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Staton Adolph Black

Male 1910 - 2011  (101 years)

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  • Name Staton Adolph Black 
    Nickname S.A. 
    Born Jan 10, 1910  Van Zandt county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Mar 11, 2011  Tyler, Smith county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Obituary:
      Services for S. A. Sam Black, 101, of Tyler are scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Lloyd James Funeral Chapel in Tyler, with Pastors Marty Strait and Randy Foret officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Memorial Park under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.
      Mr. Black came back home to East Texas in 1961. He was born Staton Adolph Black to Walter and Caroline Black of Martins Mill on Jan. 30, 1910. His brothers, Norman and J. W. and sister, Etolia Willis and grandson Mike Haase have preceded him in death.
      Sam attended Texas Tech in Lubbock. Soon afterward he married Alma Ruth Mannan from Fredrick, Okla. They settled in Alice, and opened a business in 1944 that evolved into Black's Furniture Store. He was a member of the Optimist Club in Alice, and they were members of the First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school. They had two daughters, Phyllis Carol and Lynda Kay. After their school years, Sam decided to move back to east Texas, and settled down in Tyler.
      Whataburger was beginning to grow, and in 1963, Sam opened the first Whataburger in east Texas in Tyler on Beckham.
      The next one opened in Longview on Spur 63, and later he opened one on Gentry Parkway in Tyler. Kilgore was the last Whataburger he built.
      Sam loved working with the kids he employed. He was always ready to give a helping hand to his employees and friends. Sam wanted the best meat he could serve, and opened TyTex Meat Co. behind the Beckham unit. Later he sold the Whataburgers to his two daughters and sons-in-law.
      During this time he entered into several other businesses. He put the waterslide in Tyler. The Tara Dinner House on Highway 69 North was opened around 1979. Sam said he had always wanted a fine dining restaurant that served an excellent steak in a first class establishment. He found an old colonial house, and that decided it. He added a large room on the back that served as the dining room and kitchen, and the rest was history.
      His love of interacting with people, serving up superb steaks and delicious food excited him. Early on, he brought Emeril Lagasse to the Tara House as a guest chef. He did not take delight, however, in the daily care and maintenance it took to continue the excellence in service he insisted on.
      His love of selling furniture slowly won out, and he gave his full attention to Sam's Office Furniture located on the Old Henderson Highway, which he opened in 1975. He sold Sam's at the age of 86, and retired. Sam Black loved life, and used every minute God gave him to the fullest.
      His beloved wife Ruth lived to age 90, and preceded Sam in going home to meet her Lord in 2002. Sam lived a full life, and went home on March 10, 2011 at the age of 101.
      Sam is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kay and R. C. Dunnam of Tyler and Phyllis and Roy Haase of Longview; grandchildren, Larry and David Lott of Tyler and Lynda and Jody Fish and their children Caroline (Callie) and Sarah of Plano.
    Person ID I207832  mykindred
    Last Modified Apr 16, 2018 

    Family Alma Ruth Mannon,   b. Jan 02, 1912, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 02, 2002, Tyler, Smith county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married Dec 19, 1931  Frederick, Tillman county, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Married by Baptist minister H.W. STIGLER; witnesses: Dr. E.D. MANNON of Frederick and D.F. MANNAN of Oklahoma City.  (E.D. Mannon would be Ruth's mother and D.F. Mannon her older brother.)
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    Family ID F70362  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart