Marion F. Black

June 26, 1935 - November 26, 2007

Marion F. Black, age 72, of Frisco, Texas, passed away November 26, 2007, in Frisco. Marion was born June 26, 1935, in Malvern, Arkansas, to Tracy Harry and Ora Mae (Frisby) Black. Marion graduated in 1953 from Malvern High School in Malvern, Arkansas. Marion proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He married Suzanne Latham on April 21, 1955 in Houston, Texas. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and retired as a Vice-President with State Farm Insurance after 36 years. He was a member of the Methodist faith and an Eagle Scout. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; daughters, Susan Love and husband, Mike of Ft. Worth, Texas and Debbie Murray and her husband, John of Fairfield, Connecticut; granddaughters, Katie Love of College Station, Texas and Cathy Murray of Norman, Oklahoma; grandsons, Michael Love of Ft. Worth, Texas and Jimmy Murray of Norman, Oklahoma; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Catherine J. Null. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 N. Halsted St. #201, Chicago, IL 60622, 312-587-9272, Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM, Saturday, December 1, 2007, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in McKinney, Texas with Reverend Mike Mashall officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at a visitation on Saturday, December 1, 2007, prior to service beginning at 10:30 AM.

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rest in peace my friend Robert Smith, October 13, 2012 Marion and Family, Lance and I were stunned and greatly grieved to hear of Marion's passing. He was a precious man who we enjoyed immensely. We feel honored to have known both of you and to be able to have been considered a friend. I know that the Lord Jesus welcomed him with open arms and is comforting you and holding you with those same arms. Please know that you are continually in our thoughts, but more importantly, our prayers. One day there will be no more tears and I am joyfully looking forward to that day. Love, Lance and Karla Smith (niece of Betty and Gordon) Karla and Lance Smith, December 16, 2007 Suzanne, we are so very sorry about your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this most difficult time. We are grateful that we had the opportunity to know Marion and are thankful for the positive difference his leadership and influence made with those with whom he was associated. We have valued Marion's friendship for well over thirty years and will miss him greatly. May God's love surround and comfort you. Bob & Carolyn Jeffus, December 13, 2007 Suzanne and family, I am so sorry to hear of Marion's passing. I will always be greatful to him for the instrumental role he played in my being able to transfer to the Florida office from Bloomington. It changed the path and future for my whole family. Know that thoughts and prayers from my family are with yours at this diffciult time. Kaaren Rada Kaaren Rada, December 12, 2007 Suzanne and family, I am so sorry to hear of Marion's death. I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and praying for you. I understand how difficult this is for all of you as I have been through this myself. Nothing will ever be the same but I feel I am in God's hands and so are you Suzanne. May God Bless all of you, and Comfort you. Barbara Barbara Hinegardner, December 6, 2007 Marion was a very special person to me. He gave me good advice on many occasions and I remember him most fondly. Although I have not seen him for years, he lives on in my memory. I extend to his family sincere sympathy in their loss of this dear man. Charles T Dunsford, December 6, 2007 To Suzanne and family. I was very saddended to here of your loss. Marion got me started in agency with State Farm in Florida. I still remeber my high school days in Babson Park when I mowed that terraced lawn on Crooked Lake. I can still see Marion with his pipe standing on the flat part of the slop directing me to hold the mower up on the slop and push. