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John David Campbell Black

November 8, 1994 ~ April 6, 2021 (age 26)

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It is with deep regret that Eddie & Jackie Nelson and the Support Staff of Nelson’s Funeral Home announce the passing of Mr. John David Campbell Black, 26, of Blythewood, South Carolina.   

Mr. Black transitioned into eternity Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 

While the family would love to be surrounded by your presence however, they are requesting to have privacy as they go through this valley experience of life. 

Mr. John David Campbell Black was born on November 8, 1994, to Willie James and Gertrude Jones Black. He transitioned to heaven on April 6, 2021.  He attended public school in Richland County and graduated from Richland Northeast High in May 2012. He attended Berklee College of Music and Valley City State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music.

John David was a guitarist/ multi-instrumentalist and played a variety of musical genres. His musical endeavors begun before he was two years old when he took his first music lessons. During his early teens, he performed weekly at Mac’s on Main restaurant in Columbia, SC, and he frequented the Hunter-Gather Restaurant where he performed with Skipp Pearson, South Carolina's Jazz Ambassador. He also performed with local legend Drink Small (National Heritage Fellow).  Bess Daniels, a female vocalist along with Rick Williams of Mystic Vibrations gave John David his first opportunity to record his "Gospel Tracks" CD as a fund-raiser to attend college. John David was also the recipient of the Chris Conner Music Scholarship.

One night while performing on stage, John David caught the eye of Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues out of Chicago who came to SC to implement the Blues in the School initiative in a local high school. He was “whisked off” to teach guitar at Branch's "Blues in the School”. In addition, he performed with many local bands and performed at Berklee College of Music as well as other venues in Boston, MA. In recent years, he shared the stage with Tony Wilson, aka "Young James Brown" and was the "opening act" for the James Montgomery V, a Veterans Benefit Concert in Beverly, MA.

John David wrote and produced music and was the founder and CEO of D.R.E.A.M.S. Enterprise and Company, LLC, ("Demonstrating Real Effort Always Makes Success”) a music initiative that expressed all aspects of his music. His musical releases include more than 100 songs.

In addition to his love for music, John David was an avid reader of the Bible. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and became an Eagle Scout (Boy Scout’s highest rank). In his past time, he enjoyed the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Star Trek series as well as playing RuneScape.

John David leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Willie James and Gertrude Jones Black; his brothers, Richard Black (of the home), Blythewood, SC, Willie James McAllister Black, Atlanta, GA, Willie Joe Bennett (Lisa), Atlanta GA; sisters, Shaunte McNeil Jemison (Alberic), Orlando, FL, Sonya Yvette Johnson (Aerrigo Evans), Alpharetta, GA; aunts, Mary Lee Jones (God Mother) Wilkinsburg, PA, Maggie Wilson, Camden, SC, Alice Mae McPhatter (Henry), Southern Pines, NC, Elizabeth Jones Kirk, Charlotte, NC, Ruthenia Manigault (Joseph) Loris, SC; uncles, Andrew Jones (Mary) Pittsburgh, PA, George Alexander (Vickie) Westbury, NY, Frederick Jones (Pam), Camden, SC, and Frank Black (Hazel) Columbia, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins,  other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.    

The family will announce a memorial service at a later date.

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