||Obituary: Gary Black
became a livelier place on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, as Gary Bryan Black
entered his eternal home. He was surrounded by his loving family and many
friends. A celebration of Gary’s very special life was on Saturday,
June 23, at Wall Brethren Church with burial in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.
Gary was born Sept. 7, 1946, in San Angelo to Margaret and Ed Black.
Gary attended San Angelo schools where he made lifelong friends and graduated
from San Angelo Central High School in 1964. He attended Angelo State
University but joined the service before earning a degree. He served in
the United States Navy during the Vietnam era. Gary was a very proud veteran.
After returning from the Navy, Gary completed his studies and earned a
degree in secondary education. This degree later allowed Gary to touch
the lives of many young people who respected and loved him for the gifts
he shared with them.
Gary married Peggy Lynn Simcik on Feb. 21, 1982, and they recently celebrated
their 25th anniversary. This union blessed them with two beautiful children,
Shauna and Bryan, who were the joy of Gary’s life. He adored them
and busted with pride in every step of their life. He enjoyed every moment
with them, often joking that he should paint his vehicle yellow as a taxi.
Gary’s first teaching job was in Nixon, Texas, but he changed
professions that involved his love for horses. Gary and Peggy lived their
early married years in Brady, where Gary trained and raced horses. Gary
developed many special friendships at this time that remain strong to
this day. They then moved to Weatherford, Texas, where Gary continued
to work with horses and developed more lasting relationships. While in
Weatherford, Gary was involved with the activities of his children and
was a member of the First Baptist Church in Aledo.
In 1996, the family moved back to San Angelo, where Gary remained active
in his children’s lives and their friends’ lives by coaching
and being a second dad to many. Gary resumed his teaching career and truly
touched more lives than anyone will ever know. He taught at Fairview,
Lee Junior High and since 2000 at San Angelo Central High School. At Central
he was a teacher for marketing education fostering confidence and skills
allowing young people to become responsible citizens. Gary was known to
his students as the Cookie Man.
Gary was a dedicated member of the Wall Brethren Church, where he served
on many committees as well as the board of elders.
Gary loved the outdoors and took every opportunity to share himself
with others. Some of Gary’s favorite outdoor times were fishing
with Bryan, attending the boat races, coaching the kids’ sports,
barbecuing, enjoying simple times with his friends, hunting quail and
working with his bird dogs. He loved life fully and was a walking party.
He shared his love with others openly and unconditionally. Gary would
do anything for anyone and had a very generous spirit. We will miss our
precious husband, father, son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, coach,
mentor, peacemaker, teacher, Buana, G Dog, GB, Cookie Man and friend.
Gary was the best friend many people ever had and was famous for giving
his friends special nicknames.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Simcik Black; daughter Shauna
Simcik Black; and son Bryan Clifton Black. Other survivors include his
mother, Margaret Bryan Black of San Angelo; his father, Ed Black of San
Angelo; sisters Elaine Storm of San Angelo and Jan Hanna and husband Roger
of Weatherford; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Nancy and Shawn Oliver
of San Saba, Kathy and Mike Varnadore, Cindy and Roy Martin, and Bill
and Janet Holland of San Angelo; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews,
great-nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
The family wishes to express appreciation for all the love and support
they have received during Gary’s illness. Your outpouring of love
sustained them through Gary’s courageous battle with cancer. A special
thanks is offered to John Young and Ken Whitley for their friendship during
the past school year.
The family requested that memorials be made to the Wall Brethren Church
or a charity of your choice.
Pallbearers were Roy Martin, Mike Varnadore, Bill Holland, Shawn Oliver,
Roger Hanna, Nathan Storm, Grant Huling, Garrett Huling and Wade Martin.
Honorary pallbearers were the many special friends that were Gary’s
“partners in crime.” Gary loved life, lived life and made
life better for everyone.