This man owned many nicknames, the two main ones being Tuck and Blackie. A WWII veteran, Claude Edward Black is this week’s Etched In Stone soldier. A father, he chose to go off to war, enlisting at Ft. Ben on November 17, 1942 and separating at Camp Atterbury over three years later on January 17, 1946. He had the usual immunizations of smallpox, typhus and tetanus and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre as well as the Phillipines. He received the WWII Victory Medal as well as one for Good Conduct. At 5’5” and 145# he had brown eyes, brown hair and two dependents when he went off to war in Battery C, the 233rd.
He had several jobs, including a farm laborer, RR Donnelley, State Highway and the Journal-Review, but mainly did construction work at the Old Brick Yard, and with Blackfords and Carroll Conner.
Active in the VFW and American Legion, he married Katherine Billingsley July 31, 1970, having been married previously. Together there were several children. At the time of his death there were eight children; 30 grands; 59 great grands and one great great grandchild. He was the son of Elmer and Cerelda Iles Black and grew-up in the Darlington area with two brothers (Ernest and Charles) and two sisters (Eleanor and Lucille) with him as the middle child.
Born May 6, 1919 on Rt. 6 of Crawfordsville, Dr. Thomas Cooksey was his attending physician at birth. He passed away at St. Clare the day after Christmas at 11:17 in the morning in 2004, his home being 302 West North Street. Hunt and Son was in charge of the funeral and he is buried in Oak Hill South, now with a newly erected government stone thanks to Kim Hancock and Suzy Petrey. Rest In Peace dear man!

Over the coming weeks and months I will write these columns highlighting each new stone. Karen Zach is the editor of Montgomery Memories, our monthly magazine all about Montgomery County. And she writes Around the County, which appears each Thursday in The Paper of Montgomery County. One by One: Etched in Stone is her latest offering and will appear periodically on Mondays in The Paper.