Kathlyn Frances Loosier Black
ALBANY - Kathlyn Frances Loosier Black died October 13, 2013 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11:00AM at Porterfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Jennifer Sherling will officiate. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Born in Decatur, AL on January 7, 1923, Ms. Loosier grew up north Alabama, Tennessee, and in Bainbridge, GA, before her parents settled in The Rock in Upson County, GA. A graduate of the Georgia State Woman’s College (now Valdosta State University), she dual majored in English and Music, and frequently sang for both U.S. and English World War II pilots training at Moody Army Airfield.
Ms. Loosier met her husband, Eugene Cuthbert Black, Sr., when he returned to his hometown (The Rock, GA) after he had served in the Army infantry in the European theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. Severe frostbite from the war left Gene unable to walk well the first few months of his return to Georgia, he cut a very dashing figure astride a walking horse, and frequently rode to Frances’ parent’s house to court her. Frances and Gene were married in November 1946, and lived in Athens, GA while Gene, Sr. completed law school.
Shortly after the birth of their first child, Gene, Jr., Frances and Gene relocated to Albany, whose warm climate was favorable for Gene’s health, and whose and booming post-war community left no shortage of work for a young attorney and many peers for a young couple. A second son, Collier Franklin Black, arrived in 1952.
Mrs. Black was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Albany, and later transferred her membership to Porterfield Methodist. She taught Sunday School at both churches for several decades, most recently for the Alpha Class at Porterfield. She served as the first president of the Albany Symphony Guild, a tireless task for which her musical talent and warm personality had prepared her well.
Known for her beautiful soprano singing voice, Frances also often served as the principal soloist in the church choir. She was also a devoted gardener known for her beautiful daylilies, a weekend oil painter, a voracious reader of biographies, poetry, and theology, and a talented cook who frequently worked small miracles in her kitchen for large numbers of guests. A devoted caregiver and spouse to her husband Gene, Sr. in his later years, Frances is remembered above all as a warm, caring, and generous person who always put the needs of others above her own. In her final years, Frances received loving attention from her devoted caregiver, Shirley Anne Williams of Albany.
Survivors include two sons, Eugene Cuthbert Black, Jr. of Albany and Collier Franklin Black (Peggie) of Jacksonville, FL, five grandchildren, Rebecca Louise Black (Francis Kelly) of Greensboro, NC; Margaret Kathlyn Black Henderson (Shawn) of Miami, FL; Paul Van Dyke Black of Atlanta, GA; Charlotte Estelle Black Mineo (Peter) of Cooper City, FL; Collier Phelan Black of Jacksonville, FL;, a step-grandson, Desmond Washington Dorsey, of Atlanta, GA; and eight great grandchildren. She also leaves behind many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews in the Loosier, Mitchell, and Black families all across Georgia. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Kimbrell-Stern from 6:00PM until 8:00PM.
Those desiring may make memorials to the Porterfield United Methodist Church Memorial or to the MANA Nutrition Project through Porterfield Church, 2200 Dawson Rd, Albany, GA 31707.
Kimbrell Stern Funeral Directors