Billy Ray Black, 72, resident of Payson, died May 14, 2003. He was born May 23, 1930.
Mr. Black served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1947-1951 as an aviation mechanic, receiving a Good Conduct Medal.
In 1951, he joined the Norton Air Force Base Fire Department as a firefighter, and retired in 1979 as Chief. Billy belonged to the Moose Lodge, American Legion, Eagles and Elks.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Martha Mary; three sons: Christopher, Richard and Michael; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Fred and Jack, and one stepdaughter, Cheryl.
His daughter, Barbara preceded him in death in 1999.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.
Mr. Black's body was donated to Science Care Anatomical for medical research.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.