Pamela R. Black

Published 9:14 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Pamela Renee Black, of Washington, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 21, 2018. She died peacefully at home with her loving family by her side.

Pam has bravely and courageously fought cancer for the past three years. Surviving is her husband, Douglas Allen Black, and their two children, Hannah Renee Black, age 12, and Haley Marie Black, age 7. Pam and Doug were married at Beaver Dam Church of Christ on Dec. 6, 1997, and just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Pam met Doug while working at Weyerhaeuser. They were married eight years before having children. They both had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, boating and the love for the beach. They made their home at Douglas Crossroads. When their two little girls were born, both devoted their time towards their happiness as a family. Pam lived for those girls and they have been taught by both Pam and Doug to live their life for Christ. They are both perfect examples of the love that Pam and Doug have shared.

Also surviving are her parents, (maternal) Jerry and Gail Cornwell, of Williamston, and her brother, Daryl O’Neal and wife Ashley, and nephews, Liam and Rylan Paul, and niece, River O’Neal, of Williamston; (Paternal) Don O’Neal, of Williamston, and wife Cathy; her mother in-law, Barbara Black, of Washington; brother and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Reatta Black, of Pantego, and Anita and Jim Woolard, of Pinetown; nephews, Cedric and Jesse; two nieces, Chloe Black and Amelia Woolard; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Born Oct. 14, 1971, in Rantoul, Illinois, Pam was a resident of Williamston since 1975. She attended Williamston High School and graduated in 1989. She was active in many clubs and was a member of Williamston High School’s band and majorette squad. After high school graduation, Pam attended NCSU School of Life Sciences. While attending NCSU, Pam was very active in many organizations which included the NCSU marching band, captain of flag team and president of the music fraternity “Mu Beta Psi.” She played the clarinet in State’s Symphonic Band. Pam also had the pleasure of being NC State’s mascot “Miss Wuf,” which she dearly loved. She was the Lady Wuf in 1993 at the reunion of the 1983 NCSU basketball team that won the NCAA National Championship where the former Coach Jim Valvano received the “Cinderella Slipper” and gave his “Don’t Ever Give Up Speech” at Reynolds Coliseum. Coach V has been an inspiration to Pam during her own battle with cancer. His speech “Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up.” has been an inspiring quote that she has lived by for the past three years.

Upon graduating from NC State, Pam was employed with Weyerhaeuser’s Tree Growing Company at the Washington nursery and worked for Weyerhaeuser for 18 years as nursery sales manager. She left employment with Weyerhaeuser to be a fulltime mom to their two girls in 2010.

One of Pam’s passions was exercise and working out. Pam has been an active member of Fitness Unlimited of Washington for several years. She has enjoyed working out daily with her many friends. She has participated in many activities there, but her love has been with the Pink Gloves boxing group. Pam was a member of the First Church of Christ, where she was baptized in 2016. Her love for Jesus Christ has given Pam and her family strength, and they will continue to “Rest In HIS Presence.” He is our comforter and salvation.

A celebration of Pam’s life will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at First Church of Christ, Washington, with Mark Lilley officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. before the service at the church. A private burial will be held at Hillside Memorial Cemetery, Plymouth, with the following serving as pallbearers: Jason Askew, John Brothers, Scott Brothers, Bill Woolard, Wayne Black and Jim Woolard. Honorary pallbearers are Cedric Black, Jesse Black and Timmy Woolard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, 600 Moye Blvd, Greenville, NC 27834. The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Walker and Dr. Mark Bowling and the entire staff of the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center for their amazing care that has been given to Pam for the last three years and also Asera Care Hospice of Winterville, for their care of Pam. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for all the thoughts and prayers and acts of kindness during this sad time. Pam’s reward is in Heaven. We will rejoice knowing she is with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Sincerest love and appreciation, Doug, Hannah, Hailey and all her family.

Hillside Funeral Service & Cremations, 4500 U.S. Highway 264 East, Washington, has been given the honor of being entrusted with serving the Black family.