SPRINGFIELD – Thomas W. Otter Lake Bum Black, 61, of Springfield died at his home surrounded by his family and dear friend, Melissa Allison at 11:20 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2010.
He was born November 22, 1948, in his father’s cab on his mother’s birthday in Springfield, IL, the son of Russell Leon and Helen Bernice Lemons Black. He married Mary Louise Wezee Arnold on May 2, 1970.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Black of Springfield; his daughter, Melissa (Dino) Carlino of Springfield; his son, Jeffrey Thomas (Melissa) Black of Buffalo; his favorite grandson, Blake Thomas Carlino; and his dog-ger, Ms. Camper. He is also survived by his half-brother, Russell (Sherry) Clay; his half-sister, Barbara Ann Bartnick; his sister-in-law, Lillian Arnold; and sister, Sandra McConnell all of Springfield; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandmother, Opal White Lemons; brother-in-law, George R. Arnold Sr.; half-brother, Jesse Blair Sr.; and brother-in-law, Don A. McConnell Sr.
Tom worked for Kroger until 1984, then worked for and retired from Illinois Department of Military Affairs at Camp Lincoln after 20 years. Tom was a decorated soldier of the United States Marine Corps serving in Vietnam from 1968-1969. He also served 15 years in the Illinois National Guard at Camp Lincoln.
He attended Lanphier High School and Lincoln Land Community College. Tom was a member of Otter Lake Westsiders, Eagles Aerie 437, former member of the Northenders VFW, Kool Kruisers, and Route 66 Cruisers Car Clubs. He became an avid crappie fisherman after hooking up with Sonny McGlaughlin. He attended West Side Christian Church.
The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life at the Eagles Club, 2700 E. Ash, on Tuesday, April 20, from 5-9 p.m. Graveside services will be Wednesday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. at Camp Butler National Cemetery, with Vaughn Beeman officiating, and military services provided by the Illinois Army National Guard and Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.
Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.
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