Born in York, SC on April 30, 1927, Lt. Col. James A. Black (Ret), took his last flight on July 13, 2020, as God took the controls and took him home.
Jimmy graduated Clemson College in 1949 after his college career was interrupted when he joined the U.S. Navy prior to the end of World War II. After the war he returned to Clemson on the GI Bill and graduated with a bachelor of science in textile manufacturing. His passion in life was flying as he learned to fly when he was 14 years old. After graduating from Clemson, he joined the U.S. Air Force and spent 20 years 8 months and 15 days. His total military service was 28 years 7 months and 14 days of honorable service.