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John "Jimmy" James Presley Black

November 20, 1943 — February 12, 2024

John "Jimmy" James Presley Black, a beloved father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2024 at Courtland Terrace in Gastonia. He was born on November 20, 1943, in Gaston County to the late John and Fannie Black.

Jimmy's life was a beautiful harmony of joy and laughter. Known for his love of singing and listening to gospel music, he found solace in the melodies that touched his soul. His kind heart led him to regularly visit nursing homes, where he generously shared his time with the residents, singing and bringing comfort and companionship to those who needed it most.

A true jokester at heart, Jimmy had an infectious laugh that could brighten even the gloomiest of days. Making people laugh brought him immense joy, and he would go out of his way to bring smiles to the faces of others. His playful spirit will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Jimmy's talents extended beyond humor. He excelled in various sports and took pleasure both as a player and coach. He played and coached volleyball, softball, and tennis with great enthusiasm and dedication. His commitment paid off as he proudly led the teams to three League Softball Championships throughout his sporting journey. He was also an avid league bowler.

Jimmy had a true unwavering faith in God. A member of Grace Baptist Church in Cornelia, GA, he shared a deep love for the Lord and tirelessly spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ. You could often find Jimmy in the parking lot of Walmart in Cornelius handing out gospel tracks with boundless compassion. Jimmy truly embodied the spirit of a servant of God.

Family meant everything to Jimmy, and he cherished each moment creating precious memories with them. He adored his grandchildren and played an active role in their lives. Whether spending quality time together or taking them on adventures to feed the ducks, Jimmy's presence made every moment truly special.

In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Black, in 2002, and his sister, Francis Medford. He leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness that will forever echo in the hearts of those he touched.

Jimmy is survived by his children, Regina Pressley (Joe), Lisa Turner (Richard), Pastor Steve Black (Linda), and Leah Messer (Larry); his sister, Joyce Lingerfelt; and Helen Skelton, Jimmy's devoted companion of 19 years and brought immeasurable happiness to his life. His memory will be carried on by nine grandchildren: Amber, Stephanie, Jamie, Ben, Ryan, Chris, Nick, Lauren, and Taylor. Additionally, he leaves behind nine great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren who will cherish their time spent with their loving great-grandfather.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Maranatha Baptist Church located at 104 Downey Lake Rd in Dallas. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM and the visitation will be held immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either of the charity links listed below.

Jimmy's departure is undoubtedly a profound loss for all who knew him. As we gather to celebrate the remarkable life he led and the memories he gifted us with along the way, let us find solace in the knowledge that he now rests in eternal peace. May his laughter echo through our hearts forevermore.

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, February 15, 2024

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