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. My prayers are with you. Bill Marston, December 5, 2007 Suzanne, I am greatly sadden to hear of Marions passing. Some of the best years of my life were spent with Marion and you The great times we had in Florida will be forever cherished by my family. He was a great gentleman that impacted many people. Our thoughts and prayer are with you. Dan Bizik, December 4, 2007 Susan, I am praying for you and your family during this time. You are a wonderful friend to all of us at UTA. I wish for God's grace to be with you. Valerie Martin, December 4, 2007 The news about Marion was a blow to us and to all your friends. We send our deepest sympathy to you and all of the family. We think back to the good times when you were in Greeley as part of our State Farm family, and how blessed we were to have that time together. Marion was dedicated to his family first and to those whom he led and those with whom he worked in his career. Our hearts go out to you,Suzanne, and to Susan and Debbie. Love, Bob and Dede Bob and Dede Bischoff, December 4, 2007 Dear Susan, Please know that you have a supportive UTA-social work family. We are here for you as you need us; may our thoughts and prayers help sustain you and your family through this difficult time. Catheleen Jordan Catheleen Jordan, December 3, 2007 Dear Suzanne, Debbie, and Susan, We are so very happy we were able to enjoy Marion's friendship and association over the past several years. Our visit at your home, Suzanne, this past May,and our cruise with you and Marion, embarking from Amsterdam in September of 2006, are still very vivid in our memories. You both have enriched our lives, and we thank you. I treasure my conversations with Marion, they were informational, and educational, at at times, beyond my comprehension! We are both so very blessed to have enjoyed Marion for the time we had with him. Dean F. & Rosie Olsen, December 3, 2007 Suzanne and family. Kim and I send share your loss. Marion was a one of kind guy, and we have many fond memories of him, and you. You are in our prayers. Bill and Kim Mill, December 3, 2007 Susan and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Marions' passing. We remember well the years the four of us spent together in the Mountain States region and the wonderful experiences we shared during some of the best days of our lives. We're grateful for the friendship we've had with the two of you and wish God's blessing on you and your family during these difficult days. Bill & Susan Gabbard Bill Gabbard, December 2, 2007 Susan, Mike and family, You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time. You will experience a wide range of emotions over time but Brian and I pray that the most overwhelming ones will be trust in God, peace in His love, and security in His unconditional mercy. Regina and Brian Regina T. Praetorius, PhD, LMSW-AP, December 2, 2007 Dear Suzanne and Family, Don and I were saddened when we heard the news about Marion. We both worked with him in the Florida office and we have many happy memories of the times you so graciously opened your home to us. Marion was a true gentleman and will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with your and your family. Emily and Don Carter, December 1, 2007 Sear Suzanne We are so sorry to hear the news of Marion's passing. I have so many fond memories of the many years I worked with Marion here in Florida. Our Sincere Sympathies go to your entire Family Jan and JP Jones, Jr John Paul Jones Jr, December 1, 2007 Mrs. Paul M. Asheim, December 1, 2007 Dear Suzanne and Family, We extend our deepest sympathy to you at this time of great loss. We will always remember our days with you and Marion in Florida. We appreciate the positive impact Marion made in our lives. Marion was a very special person who made a unique and lasting contribution to a great Company. May God bless you with the strength and love you will need at this time. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Ray and Cathy Owen, December 1, 2007 Dear Suzanne and family. Barbara and I sent our sincere condolences. We had the opportunity to work with Marion for about three years in Florida, and to get to know and spend time with you Suzanne. Marion was an outstanding managment person from whom I learned a lot. I enjoyed the short time we worked together. May the good memories and happy times give you support. James N Smith, December 1, 2007 My condolences to all who are grieving the loss of Marion. In my memories of all my State Farm friends, Marion stands out as one of the highest in integrity and truly a gentle and loving soul. Carl L. Visintainer, J.D., December 1, 2007 Suzanne, we are so sorry to hear the news of Marion's passing. A good friend has parted from our midst. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Our prayers are with you. Anita & Sander Frindell, December 1, 2007 When I learned of Marion's death this evening, my thoughts went immediately to the great times I had working in Life Company here in Winter Haven during the time Marion was our executive leader. What a role model he was. I'll never forget his personal concern and assistance when I was contemplating a career change. His support and encouragement in helping me make the change had a very positive impact on my career, and I will always be grateful. May you experience comfort and peace in this difficult time. