Gerald Black, Pleasanton Express news editor from 1993 until 2012, passed away on Saturday, November 23, due to heart complications.
Black came to the Express in July 1993 taking over as news writer-editor for then retiring Christelle Troell. He was born to Raymond and Corinne Black on March 30, 1946 in San Antonio. He was raised in Kingsville and was also the grandson of early settlers of Jourdanton, Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. (Thekla) Black.
He began his journalism career while still in college working for the radio station, newspaper, yearbook as well as staff photographer. He carried out those duties while enlisted in the Navy. He was stationed in New Orleans, Memphis, Atlanta and three bases in California. He retired after 27 years to his native Texas.
Black covered the whole county and law enforcement news, wrote feature articles and was a photographer, winning several awards during his career at the Express. Known for his humor around the office, Gerald often had co-workers laughing and rolling their eyes at his jokes. He retired in 2012.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Glenna “G.G.” Black, his two daughters Rachelle and her husband Rodolfo Garcia and Denise and her husband Joseph Cipollini, brothers William Black, Kenneth Black, granddaughter Kala Papke, great grandson Matthew Thomas Delgadillo and numerous nieces and nephews.
Committal services and interment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Friday, November 29 at 9 a.m. in San Antonio.