We gather today to give God thanks for the life of Joann Parker Black. In the Christian tradition every death finds its meaning in the resurrection. Therefore, our service today is one of thanksgiving. Joann Parker Black was born January 15, 1946, in Birmingham Alabama to Isaiah and Gertrude Carter Parker. She was the second of four children. She was raised by her loving Aunt and Uncle Claude and Pinkie Carter Goodlow. She later married Timothy Ray Black. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Anthony Johnson whom she adored, her grandson DeAnthony Johnson and her brothers Isaiah, Horace, Jr., Marvin, and sister Mary Ann.
Joann graduated from Parker High School and worked a variety of jobs. Due to her love for people especially older adults she spent the majority of her working years in healthcare and caregiving. She joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church under Pastor Leo Dawson and later joined 6th Street Peace Baptist Church under Pastor Geroid E. Caldwell where she served in the choir ministry. She later returned to Mt. Zion to be with family. She was a faithful member for several years and served as a member of the Senior’s Ministry until she became ill. She enjoyed reading, listening to music, cooking, and watching old movies. She also had a special love for babies and children and nurtured Phillip Black from childhood into adulthood.
She was ill for two years receiving excellent care provided by Melody Black and Bannister Young.
She leaves to cherish her memories: Daughter-in-law Sylvia Ann Johnson, granddaughter Chiquilla Johnson, great granddaughter Naquilla Johnson, four nieces Phyllis Coleman, Pennie Coleman, Eunice Coleman-Ford and Trudy Foster-Booker, two sisters-in-law Melody Black and Faye Parker, a special friend, Bannister Young, nephews Phillip Black of Birmingham, AL, Derrick Parker and Corey (Celebrity) Parker, Atlanta, GA, first cousins Joan Cranford, Atlanta, GA and Linda Griffin, Opelika, AL, brother & sister-in law - Landers (Elizabeth) Black and best friend Emma Jean Eford all of Birmingham, AL.
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