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Robert M. W. Black
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REV. ROBERT BLACK DIES IN THE SOUTH
Former Brooklyn Rector to Have a Military Funeral at Arlington

BROOKLYN, New York, May 10, 1929 – The Rev. Robert M. W. Black, former rector of Zion Episcopal Church, Douglaston, Long Island, and St. Bartholomew’s Church, Brooklyn, died suddenly of heart disease in Beaumont, Texas, on Wednesday, the day he was to have left for New York after doing church work in the South.  He was the son of Colonel George R. Black of a leading Georgia family.

Although he had devoted his life to the ministry, there will be a military funeral in the National Cemetery at Arlington at Arlington, Virginia, at 2 P.M. tomorrow, as Mr. Black has been a member of the class of ’89 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, until his junior year, when he decided on a church career.

Born at Blackacres, Screven County, Georgia, in 1867, he attended the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, and later Oxford University and the Sorbonne, Paris, France.  Early in his ministry he was assistant in the principal Episcopal Church at Atlanta and was also city missionary.  For several years he was the rector of Emmanuel Church, Athena, Georgia, and later of the Vanderbilt Memorial Church, Biltmore, North Carolina.  In 1898 he was in charge of the American Chapel in Paris.

Subsequently he was archdeacon of Southern Florida and rector of Grace Church, Memphis, Tennessee, besides serving in Douglaston and Brooklyn.  He was a Mason and a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.


BLACK, ROBERT M W
MILITARY ACADEMY
DATE OF DEATH: 05/07/1929
BURIED AT: SECTION 7  SITE 8112
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted: 9 January 2008
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