Ruth H. Black

December 3, 1926 ~ January 2, 2022 (age 95) 95 Years Old


Funeral Service will  be held 1:00 pm Friday, January 14, 2022 at Chappelle Memorial. Interment will follow at Gates of Heaven Cemetery. A public wake service will be Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at JP Holley Garners Ferry Road SE Chapel.

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Ruth H Black

Ruth H. Black, was born in Lane, SC, Williamsburg County to (mother) Theo Harvin and (father) David Harvin. She was married to the late Rev. Carl C. Black Sr. She was a mother to five children, grandmother to seven grandchildren, seventeen great  grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. She was a 1950 graduate of Allen University. After graduating college, she was an educator who taught at Hopkins High School. In 1968 she became the first teacher of color to integrate the Columbia High School faculty. She was also an instructor at Allen University after she retired from Richland One School District. She touched hundreds of students' lives as an English teacher and mentor whether in or out of the classroom. She was distinguished with many awards, and adored by many for the impact she made in her community. A few of her most distinguished accolades include, being crowned Mrs. Allen University 2014, Richland One Hall of Fame honoree, and awarded Mother of the Year 1978 at Chappelle Memorial A.M.E. Church where she was a member for over 60 years. At Chappelle, Mrs. Black began her Christian walk at an early age in Lane, South Carolina at Greater Jerusalem AME Church. In adulthood as a Christian woman , Mrs. Black steadfastly worked in God’s vineyard as a living witness and an ambassador for Christ by serving at Chapelle memorial AME Church for 60 years she loves her church congregation and was a dedicated member of the students for Sunday school, Class Leader and member of the  Missionary Society Mrs. Black also served as the local president of the women’s missionary Society for eight years. She  she represented the seventh episcopal District of the non-governmental organization for eight years and attended the annual meetings in New York City at the United Nations building Mrs. Black was a life member of the women’s missionary Society. The legacy she leaves behind will continue to live on. On  behalf of her family, friends, and loved ones, she will be sincerely missed by her friends and family.

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January 13, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JP Holley Garners Ferry Road Southeast Chapel
8132 Garners Ferry Rd.
Columbia, SC 29209

Funeral Service
January 14, 2022

1:00 PM
Chappelle Memorial

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
January 14, 2022

Gates of Heaven Cemetery
1178 Heyward Brockington Road
Columbia, SC 29203


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