Geraldine Hale Black, formerly of Hannibal, Missouri, made her transition to Heaven on March 18, 2013.
Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Lindell Robbins will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
She was born on June 19, 1921, to Elijah and Cordellia Julius Hale in Woodland, Missouri.
She was married to Ralph Black on September 20, 1940, in Monticello, Missouri. He preceded her in death August 15, 1998.
Geraldine was the youngest of 12 children: 6 brothers, 5 sisters and is survived by one sister, Thelma Daniel of East Saint Louis, IL, and one brother-in-law, Delbert (Beatrice) Black of Jacksonville, IL.
She is also survived by one son, Lester (Cheryl) Black of Urbana, IL; one daughter, Pastor Thelma Barnes of East Point, GA. She was grandmother (Granny) to: Richard W. Perkins (Mary Lou) of Cumberland, MA; Kathy L. Perkins Hill (Curtis Jr) of Roswell, GA; Karen Perkins-Brown  of Brandon, FL; Charles R. Black (Dawn) of Champaign, IL; Millie Jackson of Hannibal, MO; Cecilia Barnes of Atlanta, GA; Theodore Barnes of Atlanta, GA; Emily (Tom) Young of Florida, and Rebecca Jackson of Arizona. Granny had 37 great-grandchildren, 32 great-great-grandchildren, 5 nieces, 6 nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews. Catrinia Johnson of Carbondale, IL, who was like a daughter to her and a loving caregiver, Marcella Jameson of Atlanta, GA. along with a host of other relatives and friends.
Geraldine was a lifelong member of Allen Chapel AME (Hannibal, MO) and Bethel AME (Champaign/Urbana, IL) until her relocation to East Point, GA. After her relocation to East Point, GA, she worshiped with Dynamic Dove Ministries, which was pastored by her daughter, Pastor Thelma Barnes. Mrs. Black was an active working member and loved planning and being involved in special events.
Mrs. Black was a domestic worker for many years until she retired in 1965. She enjoyed cooking, singing, Gospel music and flowers.
Mrs. Black’s family would like to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Signature Healthcare of Buckhead in Atlanta, GA, where she resided for approximately three years. We will also like to say thank you to Bristol Hospice for brief, but outstanding attention shown to Mrs. Black and her family.
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