Paul Edwin Black was born February 16, 1923 a twin of John Edward Black to William Roy and Annie (Coulter) Black in New Castle, PA. John Edward died in October 1923. Paul graduated from New Castle High School in 1942 and enlisted in the US Army in 1943. He was part of the Army Air Corp and as a Staff Sergeant, was part of a bomber squadron on Saipan preparing for the invasion of Japan when it surrendered in 1945. During his military service, Paul was convinced that Christian Ministry was the best way to help people find peace with God, themselves and each other. He attended Eastern Nazarene College where he graduated with a degree in theology in 1950. In August 1947 he married Violette Elsey. He began pastoring at the Church of the Nazarene in Albion, PA and pastored in Ohio and Texas before retiring to South Dakota in 1985. He taught at Faith Bible School and volunteered at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital for many years. He attended Faith Missionary Church.
He is survived by three children: David Black, John (Glynda) Black, Roger (Vicki) Black and Nancy (Matthew) Hunter, nine grandchildren: Jennifer (Dan) Bollinger, Philip (Mary) Black, Amy Black, Julie (Chris) Grillo, Gary (Christina) Hunter, Carmen (Ezra) Hays, Ryan, Bradley and Brandon Hunter and fourteen great-grandchildren: Jocelyn, Dwayne, Claira, Maria, Levi, Shiloh, Micah, Austin, Kaden, Joseph, Flory, Emma, Landon and Brooklyn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Violette in 1990, his siblings: Robert, John, Lenora, Lucy, Martha and a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Hays.