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1011 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone: (864) 242-1144
Fax: (864) 232-4636
Ethel Black

Ethel Mae "Miss Sis " Black

Wednesday November 12, 1924 - Thursday March 21, 2019
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The sun rose on the life of Ethel Mae Oliver Black, better known to many as “Sis”. She was born in Pickens County to the late Frank and Ella Oliver. On the afternoon of Thursday, March 21, 2019, the sun set on the long life of this strong lady, our beloved “Sis” at her home in Greenville, South Carolina at ninety-four years young she has deservingly taken her rightful place of rest with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Sis” was united in marriage to the late Joe Henry Black, who predeceased her in the mid 1960S, through this union they had six children; Betty Lee, who preceded her in death, Sandra Yvonne, Mary Francis, William Joe and Michael, who preceded her in death and Joseph A.

“Sis” was employed as a domestic for many years until her retirement. She was a member of Redemption World Outreach.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Henry Black; and a grand-daughter, Felicia Nicole Williams.

“Sis” was best known by her strength, her resilience, her sense of humor, and unbridled candor with her own feistiness and speaking her mind.

She leaves to cherish fond memories of her love, her wisdom, infectious smile and boisterous laughter, two daughters, Sandra (BF) Blassingame of Easley, SC, and Mary (James) Williams of Greenville, SC; one son, Joseph (Charlene) Black of Greenville, SC; a daughter-in-law, Ann Black of Easley, SC; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Fannie Mae Cureton of Charlotte, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends.

“Sis” will surely be missed by all who loved her and had the pleasure of her acquaintance over these many years.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday March 30, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday March 30, 2019 1:00pm
    Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary
    1011 Augusta Street
    GREENVILLE, SC 29605
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  • Interment

    Resthaven Memorial Gardens
    1655 Piedmont Hwy
    PIEDMONT, SC 29673
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Posted at 10:13am
Our family want to express our condolences to the family and friends. When a Loved one falls asleep in death we naturally are saddened however we can draw comfort from the scripture found in Gods word the Bible where we read that in the future those who are sleeping in the grave will be awaken. (John 5:28-29 ) Until then please reflect on the memories that you hold dear. Again sorry for the loss


Posted at 05:59am
I am sorry for your loss. May God’s promise of a resurrection bring you comfort and hope during this difficult time. John 5:28, 29

Vernell Batts

Posted at 12:42pm
My condolene to the family of Mrs. Black. when we lose our loved ones we need comfort and the bible offer that comfort along with a hope Acts;24:15. may you also find comfort in knowing that your loved one is resting in the limitless memory of Jehovah Psalms 147:4. .


Posted at 05:26pm
Dear Black Family, I am so sorry for your loss. When we lose a love one in death it is never easy. During this difficult time may your family find comfort in Gods word the Bible that soon we will see our love ones again. -John 5:28,29

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