Bryan Christopher Black, 35, was born August 3rd, 1982 at Camp Pendleton, CA; he passed away October 4, 2017 in Niger, Africa. Bryan was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC with 3rd Group as a Green Beret Medic.
Growing up, Bryan was very competitive and strong-willed. He became irritated in the 4th grade when his brother won a trophy at a chess tournament and he didn’t. He turned his frustration into action, spending an entire summer studying and learning chess. Bryan then dominated scholastic chess in Washington state, tied for 2nd in the nation in the 6th grade, and competed well at the adult level. His competitive and challenging spirit drove later masteries of poker, carpentry, stock trading, martial arts, medicine, and roofing and home repair. During his previous deployment to Niger he learned the local dialect Hausa because he wanted to be able to communicate directly with the people. He also spoke French and Arabic. Bryan was often in high demand within his team and with locals due to these efforts.
He began wrestling in high school, wrestling in the state championship his senior year, and was his weight class varsity wrestler at Central Washington University. Wrestling revealed one of Bryan’s amazing traits: he never quit. When he began suffering heat injuries during a wrestling camp in high school, he refused to quit until he collapsed from heat stroke. After five days in the hospital, he returned to the wrestling camp and finished the training.
Bryan graduated from Puyallup High School in 2000, at the same time earning his AA from Pierce College. He went on to graduate from Central Washington University with a degree in Business Administration in 2002.
Upon graduation from college he went to Mammoth Lakes, CA where he taught skiing and worked in construction in the off-season. This is where he met the love of his life, Michelle Richmond Black. They married in 2005.
Bryan joined the Army in 2009. The Army provided the challenges that Bryan craved throughout basic training, Ranger school, Special Forces, and related specialist courses, while excelling at medical studies during many late nights and weekends. Bryan acted as a natural leader, helping his fellow soldiers where they struggled and maximizing their talents.
Bryan was dedicated to his wife and confidante Michelle, and a loved role model to sons Ezekiel and Isaac. He also leaves behind parents Henry (Hank) Black and Karen Black, his brother Jason Black, grandparents Harold Ericsson and Gerry Ericsson; uncles Bob Ericsson and Batron Black; aunts Christy Hedesa and Bonnie Hernandez; cousins Jason Hedesa, Travis Hedesa, Kim Hernandez, Tammy Hernandez, Cynthia Hernandez, Debbie Hernandez, Connor Ericsson; and other family members.
Bryan’s life; as a son, parent, husband, father, neighbor; as a soldier; and as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant fighting for his country and comrades; is well described by his Lord Jesus Christ when He said: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13. Bryan was the staunchest of friends and a true hero. His formidable presence will be sorely missed.
A wake will be held October 17, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville, NC. A celebration of his life will be held October 18, 2017 at Northwood Temple Church in Fayetteville, NC at 2:00 PM. The public is invited. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3 p.m.
An educational fund to support the future needs of Isaac and Ezekiel can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/rally-for-ssg-bryan-black
Jernigan Warren Funeral Home
Tuesday October 17th, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm
545 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Wednesday October 18th, 2017
4250 Ramsey St.
Fayetteville, NC 28311
Arlington National Cemetery
Monday October 30th, 2017
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Arlington, DC 22211
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I was so honored to have SSG Black as a Solider. He was always so humbled. I was beyond proud of him for going for and accomplishing his goal as becoming a green beret. You will never be forgotten! May you RIP
Submitted by Ariel McNutt on Oct 15 2017 09:28:11 PM
Sincere condolences go out to the family. May the promise found at Acts 24:15 and Psalm 37:29 provide you with a measure of comfort and hope at this difficult time.
Submitted by TJ on Oct 14 2017 11:03:03 AM
I am most appreciative to have called Bryan friend, he was the best human I have ever met. He had a positive influence on everything and everyone he came into contact with. He definitely made me a better person. Michelle, you and the boys are in my thoughts daily. Please let me know if there is ever anything you or the boys need, no matter what I will do what I can.
Submitted by Mark Becker on Oct 14 2017 10:47:36 AM
Sending my love and Prayers to the family.
Submitted by Bethany (Adams) Soto on Oct 14 2017 01:57:36 AM
You are in my thoughts, prayers, always in my heart.
Submitted by Sheri on Oct 12 2017 07:44:20 PM
When my oldest grandson, Jony (now 20), was a little guy, Karen, Henry and the boys stopped by the house. He put his arms out to Bryan, who reached down and picked him up. Jony's face just lit up and he wouldn't let Bryan put him down. I was also blessed to attend Bryan and Michelle's wedding and enjoyed being their "UBER Driver" to the LA Airport as they headed out for a honeymoon in Hawaii. I will always cherish those memories.
To the Black family and all the extended members: I grieve with you. I am so glad that Bryan had a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus, and though he is no longer with us, we do know where he is!
Submitted by Marilyn Adams on Oct 12 2017 07:01:34 PM
The emotional pain of losing a loved one in death can be overwhelming. Many questions arise that we want satisfying answers to. Our Creator is painfully aware of your situation and is there to provide the support needed. At 1 Peter 5:6, 7 he tells you that He will exalt you(raise you up) in due time and he does that by asking you to throw all your anxiety on him and he will sustain you. He can and will help your family during the grieving process. So please allow him to strengthen and comfort you during this difficult time.
Submitted by DW on Oct 12 2017 08:05:11 AM
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. For the very short time he was here he appeared to be an exceptional person. May his love and his presence always be with you. Know that his service and his and your sacrifices were appreciated.
Submitted by The Manghera Family on Oct 12 2017 04:47:16 AM
I’m thinking of you and praying that you are comforted by all the love your friends are sending your way. I’m so very sorry and wish I could wrap you in a hug and take all your pain away. Please know how much I care.
Submitted by Francine Bless on Oct 12 2017 02:55:33 AM
Sorry for the loss of your family member. Sharon Cheshire Fayetteville nc.
Submitted by Sharon Cheshire on Oct 10 2017 10:18:26 PM
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