Frank Charles Black, Jr. passed away in Hudson on Dec. 12. He was born in Paducah, KY, April 7, 1927. While married to Eleanor Mae Van Tuyle, they had seven children before she died in 1972. He married Lana Marie Brown in 1986; she was his partner in every endeavor and his faithful caretaker during his final days. Frank served in WWII, graduated from the Univ. of Louisville on the GI Bill, and taught high school English and Language Arts for nearly 40 years in KY and at Clearwater High in Pinellas County. Living with his family on farms in KY and FL, Frank raised dairy cows, vegetable gardens, and planted 2,000 cedar trees annually. He was above all a teacher and believed that creating or building was what one must do. Over the course of 50 years, he designed and built eight homes, over a dozen garages, barns, and other structures using primarily his own labor and that of his children who were old enough to help. He instilled his work ethic in each of his children: Virginia Cochran, Leslie Hibbs, and Elicia Nystrom, Hudson; Van Black, Dunedin; Teresa Rotunda, New Port Richey; Reed Black, Vienna, VA; and Roberta Gutierrez, San Rafael, CA; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.