Honoring the Contributions of Gerald Blackby Representative Henry Cuellar
Posted on 2014-01-07
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Mr. CUELLAR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the contributions of
the late Gerald Black, former Pleasanton Express news editor and United
States Navy veteran. Mr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years and
contributed to the community through his distinguished career as a
writer and as an editor for 19 years in Pleasanton, Texas.
Mr. Black was born on March 30, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas and passed away due to heart complications on November 23, 2013. His accomplished career as a news editor stemmed from his humble beginnings. His childhood was spent in Kingsville, Texas with his parents Raymond Elmer and Corrine Byrne. Mr. Black was described as a big hearted, gentle loving, hard worker. This reflected during his college years where he held several jobs for the local radio station, college newspaper, as well as a staff photographer. Soon after, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he was stationed in New Orleans, Memphis, Atlanta and California. Throughout his time in the Navy, Mr. Black continued his work in journalism. Finally, in July 1993, Mr. Black came to the Pleasanton Express where he wrote feature articles and was a photographer covering county and law enforcement news. His work for Pleasanton Express would lead him to win several awards throughout his career.
His efforts were helpful to many, including the Atascosa Water Watchers, where he would often attend Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District meetings. As a result of his continued support of the Atascosa water preservation efforts in the local newspaper, he was nicknamed ``Mr. Neptune''. Finally in 2012, he retired after nearly two decades of work in journalism.
Mr. Speaker, I am honored to have had this time to recognize the late Gerald Wayne Black, former Pleasanton Express news editor, on his career and community involvement. He has contributed his time, knowledge and efforts to journalism, our country, and serving his community.