January 14, 1941 – March 11, 2022
Carol Wilson Black, 81, of Bedford, died on Friday March 11, 2022 at her home. Carol was born in Tazewell County on January 14, 1941, the daughter of the late Aubrey Walter Wilson and the late Daisy Nell Whitt Wilson. She is predeceased by her husband, Charles “Zack” Black.
She is survived by her son, Tim Black, and her daughter, Beth Hudson and her husband, Jerry; granddaughter, Eva Hudson, and grandson, Evan Hudson. She is also survived by her sisters, Nancy Jo Daly and her husband, Larry, and Brenda Lyons, and her husband, Raymond.
She grew up in Pulaski, Virginia, and graduated from Pulaski High School in 1959. In 1960 she married Zack, and they lived in Rural Retreat and Orange before moving to Bedford in 1964. Wherever she lived, she worked for attorneys, and once she moved to Bedford, she worked for the late Morton Padgett Jr. She later became assistant clerk of the Bedford County General District Court, and in 1981 became clerk of Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
In 1983, she ran for election as the Democratic Party candidate for Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk. Having won the election with more than 50% of the vote in a crowded field, she was proud to be the last Democrat elected as a constitutional officer in Bedford County. She held this position for 24 years before retiring. According to her, her greatest achievement was the modernization of the clerk’s office through the computerization of the entire workload procedure of the office. She was also instrumental in working on plans to renovate the courthouse, leaving the building for two and a half years and returning, while ensuring that all records were kept safe and secure. the right order. She was also proud to have obtained grants from the Library of Virginia to clean up the index and preserve the records from 1754 to 1913, thereby preserving a vital part of Bedford County history.
Carol was also very active in local, state, and national politics. She served as chair of the Bedford City Democratic Committee, treasurer of the 5th District Democratic Congressional Committee, and a member of the State Central Committee of the Virginia Democratic Party. She has attended the inaugurations of Governor Gerald Baliles, Governor L. Douglas Wilder, and Governor Mark Warner, as well as the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. She was elected as a 5th District delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. She was appointed to the Local Health Benefits Advisory Committee by Governor Wilder, Mapping, Surveying and Information Systems Advisory Committee land by Governor Baliles and to the cemetery board by Governor Warner.
Carol was elected president of the Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officers, which represents all Circuit Court Clerks, Commonwealth Solicitors, Sheriffs, Treasurers, and Commonwealth Revenue Commissioners, in 1991. She has held various positions with the Virginia Circuit Court Clerk’s Association. . In 1987, she was selected Woman of Achievement by the Bedford Business and Professional Woman’s Club.
Carol was a member of the Bedford Baptist Church, served on the boards of the Friends of Bedford Public Library and the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, a member of the Bedford Host Lions Club, and numerous other professional and community organizations.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and staff at Blue Ridge Dialysis who cared for her for many years. Also, we would like to thank Bonnie Francis, Diane Lewis and Samantha Kistler for the kindness and care you have shown our mother over the past year. You were all a blessing to her.
The family asks in lieu of flowers to consider sending memorial donations to: Bedford Baptist Church. 1516 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA 24523, Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, 201 E. Main Street, Bedford, VA 24523, or Friends of the Bedford Public Library, 321 North Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Bedford Baptist Church with the Reverend Phillip Bailey officiating. Internment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2022 at Bedford Baptist Church.
Arrangements are taken care of by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
Published by Roanoke Times on March 15, 2022.