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Obituary: Alvin E. Black, Brown County

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Alvin E. Black, 49, of Brown County, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013, at his home.

Alvin owned and operated Alvin's Hair Salon in Nashville where he had worked for 30 years. An animal lover, he liked to spend time with family and friends and going to flea markets and auctions. He had a great sense of humor.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Brown County Humane Society to help take care of the animals he loved so much.

Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to Alvin's family at

Born in Columbus, October 16, 1963, Alvin was the son of Joseph F. and Mary K. Ferguson Black.

Survivors include his father, Joseph F. Black of Morgantown; his longtime partner, Edward Schwering of Brown County; his mother-in-law, Barbara Schwering of Hope; a stepson, Nicholas Gastil of Nashville; a grandson, Ashton Gastil of Nashville; sisters, Kathy (Billie) Stringer of Nashville, Patty Hatchet of Nashville, Debbie Burton of Columbus, Velva (Kenny) Cheek of Nashville and Tammy (Brian) Shaw of Hope; nephews, Billy (Kelly) Watkins of Columbus, Ernie (Andrea) Stringer of Nashville, Joey (Jamie) Creamer of Greensburg, Doug (Ashley) Smith of Shelbyville, Joshua (Crystal) Smith of Columbus, Michael (Stacey) Peaslee of Nashville, Scott (Jordan) Cheek of Nashville, and Evan Shaw of Hope; nieces, Mary Cheek (Angie Allison) of Nashville, and Erin Shaw of Hope; 12 great-nephews; five great-nieces; and several aunts, uncles and beloved friends.

Alvin was preceded in death by his loving mother, Mary K. Black; a brother-in-law, Mike Burton; a niece, Sherri Stringer; and grandparents, John and Martha Ferguson and Herod and Agnes Black.


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