Billy Ray Black

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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.

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