Samuel Norman Black, 91, of Scotland, passed away on Thursday, July 19, at home. He was born Dec. 31, 1926, in Mansfield. Samuel was the son of the late Elmer T. and Bessie Black. Sam was an employee of John Deere for 37 years prior to his retirement and attended the Walnut Grove Community Church. He loved dirt farming and growing vegetables, most of which he gifted to those he knew. Sam loved to tell stories of his younger years growing up in Arkansas and rarely forgot the name of anyone he met. He proudly served in the Air Force during World War II.

Survivors include two sons, Garry (wife Barbara) of Greensboro, N.C., Larry (wife Karen) of Morrilton; one brother Francis (Bud) Black of Hampton, Ill.; and one sister, Betty Randall of Rock Island, Ill. He was a proud grandfather to 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura “Geneva” (Lowrance) Black; brothers Truman, Bill, Walter, Freeman, Roland, James, Jessie; one sister, Elizabeth (Lucy); two sons, Tommy and Donald; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Jill (JJ).

Serving as pallbearers are Adam Black, Aaron Black, Sam Black, Scott Black, Matt Damewood, and Darrell Black.

Services were held 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at the Lighthouse Church in Scotland with Pastors Larry Black and Darrell Black officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to service at the church.

Burial followed at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Scotland.

Arrangements entrusted to Clinton Funeral Service. To sign Samuel Black’s Book of Memories, please go to