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Dick Myers Richard W. Myers, November 30, 2007 Suzanne, I was so saddened to hear of Marion's passing. I remember our days together here in Austin, Texas when he was an agent and the very kind help you gave us in Florida. May your mourning be short, your memories long and the Grace of God be with you forever. Dick Richard E. "Dick" Sykes, November 30, 2007 Susan, Mike, Michael and dearest Katie: Although I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Black I am certain that he was a wonderful man. I still have the sympathy card he and Mrs. Black sent me after Tom's accident-it meant so much. My heart breaks for you and your entire family as you grieve the loss of one loved so well. Vicki Morlock & Family, November 30, 2007 Emily and I send our sincere condolences to Mr. Black's family and especially to our friend, Debbie. Mr. Black and the family will be in our prayers. Tom and Emily Thebeau, November 30, 2007 Suzanne: Marion and yourself were always gracious hosts and a pleasure to work with. We had many great moments and many great places over the years. It was always a pleasure working with Marion and he will be sorely missed. Marion was a key player in all the progress we made in Florida. Mary B and I wish you peace and serenity as you get through this loss. Wally & Mary B Dale, November 30, 2007 Marion was a special person and friend. Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Covey, November 30, 2007 Suzanne..............I'm so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. John Jourde, November 30, 2007 Dear Suzanne and family, please know that you have my deepest sympathy. I pray for your comfort, strength, and peace at this sad time and always. Shirley Dittert Grunert, November 30, 2007 Debbie and John, Our prayers will be with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Please know that we care and are saddened for the loss of Marion. Our deepest sympathy, Lauren and Tim Stone Grapevine/Southlake, TX Lauren Stone, November 30, 2007 Suzanne, Susan & Debbie: Many long-time friends from Harlingen are with you in spirit. If my mother was in better health I would take her to the funeral. She cares deeply about all of you and what you are going through, and I do, too. God bless you through this time. Lolly Tanberg Burns, November 30, 2007 Marion was a big reason State Farm came to be what is was in Florida. I started under Marion and followed his leadership for my whole career in Florida. I left Florida and came to Tennessee to be an agent when Marion retired , but I brought with me lessons I learned from Marion. To the Black Family I want you to know that I will pray for ya'll for peace. I lost my only daughter last year and I know the hurt you are feeling and will also pray for your strength. State Farm is a better company today because of Marion Black! Wallie Culbreth, November 30, 2007 Dear Suzanne, Susan, Debbie and family, Edith and I are truly saddened to hear of Marion's passing. You all have been such good friends for so long. Like so many others, Marion gave me that State Farm opportunity over 30 years ago. I remember our time together at Ward Memorial UMC in Austin; the time, Suzanne, when you 'both' were our State Farm agent(s). You were both so supportive and gracious throughout that long State Farm ride. I will always remember when Marion would come into our pet shop and wonder what future was there. We regret so much that in recent years that we have not visited. (Please do not wait to go see those you care about.) God bless you, Suzanne, girls and families. We love you and pray for strength and peace. Dave and Edith Hamrick, November 30, 2007 Mrs. Black, Susan and Debbie - My deepest & sincere sympathies to all of you and your extended families. I do hope you will find comfort being together at this time and that your memories will sustain and help you in the time ahead. I'll be thinking of all you. With love and sympathy, Sharon Sharon Lytle, November 30, 2007 Suzanne, I remember Marion's graciousness and your hospitality when you welcomed me as a Florida trainee agent into your home many years ago. I am so sorry for your loss, and you and your family are in my prayers. Lois Kennedy, November 30, 2007 I was the very first State Farm Agent that Marion appointed when he was first promoted to Agency Mgr. It was in Brownsville,Tx. Carmen and I have many fond memories of Marion and Suzanne. I loved talking philosophy with him. He was an exemplary man. Bob White, November 30, 2007 Marion always a smile for every one. He was highly respected by his peers. I always knew that he had your interest at heart. He will be missed by all. Terry L Mosley, November 30, 2007 There are so many wonderful memories that I have of Marion and Suzanne