Shirley Ann James Black

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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Mrs. Shirley Ann James Black, 73, of Harrow Lane, Mocksville, died Sunday, March 12, 2023, at her home, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She was born on June 30, 1949, in Blair County, Pa. to the late Jesse Willard and Audrey Lucille Chambers James.

Mrs. Black was a member of the Prescott Rodeo in Arizona, where she served as Chairman of the Board. She was a highly respected employee of the Prescott Veterans Administration. She enjoyed shopping for antiques, loved festivals and craft shows, and also enjoyed horseback riding. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids and she always enjoyed holidays and family vacations.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse James, Jr.

Survivors include: her husband of 55 years, Carl Ross Black; 2 children, Dean Richard Black of Mocksville and Kimberly Black Kerns (Todd Walker) of Mocksville; 3 grandchildren, Haley Lynn Black, Cameron James Kerns (Autumn Pitlick), and Ryan Ross Kerns; her siblings, Joyce Carol Dougal (Ron) of Arizona, Sheldon James (Helen) of Michigan, Sara Kelley (Jim) of Michigan, Ellie Pucciarella (Rick) of Pennsylvania, and Nancy Mead (Brian) of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no local services. Funeral arrangements are in the care of E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home in Altoona, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.

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