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Minnie Echols Black, age 96 of Atlanta, died Sunday, January 13, 2013. She worked many years as an executive secretary at Mutual Life Insurance Co. as well as working with her husband in the estate furniture and appraisal business. After her husband's death in 1970, she took driving lessons and began attending Georgia State University achieving her PhD. In the winter 2008 alumni magazine for Georgia State, Mrs. Black was recognized as receiving more diplomas than any other alumni. She was member for many years at First Baptist Church of Atlanta, and at the time of her death was as member of Second - Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Riddick Black, her parents William Arthur and Minnie Tolbert Echols, and her brothers, John Echols, Charles Echols, and sisters, Sarah Echols Bush, and Frances Echols. Mrs. Black is survived by nieces and nephews, Linda Sue Bush Houze (Ronald), Dameron Black III (Jane), Kitty Black Diefenbach (Kurt), Charles William Echols Jr. (Susan), Sandra Echols Crane, Arthur Echols (Susan), James Monroe Black, William Riddick Black, Janice Black Jones (Lee), and several great and great-great nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Mrs. Black will be Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Eleven O'clock in the morning in the Swilley Chapel of the Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church with interment to follow at Westview Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences may be made at www.hmpattersonspringhill.com .

 Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 15, 2013


Minnie has been a member of the Georgia Golden Girls from the very beginning in 1995.  This is a group of retired Business, Home Ec. and Computer Teachers who get together once a month for a luncheon.  Most of our members are from DeKalb County.  Minnie's presence was always inspiring.  She was a great lady and a great teacher for many years.

Below are a few of our many wonderful memories of Minnie. . . These are from our Golden Girls website, www.GeorgiaGoldenGirls.org


Minnie Black's Big Birthday Bash - May 16, 2006
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Above: Minnie enjoys
her bouquet of yellow

Actual birthday - May 31

Minnie looks at photos
of the Golden girls in
her new gift
flip album


Read Minnie's Thank-You Note



Fifteen Golden Girls gathered together at the Steak and Ale in Tucker on May 16, 2006, to wish out #1 Golden Girl, Minnie Black, a Happy 90th birthday. Joining in the gala luncheon/party were:

Edith Nash, Roberta Middlebrooks, Sue Moore, Jane Richardson, Mabel Wallace, Nell Foster, Emily Temple, Jean Donohoe, Frances Bowen, Agnes Nelson, Kay Fulmer, Jean Kammerer, Martha McCullough and Bettye Chambers.

On behalf of all the Golden Girls Jean Donohoe presented Minnie with a beautiful long scarf -- Kay Fulmer gave her a beautiful bouquet of yellow roses, and Bettye Chambers presented her with a flip album with a brushed silver cover which said "Minnie's Memories -- our #1 Star Teacher from the Golden Girls -- HAPPY 90th! " Inside the album were some group photos of the Golden Girls at various luncheon gatherings. She was also presented a printout of the Members page of our web site listing all of the Golden Girls with a small photo of each. Minnie is an avid Republican, and Bettye presented her with a photo taken recently at the Tea at the White House with First Lady Laura Bush.






Left: Jean Donohoe and Frances Bowen helped Minnie load her gifts into the car for their trip home. Frances and Jean picked Minnie up at her house and chauffeured her to the luncheon/party. This event was definitely one of the high moments in Golden Girls luncheons! Minnie really seemed to enjoy the occasion.


Golden Girls at Chateau Elan - December 2007



- Minnie is in green dress - row 2 - surrounded by her retired teacher friends.


Golden Girls at Bahama Breeze in Duluth - June 2007
below: Minnie Black with Berna Spencer




Golden Girls Luncheon December 2006 at Faded Rose Tearoom
Minnie is 4th person in row one




May 2007 -- Agnes Nelson and Minnie at Steak and Ale in Tucker


Farewell to our dear friend and colleague until
we meet again in a better place in heaven.


Revelation 21:4.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.


Georgia Golden Girls
Retired High School Teachers

Page and photos by
Bettye Chambers
GA Golden Girl