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April 17, 2014

Francis Eugene ‘Geno’ Black

April 14, 1951 - April 12, 2014

Francis Eugene “Geno” Black, was born April 14, 1951, and departed this life on April 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother, Guylalia Frances Collier, father, William “Bill” Black, and stepfather, Elliott “Buddy” Collier; stepsisters, Carolyn and Rosalee Collier; and stepbrothers, Elliott and Roosevelt Collier.

Eugene loved to sing more than anything. “Geno” was an acquired nickname given to him during his music career by his colleagues and band members. He was gifted with a beautiful tenor voice and sang with many local bands in Terre Haute. Geno had an extremely funny sense of humor and you always knew when he was around laughing. He attended Sarah Scott Junior High and attended Wiley High School.

He was employed at Columbia House for more than 20 years and General Housewares. Gene will be missed by us because he was a fun-loving person who loved life.

He is survived by his children, Sheri Williams. Brian Hatfield, Craig Black, France Black, Brandy (Nicky) Black, KaNedra Hunt and Bradley Calloway; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Inell Reed (Thomas), Marie Abraham (James), Lisa Perry and Vanessa Collier; brothers, Stanley Williams and Tyrone Collier; stepsisters, Celane Collier and Elizabeth Boga (Thomas); stepbrothers, Leo, Lamar, Marcellus, Eldredge Collier and special brother, Alvin “Bo” Watkins.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Memorial United Methodist Church, 2701 E. Poplar St., with the Rev. T. Michael Russell officiating. There will be a video tribute from 10 a.m. until services. Russell Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

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