“Home is the sailor, home from the sea.”

George Eli Black, LCDR USN (retired) EOD, sailed beyond the sunset at his Bremerton, Wash., home on March 19, 2014, at the age of 85.

“Home is the sailor, home from the sea.”

George Eli Black, LCDR USN (retired) EOD, sailed beyond the sunset at his Bremerton, Wash., home on March 19, 2014, at the age of 85.

Born and raised in Hannibal, Mo., he was the son of the late Lucy Bonebrake Black Brothers and Roy Black.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Mary J. Black, in 2006, and his brother, Marvin E. Brothers, in 1992.

In 25 years of Naval service (1945-1970), George advanced from seaman recruit to lieutenant commander. Of these years spent traversing the globe, 23 placed him either shipboard or on foreign soil; while Mary kept the family homestead fires burning, awaiting his return.

He advanced to the 32nd degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry and was a Southern Baptist.

Left to honor George and remember his love and integrity are his sisters, Nancy Willing (Kenneth) of New London, Mo., and Vivian Phillips of Hannibal, Mo.; sons, Mark Black (Debbie Harding), Bruce Black (Patricia K.); and daughter, Pam Black-Ehrhardt (Bill Ehrhardt), as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and many friends.

Graveside services will full military honors will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Wash., at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 7.