from our high school days with Debbie and Susan. They were the most gracious hosts when my sister, Barbara, and I, were invited to go to Colorado and ski with them! Marion, the ultimate skier, was out the door first thing in the morning to go explore the "black" slopes! For all I know it could have been the green ones. I was so impressed how he just couldn't wait to get out there and have the time of his life sking! This was our first time sking, and he was so patient with us! They were also youth counselors and sponsors in our youth group at church when we were in high school. Marion was also our Sunday school teacher and he was always such an optomistic person. When dealing with teenagers, that is certainly not the easiest thing to be! I have so many wonderful memories of Marion, Suzanne and of course Debbie and Susan. They all made a difference in my life and I am grateful that I was a part of theirs. Even though I haven't seen Marion in years, I am so grateful that he touched my heart, and want the family to know that he did indeed make a difference in all our lives! Our love to you all. Carolyn Griffin Williams, November 29, 2007 May the gentle comfort of peace settle over you with every breath. And sigh. (sigh alot, it helps) You ALL are in our thoughts and prayers. Namaste~ Bari Bari Kathleen Henderson, November 29, 2007 Our deepest sympathy to Suzanne and family. We have many good memories of our time together in Florida. It was a pleasure to know and work with Marion. Our prayers are with you at this time. Frank and Betty Klopp, November 29, 2007 Suzanne, we are very sad to hear of Marion's passing. He was just to young to leave. We have very fond memories of times spent with your family while you were here in Austin so long ago now. Our thoughts and prayers will continue for you and your daughters and their families. God bless you. Buddy and Betty Buddy and Betty King, November 29, 2007 Suzanne, I was shocked to read in the paper today of Marion's death. I am so very sorry. I will tell the State Farmers here.My beloved john died dec.2.2004 so I understand your feelings. I know John welcomed him with open arms because he thought so much of him as I do.I will tell the Parkers, My family willbe praying for all of you. We love you very much. I will call later. Much love, Bonita Bonita Cunningham, November 29, 2007 Suzanne, I was saddened to learn about Marion. My sympathy goes out to all the family. Gordon passed away in Jan of 2006 so I can understand your loss very deeply. I have fond memories of our State Farm family gatherings all over the world. I hold you in my heart and prayers. Winnie (Wink) Brown Winnie (Wink) Brown, November 29, 2007 I worked with Marion for several years in South Florida. Our deepest sympathy go out to all of the family Jim and Sherry Dye Elk Park, N.C. Jim Dye, November 29, 2007 It was a real shock to us when Sheri called us today to tell us of Marion's passing. We have a lot of good memories of our times together in the Valley. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Bill and Jo Sellers, November 29, 2007 To the Marion Black family. Marion changed lives with his no nonsense leadership. The State Farm family has lost a great one. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Mike Campbell, November 29, 2007 To the Marion Black family. Marion changed lives with his no nonsense leadership. The State Farm family has lost a great one. Mike Campbell, November 29, 2007 Suzanne I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Marion in the Florida Region. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Barbara E Smith, November 29, 2007 Marion will always hold a special place in our lives and hearts. He gave us a wonderful opportunity in life and believed we'd be successful at it. Marion and Suzanne will always hold a special place in our lives and memories. Suzanne and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lee and Linda Johnson Lee Johnson, November 29, 2007 May God give you His grace and comfort during this time of sorrow. I knew Marion from many years ago in Austin and even before that as a follow SF associate. I will remember him always as a fine gentleman and a credit to the State Farm organization! Bob Holt, November 29, 2007 I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I have very special memories of our times together with your family and mine when Marion was Daddy's manager. I'm Bill Sellers' daughter. My sincere sympathy. Sheri Sellers Brooks, November 29, 2007 We are life-long friends of Gordon and Betty Hamilton. I grew up with Karen in Austin and my husband and I both work at State Farm. Gordon always spoke highly of Marion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sharon Davis, November 29, 2007