Jim Black, the self taught, shade tree mechanical genius engineer left this worldly earth on May 28, 2021 at the Johnson City Medical Center and made his way to his forever home in Heaven after battling an illness since late February. He was able to come home and spend some time with his family within the past few months.
He was known by many as the famous and highly sought after heavy equipment operator in East TN and Western NC. He courageously took heavy equipment machines where most would never dare. Jim began developing Beech Mountain in the late 1960's after roads started to be constructed. He worked for a few years for the town of Beech Mountain before starting a heavy equipment operation business of his own with his son, Black and Son's Excavating. Jim's work ethic was highly regarded.
Jim was a humble, unique man with a heart of gold. He lived to work and to serve God. He found great joy in the simple things of life. He could have been a wealthy man, but he gave his money away. However, Jim was blessed with the wealthiest gift money can't buy, the grace of God and God granted him a talent that was astounding. He had a pure genuine love for God and his family. Jim was a member of Ivy Heights Freewill Baptist Church.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia May Vines Black and father, Zeno Black Sr. Along with Jim's wife, Mary Black, a brother, Jerry Black, sister, Stella and Charles Isaacs, along with life long friend, Barbara Black, a grandson, Robert Lowery Jr. and his beloved dog of many years, Booboo.
Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Tim Black and wife Mandy; his daughter, Teresa Lowery, Robert Greene and Lisa Benefield.; grandchildren: J.J. Black (Paw's little man), Harlee Black, Damian Black, Angela Lewis, April Lowery, Earl Greene, Sarah Greene, and Brittany Gray, Bridget Tehandon; his brother, Zeno and Teresa Black, Carolyn and JR Button, and Danny Black and his dependable work side kick Doug Jones. Jim is also survived by several great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the Black Family Cemetery on Bear Branch Road with Berry Shephard officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
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