On June 17, 2023, Elder Heyward Black, Jr. quietly and peacefully answered the Master’s call to come home.
Elder Heyward Black, Jr. was born in Abbeville, SC on August 22, 1947 to the late Heyward Black, Sr. and
Elease Jones Black. He was the oldest of nine children born to this union.
Elder Black graduated from J.S. Wright High School, Class of 1966, in Abbeville, SC and attended Piedmont
Technical College, Greenwood, SC. He joined the United States Army in 1967, Vietnam Era. Upon his return,
he worked for the SCL Railroad, Mosanto, John De La Howe, and Lander University. He retired from
McCormick High School as a Building Construction Manager. Elder Black was also owner and operator of
Black’s Cabinet Shop in Abbeville, SC. His fine work span among many customers - including the installation
of kitchen cabinets in several of the churches in the National Convention of the Churches of God Holiness.
On August 10, 1968, Elder Black married the love of his life, Doris Jones, and to this union they were blessed
with a beautiful daughter, Joyce Black. Their love for God and each other kept them together for almost 55
Elder Black accepted Christ, and joined St. Paul Church of God Holiness where he was a faithful and dedicated
servant of God in various capacities. He was a member of Trustee Board and Finance Committee, Sunday
School Class #1, Young Men’s Christian League, and Male Chorus. He came through the ranks of Holiness as a
Brother, Deacon, Reverend and was licensed as an ordained Elder in 1995 under the leadership of the late
Bishop T.P. Burruss, Sr. and Local President of the National Youth Auxiliary. Elder Black loved the Word of
God from his heart and had a special love for his Pastor and wife
(whom he hosted in his home for many years). He and his wife also hosted many saints and revivalists. In his
leisure he enjoyed woodworking, preparing BBQ Ribs for church fundraisers and reading the Bible.
His favorite song was “The Sun Will Shine After While”, and his favorite scripture was “And one of the elders
answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?” “And I
said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and
have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:13-14)
Elder Black leaves fond and loving memories to be cherished by his devoted and loving wife of 54 years,
Missionary Doris Black; daughter, Joyce (Moses) Black Jenkins of Florence, SC; six sisters, Shirley Morton,
Louise (Jesse) Wright, Denise Wright, and Virginia Black of Abbeville, SC, Jeanette (Michael) Martin of lrmo,
SC, Deborah (Victor) Mitchell of Springfield, MO; one brother, Reverend Willie P. (Ernestine) Black of
Greenwood, SC; one predeceased brother, Kenneth Ray Black; three godchildren, Elizabeth Martin, Akeyla
Brown and Tytiana Lewis; and a great host of nieces and nephews and the St. Paul and Bethlehem church