Edgar Black, Jr.

Edgar Black, Jr.

Edgar Clarence Black, Jr., 91, of Lockhart passed away June 2, 2017 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

Edgar was born on Nov. 3, 1925 in Delhi, Texas to Edgar Black, Sr. and Myrtle Baldwin Black

. The family moved to Lockhart in 1932 to open a grocery store and meat market that came to be known as Black”s Barbecue. After graduating from Lockhart High School in 1943, Edgar attended Texas A&M in College Station. He soon volunteered for the Navy and served four years in the United States Navy during World War II.

After the war he returned to Lockhart to marry the love of his life, Norma Jean Nolte on June 20, 1948. The couple moved to College Station to complete his college degree in accounting. After graduation Edgar turned down a job with Exxon in Houston to return and manage the family businesses in Lockhart.

For 60 years Edgar and Norma Jean successfully grew the family businesses, Black”s Barbecue, Northside Grocery and Market and the Lockhart Sausage Company.

His Lockhart Style Hot Sausage was served to President Johnson at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Today, Black”s Barbecue is entering its 85th year with five generations of family members working in the business.

During his sixty years of business, Edgar and Norma Jean, were very proud to have been the first business in Lockhart to integrate their restaurant and hire minority employees. They believed that everyone deserved a chance regardless of their race. He was one of the leaders in the integration of the Lockhart Schools, Little League, and Lockhart State Park. He was most proud to give someone their first job and then see them go off to college and have a successful career.

Edgar was very active in the Lockhart community serving as president of the Chamber and Kiwanis Club, Chairman of the First United Methodist Church Administrative Board and coach and officer of the Lockhart Little League.

He was one of the founders of the Lockhart Homecoming which developed into the current day Chisholm Trail RoundUp.

Edgar is survived by his wife of 69 years, Norma Jean Black, of Lockhart; two children, Kent Black and his wife, Candice Black, of Austin, and Terry Black and his wife, Patti Black, of Lockhart; sister, Jenny May LaPoint; six grandchildren: Eric Lenderman, Kara Anthony and her husband, Adam, Barrett Black and wife, Becky, Christina Black, Michael Black and Mark Black; great-grandchilren: Jake Wallace Lenderman, Katelyn Anne Lenderman, Aidan Clarence Anthony, Cason Roy Anthony, Nolan Jean Anthony, and Barrett and Becky are expecting great-grandchild number six.

He was predeceased by his sister, Francis Livengood and stepmother, Scottie Black.

The family expresses its thanks and gratitude to the friends and care-givers for their loving support. We are especially grateful to Stephanie, Betsy, Patricia and Angela for their love and support.

Services were scheduled on Tuesday, June 6 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 313 W. San Antonio St., in Lockhart followed by a catered Black”s BBQ meal at the church. A burial will take place at the Lockhart Cemetery. Donations or Memorials may be made to the First Lockhart Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements with McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan St., Lockhart, Texas 78644, (512) 398-4791.

5 Comments

  1. Mr. Black and his Daddy were two of my favorite people and I knew the entire family. They were special people in my life. Mr. Black, Jr. asked me to come work at Northside in the office one month after I turned 16 yrs. old. Everything that I learned during the two years I worked there have been building blocks for every job I have had since then. I was so blessed to know Mr. Black and the family. My kids all know about Black’s BBQ and when they come home to see us, we always try to work a trip in to have a meal there. The Black family will always be a part of my family and most treasured memories. Love and God’s blessings to you all. Collene

  2. Steve Ludwig says:

    Rest in Peace Mr. Black.

    You leave a great legacy.

    My Dad brought me to Black’s BBQ for the first time in 1958 when I was three years old. When ordering brisket and sausage from Mr. Black my Dad pointed at Mr. Black and said, “This gentlemen cooks the best BBQ in Texas” and Mr. Black smiled.

    My Dad was right and I have been eating brisket and sausage there ever since. I came to know Mr. Black as also a very fine person as everyone else in Lockhart knows very well. that knew him. Thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.

  3. Katy Sanchez says:

    My condolences to Terry & Patty your dad was a sweet kind man, I remember when my brother Robert was in his Little League Team occasionally my Father Zeke Sanchez Sr. would help out during the games. You were so blessed to have him so long again May he rest in Peace. Also, I remember those early mornings going with my Father grocery shopping to your Northside Grocery Market. Those good old days boy do I miss them. Love Katy

  4. Colonel Jon D. Kindred says:

    Mr. Black made the best BBQ in Texas….he was a true Texas treasure…..the brisket in Heaven just got better.

  5. Kelly Carey Ott says:

    This man was not just a legend in the BBQ world, but he loved Jesus and loved people. Even a lanky little girl that could hardly see over the glass but wanted every side behind it! I remember my great aunt checking groceries at Northside. She worked in both places. He will truly be missed!

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