Mr, Alfonzo Yonnie. Poochie Black

  • Born: April 18, 1940
  • Died: April 18, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North Cemetery & Funeral Center

2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Tel. (317) 251-5959

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Man of God

Message From The Family

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Blessed be the Man: Alfonzo Black, also affectionately known as: Al, Poochie, Yonnie and Black by family, friends and acquaintances, was born on April 18, 1940 in Indianapolis to Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Jones Black. Both preceded him in death. Al was called home on April 18, 2015, the first day of his 75th year of life. A lifelong resident of Indianapolis; he attended school in the IPS system at schools 56, Crispus Attucks and Arsenal Technical High Schools.
Al met and married the love of his life, Hallie A. Showers in the late 1950's. They were married January 1, 1960. They became the proud parents of three sons: Keith, Shawn, and Christian. Al developed a career at Chrysler Indianapolis Foundry. He, prior to his retirement after 31 years, was elected by the plant's workers to be president of the UAW Local 550, the plant employees union. As a young couple, Al and Hallie were very active in the politics of that day. As founding members and officers of the local chapter of The Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), they participated in the organizing and implementing public demonstrations, marches and sit- ins. Their goal was to end racial segregation of housing and schools; and for equal employment opportunity for African Americans; or Negros, as we were called then. There were many days and nights that Alfonzo and Hallie sat in their living room with other organizers making plans to highlight the plight of the disadvantaged segments of our city and the country. This included working with Fr. Boniface Harding and others, developing plans to start the Martin Center which ultimately became Martin University and Rev. Andrew J. Brown and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Blessed be the Man: Alfonzo met the Lord at a young age, and came to love and accept God's role in his life. In the early 1970's Alfonzo and Hallie and the boys united with Womack Memorial under the pastorate of the late Rev. Kelly Copeland. He became a very active member in the congregation. In 1986, after Hallie entered the ministry, she was assigned pastoral duties in Richmond, Indiana, Second Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. This left the District scratching their heads; what were they to call Brother Black, in reverence to his wife, the pastor? The first……man?......husband? of the Grace Memorial CME Church? Alfonzo established many "first" in his lifetime. He put his ALL into everything he did. His last first (for this family), the Lord gave him life and called him home on April 18th ….75 years.
Blessed be the Man: Alfonzo leaves cherished memories for : Sons: Keith Edward (Bonita) of Dallas, TX; Shawn Alfonzo (Harriet), and Christian Devi (Linda) of Indianapolis, In. Brother: Robert L. Wilson (Charlotte) Indianapolis, Sister: Vickie J. Pardue Indianapolis; 11 Grandchildren: LaToya, LaTessa, LaTisha, Christian, Ciera, Calvin, Steven, Jasmine, Jada, Gabrille, Christian Devi Jr; Nephews: Robert Paul Wilson; and Stephen D. Pardue; Nieces: Byyinah Akua Wilson, and Ayana Aba Wilson Coles ( Terrance) ; an aunt and cousins and other family and friends.

Humbly Submitted: Vickie J. Pardue


Condolence & Memory Journal

Hallie, Shawn, and Chris,and family I am so sorry for your loss. I love you all and will be praying.

Posted by Joi Griffin-Boyd - louisville, KY   May 09, 2015

My sincere condolences to Shawn and Christian Black and family. My God wrap his arms around you all during this difficult time. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.

Posted by Andrea (Candy) Phillips-Cheeks - Indianapolis, IN   April 24, 2015

Prayers to the Black Family from Kenneth, Francita, Breanna and Aubry McMichel. Love

Posted by Kenneth McMichel - Indianapolis, IN   April 24, 2015



Posted by Eve Simpson - Indianapolis, IN   April 24, 2015

So sorry for your loss, keep God first in your life and he will see you through this time of sorrow. Your Byram Ave Neighbor!

Posted by Eve and Dell Simpson-McClaine - Indianapolis, IN   April 24, 2015

I want to express my condolences to the Black family especially to Shawn and Christ. I truly loved both your dad and mom. It was a blessing to have learned from both of them as they served God and living as husband and wife. Brother Black was a delight to be around and he will be missed.

You all will be in my prayers and thoughts as you celebrate the life and legacy of a wonderful man of God.

Posted by Minister Kimberly Pierce-Hinds - Indianapolis, IN - Assoc.Min COKC 2001-07   April 23, 2015

In honor of your life and legacy: Brother Al Black

You will be dearly missed by many and your memory cherished by a host of family & friends. Only God determines the day & hour we go home to meet with him and that decision belongs only to him. In faith, we trust God and God's word. We know you are in a better place with Hallie and all the loved ones gone before you!
Your smile and kindness will not be forgotten! May God continue to bless and keep the family as they accept and transition during this difficult time.

With love,
The Brown family
(Patrick, Nikki & Imani)

Posted by Nikki Brown - Nashville, TN - church member/ sister in Christ   April 23, 2015

Man of the Living God, you will truly be missed, but on the other side we shall met again. May God so whisper Sweet Peace to you....the Entire Black Family.

Posted by Harriet J. Black - Indianapolis - Daughter in law   April 23, 2015

Sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences. My prayers are with your family.

Posted by Karen (Katie) Fisher - Louisville, KY   April 23, 2015

I just wanted to take this time and express my condolences for the Black family. As a long time friend of Bonita Black, Keith and I became fast friends approximately 30 years ago. We all have been not only friends to one another but, family in every sense of the word. My friendship with Bonita made Keith my frien, brother-in-law and they were godparents to my son. I didn't get a chance to spend a great deal of time around Keith's family but, as circumstances and needs occurred, I kept their family members up before the Lord as I did my own.

Posted by Lori (Mike) Lampkin - Merrillville, IN - long-time friend   April 23, 2015

Thank you Dad for being my shining example of how a REAL Man of GOD conducts his life. There was never any question as to wether, or not I was loved, and appreciated by my father on Earth. I could not have asked for more. Godspeed "YOHAN"! I am eternally in your debt. Forever Yours!

Posted by Shawn Alfonzo Black - Indianapolis, IN - Son   April 22, 2015

Dearest keith,Shawn,and Chris. I am so sorry for your loss. These are trying times and there will be many difficult days ahead, But know this that God has had this day planned for dad just as he does for the rest of us and remember all the great moments that you all shared, laughing, crying, fighting and making everything good again. Now those will be the moments that you will cherish until you all are reunited again in GODS kingdom. May God Bless and keep you all always.
Velvet Bailum Clay

Posted by A friend   April 22, 2015


Chris, Shawn & Keith, so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.

Posted by Cherry Marshall - Indianapolis, IN   April 22, 2015

So sorry for your loss Shawn and Christian. Mama and I send our prayers to you and your families.
Brian Griffin, Myrtle Taylor

Posted by A friend   April 22, 2015

Barbara Overton

Posted by A friend   April 22, 2015

Shawn & Chris I am so deeply sadden by the loss of Bro. Black but, I'm certain that he's happy that he's joined hands again with Pastor Black. I am praying for you all as you go through this tough time in your life. Love you all and if there's any thing that I can do for you all I'm just a phone call away.

Posted by Sonja Cumberlander - Indianapolis, IN   April 22, 2015

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