford; two grandchildren, Becky Wright, Madison, Ind. and Amanda Webster, Bedford; and three great-grandchildren, Nikki, Lane and Grace.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Becky, and three half siblings.

Services were held at Ransdell Funeral Home Friday, August 15, 2008, with Dr. Tom Wilkes officiating. Interment was at Bedford I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Bedford.

Pallbearers were Larry Chandler, Mike Wright, Rob Webster, Andy Floyd, Jamie Royce, and Eli Chandler.

Ransdell Funeral Home in Bedford was in charge of arrangements.