Rev. A.M. Block, 81, of the Sardis Community, passed away on March 27, 2013. Brother Block was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Clovis, N.M.
He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Couch on Dec. 19, 1951, after a courtship that began with a fishing trip. Along with his wife, he raised two sons, Kenny and Michael and one princess, LaNita, by modeling hard work and sharing great wisdom. He then became the proud and generous grandfather of three grandsons who now possess his gracious and giving spirit.
Brother Block shared with everyone he encountered, stranger or not, countless stories of adoration about those he loved the most: his family.
Not only a family man, Rev. Block was a man of service. He served his beloved country as a Korean War medic by tending to fallen and injured soldiers. Also, he honorably served his personal Savior, Jesus Christ. As he would explain, God called him into preaching while he made deliveries on a wholesale truck. Accepting his calling into ministry, Brother Block, a scholar by nature, attended Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Henderson State University. His passion for knowledge earned him over 250 hours in collegiate study. This enabled him to faithfully serve as a minister for over 30 years.
Upon his death, the Sardis community lost a dear friend, a giving neighbor and a pillar of high regard. He and his family settled in the community in 1980. His infectious sense of humor and wit created everlasting friendships. Brother Block’s love for his church, Sardis United Methodist, will be one of legacy. He pastored, counseled and encouraged others with his kind, wise words that left everyone thirsty for biblical knowledge and understanding. His humble demeanor reached out to the hearts of others and his generosity filled the food pantry shelves that brought comfort to so many.
Brother Block’s daily friendly phone calls and visits proved how much he truly cared for his friends and neighbors. With his passion for gardening, it wasn’t unusual to see him working in his yard or tending to his roses wearing faded overalls and a joyous smile. So, it would only be fitting to say that the sower found in Matthew 13 was the example by which Brother Block lived his life and inspired others to follow…
“Consider the sower who went out to sow ... (seeds) fell on good ground and produced a crop:some 100, some 60, and some 30 times what was sown.” Matthew 13:3-8.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Floriene Block; a brother; and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Couch Block; their children, Kenny Block and wife Michelle of Sardis, Michael Block and wife Theresa of Bryant, and LaNita Davis and husband Jerry of Sardis; three grandsons,Daniel, Stephen and Christian Davis; and two sisters, Pauline Smith of Tullia, Texas, and Naomi Kelm of Prinville, Ore.
Funeral service is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Sardis United Methodist Church, 10715 W. Sardis Road
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Ashby Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to support Brother Block’s ministry, the Sardis United Methodist Church Food Pantry.
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