William P. Black
William P. Black, Sr. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 in the presence of his family and comfort of his home. Bill was born in 1929, in Haileyville, Oklahoma to Harvey and Amelia Black. He had two older brothers, Jim & Bob. He graduated from Classen High School, attended Oklahoma A&M, then earned a degree in speech with a minor in history from Arkansas College. While studying in the foothills of the Ozarks, he met his college sweetheart, Elma. The two married in April, 1952, and shared an amazing love for each other for 65 years. They were the proud parents to three children- Ann, Bucky, and Ginger. Bill honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean War era. An entertainer at heart, he traveled as an emcee and performer, boosting troop morale across the country. In 1955, Bill and Elma moved to Baton Rouge where he started his career as a broadcaster and television entertainer. That same year, he created the beloved children's family program, "Storyland", and shortly after, "The Buckskin Bill Show". The shows ran for 35 years, which at the time, were the longest running children's family programs in the nation. Education was the foundation of his programs. Bill worked tirelessly, utilizing the shows' popularity, to bring about improvements in the community. This included assisting in the creation of the Baton Rouge Zoo, promotion of the Louisiana School for the Deaf, and advocacy for the Boy Scouts of America, just to name a few. For his works in television, Bill was twice awarded the "Best Children's Show in the United States" by the National Association of Broadcasters. He was also awarded the coveted Action for Children's Television Award. For his selfless contributions to the Baton Rouge community, Bill was the recipient of the Golden Deeds Award. Bill was a relentless student. While enjoying his time as an instructor for the LSU Journalism Department, he enrolled in courses, always looking to further his education. He continued to show his love for children and the importance of education by serving on the EBR Parish School Board for sixteen years. Though Bill and Elma were most recently members of Broadmoor United Methodist Church, they initially raised their family at University Presbyterian Church, where Bill served on numerous boards and committees. He gave the congregation the gift of his beloved children's sermons, always poignant and humorous. Bill and Elma cherished their monthly supper club gatherings with life-long friendships created at UPC. Bill's greatest joy was being "Pawpaw" to his and Elma's six grandchildren, who gave them many new adventures. Bill loved surf fishing especially for "specks" in Cocodrie, cheering for the Saints, and all things LSU…though he was still a proud "Okie" married to an "Arkie." Although Elma was known for her beautiful flower beds, Bill took pride growing citrus trees and his vegetable garden. Bill also enjoyed playing and singing hymns on the piano and was known to belt out favorites such as "In the Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Bill's one-of-a-kind personality, love for storytelling, and gift of humor will be fondly remembered by all who met him. Bill is preceded in death by his wife, Elma K. Black, parents, Harvey M. & Amelia P. Black, and siblings, James H. Black & Robert Black. He is survived by his children, Ann Posey, William Jr. "Bucky" and Maggie Black, and Ginger and Chris Musso. He is also survived by grandchildren, Kelli and Adam Jennings, Shelley Posey, Rachel and Tyler Loupe, Megan Musso, William and Stephanie Black, Raymond Black, and one great-grandchild, Tristan Lee. Bill is also survived by his very special brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00am, memorial service at noon, and reception to follow. A private burial will be held for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to organizations close to Bill's heart- Louisiana School for the Deaf, Raven's Outreach Center for Homeless Veterans, or Broadmoor United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Published by The Advocate from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, 2018.
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I need spelling of Buckskin Bill's middle name; is it Philippi? Thank God for Elma and Bill and their kids and grandkids!
January 24, 2018
I'm also sorry I wasn't able to be with his children at Broadmoor Methodist.

[email protected]
800 364 7257
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January 23, 2018
Thank God for you Buckskin Bill for lending me your fishing rod while fishing with LSU Presbyterian Men and being such a great sport when I promptly let it slip out of my hands into Cocodrie...Also, for letting me and Merilyn Janet hold a party for Bucky's fiancee at our home and for letting us ride a Spanish Town float...
January 23, 2018
I am soo sorry for your loss of such a wonderful father. May God bless you and hold you close. Always remember what cherished times you had together and Thank you for sharing such a special man with us. I am 62 and grew up watching Storyland and will always cherish those life long lessons he taught us and the shared memories.
