Jesse W. Black

Jess Black passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice on May 14, 2017, at the Clinton Veterans Center. He was born in Clovis, New Mexico, to Bill and Nettie Black, and had five sisters and four brothers, who preceded him in death. Jess and Marie Hulin married and lived in Clovis, New Mexico, and Sunray, Texas, before moving their family to California, where he joined the service. After being honorably discharged from the Navy they moved to Elk City and Jess was the manager of the John Deere Implement Co., until embarking on a new venture in the "oil business" that took them to Casper, Wyoming. In a couple of years he, along with his brother Howard, operated and owned a Texaco service station, until moving to Cheyenne, Oklahoma, to try his hand at ranching for about seven years before moving to Burns Flat, Oklahoma. He then became sales manager for the Houston Hulin Implement Co. in Cordell, until he retired. In his retirement, Jess enjoyed wood working, playing golf, and keeping his yard in tip-top condition while visiting with neighbors and friends. Jess and Marie recently celebrated their 79th wedding anniversary and were honored at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat. Jess is survived by his wife, Marie; three daughters and their husbands, Dixie and John McLemore of Casper, Wyoming; Rita and Ron Garner of Burns Flat, Oklahoma; and Jana Lopez of Westminster, Colorado; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation be made to the Russell-Murray Hospice Care in Oklahoma City, or the Clinton Veterans Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date.