Stow Allen Black of Miami died Friday, June, 29, 2007, at his home following an illness. He was 61.

Mr. Black was born Feb. 15, 1946, in Alba, Mo., to James Black and Eileen (Stow) Hayes. His mother survives, of Miami.

He had lived in Miami for the past two years, having moved from Norman. He worked as a carpenter before entering college in 1993.

He graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College with an associate's degree and obtained a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University. He then earned a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma in human relations and pastoral counseling. He also graduated from the Dallas, Texas, Barber College.

Mr. Black was a member of the True Life Assembly of God Church in Durant.

After moving to Miami, he volunteered with a local hospice group.

Additional survivors include two sons, Patrick Black and his wife Crissy of Trauese City, Mi., and Joseph Reece of Bernice, and two sisters, Patti Garrett and her husband Jack of Bartlesville and Gayleen Squirrel and her husband James of Miami.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at New Hope Christian Church in Miami. Dr. Tim Davidson and pastor Bill Richey will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

At Mr. Black's request, his body has been donated to the Oklahoma State University Medical School.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.