Sharon Phillips
January 19, 2018
Thank you Buckskin Bill for allowing me to be apart of one of your shows. You had a great talent and patience for the children. Thank you for the years of great entertainment, knowledge, and love for all children. RIP Mr. Bill.
Ava Theresa Brown Chase
January 19, 2018
When I talked with my sister today, she told me Buck Skin Bill had passed. I can remember being a poor child along with my siblings in South Baton Rouge, we would save our penny's so we could walk to channel 9 and give our pennies to help by Penny the Elephant". Mr Black was instrumental in getting an elephant for the Zoo. We loved watching him and marching around our house as he did. He left a legacy behind and will be remembered for his wisdom and putting smiles on our faces when we needed it. RIP
Connie Commenia
January 19, 2018
Thank you, Buckskin Bill (Mr. Bill), for the wonderful childhood memories, for your love of this city, and for being such a humble and respected role model to the children of BR. I'll never forget meeting you - even as an adult, I was in awe. RIP.
Claudia Murphy
January 19, 2018
I grew up with buckskin bill. He will be missed
Barry Guillotte
January 19, 2018
Rest in the arms of God.

Watched his TV Show back in the day.
CHoward Williams
January 19, 2018
Many good memories of the TV shows, the music, the Little Rascals. And UPC children's sermons--It was forever a shock that he cut off his tie on Easter Sundays. Later he sat with my dad, Paul Burns, on the back pew and they lamented the loss of the singing of the good old hymns. A great entertainer, a true and committed advocate for children, and a humble man. Thank you.
Margaret Burns Feierabend
January 19, 2018
We love and miss you.God bless and strengthen your family.
Catherine Hayward
January 19, 2018
I know that the angels in heaven are all doing the Monday Morning March and enjoying the wonderful stories being told by their newest resident. Buckskin Bill and his kind, gentle and loving legacy will live on in eternity.
Cindy Cochran
January 19, 2018
Thank you, Buckskin Bill for the many wonderful memories of my childhood. Growing up in a family of six children, we couldn't wait for your show to come on and especially Monday mornings as we'd all grab whatever remotely resembled a baton and march around our tiny living room. And NO ONE compared to you when it came to reading a story. May you rest in eternal peace.
Rhonda Coye
January 19, 2018
The Monday morning march is a deep seeded memory for most who grew up in Baton Rouge. Bill Black's generous and loving spirit came through and touched everyone! Love and prayers to Ginger and family!
Cheri Mareno
January 19, 2018
Wonderful soul! He will be sadly missed here in Baton Rouge. Prayers to all of the family.
Terri G.
January 19, 2018
As a child I looked forward to watching Buckskin Bill's Storyland. As an adult I came across Mr. Black on Sherwood Forest Blvd. and he wasn't smiling. As he would say "You're never completely dressed until you put on a smile", I had him roll down his window and spoke that phase to him. Needless to say he couldn't help but fall out laughing. Thank GOD for "Buckskin Bill" Black.
Reginald Gray
January 18, 2018
I am proud I had the privilege to work with Bill on his later weekly TV show, Buckskin and Friends. Bill was always positive and uplifting. Buckskin Bill will live on in the hearts of all who grew up watching and loving his shows!
David Haddad
January 18, 2018
Will never forget best cartoons ever and loved the Monday morning march R.I.H Buckskin Bill
January 18, 2018
Black family, sorry for your loss. As a child we did not miss BUCKSKIN BILLS show. He will certainly be missed
Annette Cook
January 18, 2018
Comfort to the family of wonderful Buckskin Bill! Always loved him!!
January 18, 2018
Thanks for all of the little life lessons Buckskin. Like keeping your rod tip down when surf fishing in a thunderstorm. Some would have called it natural selection, but you said you were just buying me time to grow a brain. Robin and Joe are in the surf waiting on you. Going to miss you buddy.
Alan Hale
January 18, 2018
Our Great City and State has lost a wonderful man and Friend to all. He taught so many of us as children, right from wrong and, entertained us year after year as Buckskin Bill. Those memories will follow us the rest of our lives. We all mourn this great loss and extend our deepest condolences to his Family in their time of loss. May God bless Buckskin Bill Black. His legacy will live on for all time to come.
George Norwood
January 18, 2018
I only met Buckskin Bill three times in my life, twice as a child putting pennies in a bucket on his beloved afternoon show. As an adult, I had the privilege of speaking with him when he was a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish public school system. Some of the fondest memories many of us have are returning from school, throwing your books in the corner, grabbing a snack, and sitting down for 30 minutes and watching his afternoon show before running outside to play sports. The "Monday Morning March" will be forever associated with him. Who gave more to Baton Rouge? We are a much poorer community without him. RIP. And remember, "you're never completely dressed until you put on a smile."
Dean Caputa
January 18, 2018
Omg upon finding out on the news my husband and I danced and sung the Monday morning march and reflected on all the wonderful memories of all the songs , stories ,and lessons that were learned ,and preaching to our kids the value of life and caring people. It makes me sad to watch shows today with no lessons , no value, total disrespect for mankind. I'm proud to have come from an ara when we could hold our heads high and be proud of where we came from and not have to worry about the things people worry about today. Be ptoud Black Family cherish the memories always .
Jean Turner
January 17, 2018
Thank you for hours of joy when I was sick. I marched w/ Buckskin Bill, when I was 5 and younger, holding my wooden spoon in the air. Before Sesame Street we had Buckskin Bill w/ Pepo Peto and "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel." I read that book with my children! Then one day, I realized that the Monday Morning March was "The March of the Tin Soldiers?" What great memories of Brownies and Cub Scouts, and pennies for Penny the Elephant!
Mary Voughtr
January 17, 2018
Sorry for a great historian passing of a great man who helped children in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas of the WAFB channel 9 broadcast. Well when I was young we all new him as Bucskin Bill. Every morning we new the Monday morning March was ready at 8:00 am. We where taught how to count, learn our ABC's. The cartoon was great. But the highlight of it was to be on the show. Being a Cub scout of pack 444 under Mr. Jones at Greater New Guide B.C. 800 North 19th Street was very interesting. Thanks to Mr. Black for his guidance you gave to all the children of old Capitol Avenue Elementary Scholl that was on 42nd Street off of Gus Young Avenue (formerly Capitol Avenue). Our prayers goes out to his family.
Clergy Square Community Gus Young Area
January 17, 2018
Wow..what can I say to the man whose show I rushed home after school to see and didn't get homework done. Mr. Black, AKA "Buckskin Bill" was an inspiration to many of all races and groups and I hope his legacy will continue to live on.
Gilbert Cureau
January 17, 2018
You were so loved by many my son was so happy to meet you he watched storyland and did the Monday morning March with you you will never be forgotten and we will always remember you are not completely dressed until you put on a smile Rest In Peace great one
Loretta Bailey
January 17, 2018
You were a very special person who was loved and respected by so many my son alwsys enjoyed your storyland and meeting you glad I took a picture of my son with buckskin bill he was loved by so many I know you will be doing the monday morning March in heaven and knowing we won't be completely dressed until we put on a smile
Loretta Bailey
January 17, 2018
January 17, 2018
To the immediate family of "Buckskin Bill" Black, please know the multitude of children (now adults) in the Baton Rouge community that grew up with and loved him, are grieving with you at this time. He has left a legacy that will always endure. I am not quite sure if I can spell this correctly, but "Chickamaw Scouts!" He was the best! There has to be a special mansion for this man in Heaven!
Ed Kirby
January 17, 2018
Deepest sympathies on the loss of a great man.
Sharon Gautreau
January 17, 2018
Appreciate all the wonderful memories. Bless you for being in our lives!
Carin Lawrence Germany
January 17, 2018
Extending heartfelt condolences to Buckskin Bill's family and friends. Losing a loved one is painful. May your precious memories comfort and strengthen you during this time of grief. Draw close to God and each other during these trying times.
January 17, 2018
Many prayers for your family. May God bless your entire family and may you all remember that Buckskin Bill blessed many of us for many, many years. Everyone loved him and we shall all miss him.
James Fountain
January 17, 2018
You were my Friend and taught me all about Love and always doing the right thing. My children did the Elephant Walk and waved at Grandparents from the Cabin on their Birthday. You were MultiGeneration. God give you rest and peace to your family.
Mary Ray
January 17, 2018
A great man gone home may you March around heaven the way you have marched the morning March.
You will be truly missed and we'll loved.
Regina Hall Chiszle
January 16, 2018
To the family of Buckskin Bill: I am praying for you. The quote" You are not completely dressed until you put on a smile" still lingers on. I had the pleasure of meeting Buckskin Bill as a child an adult.
Azelia Singleton
January 16, 2018
What a precious memory collection we have of "Buckskin Bill"! May God's PEACE hold you in this difficult time. Tish Breland (Retired nurse)
Tish Breland
January 16, 2018
Oh the memories you created. God inherited an angel. I will never forget you.
Sharon Johnson
January 16, 2018
Sorry for your loss. May the God of all tender comfort be with family and friends during this difficult time.
January 16, 2018
To say we'll miss you is an understatement. Fourteen years ago we became neighbors. Later we heard we lived next door to Buckskin Bill. I was very excited to be living next to a celebrity. My husband was excited to meet Buckskin Bill again since he had marched with him on one of his [email protected] 9. But past the celebrity part was a man who would light up a room when he entered , his laughter was contagious. He and Elma welcomed us into the neighborhood, Elma always bringing bowls of fruit, beautiful flowers from her garden. They were both a joy to visit. We are saddened with your passing but now you're with your college sweetheart Elma. May God hold your family tight in His adoring way, give them comfort. You're home now in your forever BUCKSKIN BILL suit ..Give Elma a big hug for us. Love & miss you.
Sandra Talley
January 16, 2018
GOD bless you my dear friend and mentor.
Holly Heroman Andrews
January 16, 2018
To the family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your love one, may the loving support of your family, friends and prayers sustain you through this difficult time. Psalms 29:11
January 16, 2018
Goodbye Old and Dear Friend,

You will be missed. May you have eternal rest.
January 16, 2018
Thank you, Mr. Buckskin Bill Black, for always reminding me that I'm never completely dressed until I put on a smile. My prayers and condolences go out to the family.
Jackie Bankston Manning
January 16, 2018
Thank you so much for the wonderful memories that I will cherish in my heart forever. From collecting pennies for the elephant at the zoo to the "Monday Morning March". There was not a day that went by that I didn't watch the show. You will be missed by so many people of ALL ages. God Bless.
Shannon A
January 16, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. "Buckskin Bill" was a great man. He made people smile wherever he went. I was on his show when I was a kid and he was just the nicest man. He did much for his community. He had a big heart. We were lucky to have him here on earth the time we did and now God will enjoy him in heaven. If you hear thunder on Monday mornings, they are doing the "Monday morning march"! Thanks Mr. Bill for giving us all some great memories! God bless your family. You will be missed!!
Tammy Waddell
January 16, 2018
It was with grad sadness that I learned of the passing of our beloved Buckskin Bill. Such treasured memories. He always reminded me of my Dad. So kind, sweet and patient. I grew up in the late 50s, so I felt he was my own special friend. My sisters and I did the Monday morning march regularly, getting out the metal spoons and pots to bang while walking in a circle. I met him in Albertsons, probably over a decade ago, and didn't hesitate to stop and introduce myself and tell him how much he meant to my generation. He smiled while I told him about participating in the penny collection and Monday morning march, just like he'd never heard it before. He will be dearly missed, but fondly remembered. God's blessings on his family, and we pray for peace and comfort at this time.
Cheryl Wilks
January 16, 2018
Buckskin, thank you,thank you,thank you for investing in mine and so many others' childhoods. There are ways that you made an impact on so many that you were never even aware of, this side of heaven, BUT now I pray it is all made clear. Your show was always a safe and comforting place. Thanks again. You are very loved and will be missed.
Emilie Brown
January 16, 2018
To the Black Family, our condolences to each of you in your loss. May the moments you shared grant you comfort and peace. Our thanks for his service in the U. S. Army in defense of our Nation. Our thanks for making Monday mornings joyful, and for teaching us so much more. Buckskin, you will be missed. Rest in peace Sir, God Bless.
Chickama Scouts, