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Howard Black

April 24, 1940 — November 30, 2022

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

~2 Timothy 4:7-8

Howard "Coach" Black, 82, died November 30, 2022 at home attended to by his devoted wife, daughter and son-in-law.

Howard was born April 24, 1940 to Mary Sutton Black and Odis Black in Idabel, Oklahoma. After graduating from Norman High School as an All-State baseball player and lettering in four sports in 1958, he went on to play baseball on scholarship at The University of Oklahoma 1958-1963 where he graduated with a degree in Secondary High School and Vocational Education. He married the cutest Norman Tiger cheerleader and his forever sweetheart, Carrie Scott, his Sophomore year. He later would go on to earn his Masters Degree in Education.

After graduation, he and Carrie moved to Tulsa, OK where he landed his first job as a Vocational Education Machine Shop teacher at Webster High School in 1964 where he taught and coached football for 15 years. During his tenure at Webster, he and Carrie had two daughters, Suzanne Black-McGuire in 1966 and Amy Black-Mainprize in 1970. In 1979 he became the Machine Shop teacher, football coach, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor at East Central High School where he retired in 1991. All total 27 proud years of service in Tulsa Public School System.

Howard was an encouraging, ever-positive, loving force of nature. Family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he demonstrated every day of his life. Always putting others first and finding ways to bless others was his greatest joy. He invested his life in his students, his friends, his loved ones, and even people he barely knew. He knew everyone and never met a stranger. He left every room a better, brighter place than when he entered.

After retirement his passions were working in his shop, golfing with his best buddies, antiquing and traveling with his wife, loving on his grandchildren, Cale and Kacie Mainprize, and attending Church where he served many years as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher.

Later on, after an unfortunate life-changing heart attack, when he was able, he enjoyed making beautiful clocks from exotic woods in his shop, mowing his lawn on his riding mower, sitting on the porch with Carrie, going to Chic-fil-A to see and encourage his favorite young people, and having early Saturday morning breakfasts with "The Breakfast Boys."

Anyone who knew him loved him. He was a man of pride, character, principle. He walked the walk. Finished the race. Was a good and faithful servant to his Lord. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00pm on Monday, December 19, 2022 at Evergreen Baptist Church 10301 E. 111th St South. There will be a reception following the service but will be no viewing or grave side memorial.

We welcome anyone to leave a comment or share a memory on his Tribute Book posted at the following:

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The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:

East Central High School HOWARD BLACK college scholarship fund.

Enclosed with the donation please include a SIGNED letter of intention.

Make donations payable to:

East Central High School

On check notation line: Howard Black Scholarship Fund.

Mail to:

East Central High School

Attn: Bria Pitts, Treasurer

12150 E. 11th St.

Tulsa, OK 74128

Or donate electronically through:

Search: Howard Black

"Howard Black East Central HS Scholarship

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