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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the Union Grove Baptist Church, 8932 Quincy, Cleveland, OH 44106, for Ms. Rose V. Black, who passed away Oct. 14, 2012.

Rose Verlynn Black was born in Youngstown, to the late Lillie Dean Starks and Peter Watkins Starks, the youngest of four children departed this life on Oct. 14, 2012.

Doll was married to the late James B. Black and to this union was born a son, James Brian Black.

She was affectionately known as “Doll” by her family and friends and “Mommy Doll” by her grandchildren.

Doll received Christ at an early age at the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Youngstown, where she attended as a child. She later joined the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. Odie M. Hoover and continued under the leadership of the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr. and the Reverend Dr. Jawanza K. Colvin. She was a member of the January Birthmonth Ministry and Usher Board No. 2 and participated in various other ministries. She loved attending worship services even as her health began to fail.

She was educated in the Youngstown area and a National Honor Society graduate of East High School. After graduating, she moved to Cleveland, where she attended Cleveland State, Cuyahoga Community College and the Cleveland School of Travel Agents. After receiving her certification to the travel industry, her tenaciousness directed her to the judicial system, where she enrolled in the Cleveland School of Stenotype. Upon completion, she became the First Black Official Court Reporter in the Common Pleas Court.

Before her appointment with the court system, she was a free lance court reporter with Newkirk Fincun Court Reporting Firm, where she was required to make verbatim transcripts of depositions for tax court, the National Labor Relations Board and many other government agencies. After 28 years of service with the Common Pleas Court, she retired and was hired by Cuyahoga Community College as an instructor in the department of court reporting for five years.

Doll was active in various organizations, including volunteering with the Greater Cleveland Red Cross and the Cleveland Cancer Society. She was also a member of the Girl Friends, Birthday Club, W.I.D. and the Dinner Bells. Doll loved to travel. She traveled extensively to such places as Hong Kong, Egypt, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, France and Jamaica. The many who had the privilege of knowing Doll were blessed with her sensitivity, outgoing personality, love and devotion to family and friends.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted son, James Brian Black (Carol “Neicy”); two sisters, Edrice Clark and Bernice Starks of Youngstown; four grandchildren, James Brian Black Jr., Kevin B. McCullough, Kelly R. Bankston and Jehvon L. McCullough; six great-grandchildren, Bre’Sean J. Black, Bre'Shaunna Black, James B. Black III, KaMarri Adams, Jordan Bankston and Kyra McCullough; three nephews, Darryl Tukufu (Myra) of Nashville, Tenn., Jeffrey H. Clark Sr. (Wanda), and Petryl Starks (Tawny) of Pittsburgh; two nieces, Yvette Clark-Kirksey and Cheryl Golden (Steven); her aunt, Kate Walker of Birmingham, Ala.; two grandnieces, Antoinette and Darnelle Clark; grandnephew, Jeffrey H. Clark Jr.; and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Black; her parents, Peter Watkins and Lillie Dean Starks; and her brother, Herman “Pete” Starks.

Guestbook Entries

“I loved my great aunt doll this was unexpected i am in shock i miss my great aunt so much, but i lnpw she is in a better place R.I.P”

 » Angelica starks on October 21, 2012

“Brian im so sorry to hear about Doll,she was an remarkalbe woman. im glad i got to see her.Praying for you and the family”

 » pinky on October 21, 2012


“May God give you peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Thank you for allowing us (Hospice of the Valley)to care and minister to your family and your mother during this time. just know that her spirit is now in the very presence of God. ”

 » Rev. Gary Rozier on October 21, 2012

“Aunt Doll will be greatly missed and my heart is saddened by the passing of one of Gods precious angels. We love you Aunt Doll.”

 » Tawny Starks  on October 21, 2012


“Brian and family, may God comfort you during this great time of sorrow. I will always remember your mother for her kindness and works, RIP Mrs Doll. Brian I have you and your family in my prayers”

 » Michael Rhodes on October 22, 2012

“Brian, so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Remember, weeping may endure for a night, but joyu comes in the morning. GOD LOVES YOU!”

 » Ruth Ann Parker on October 22, 2012

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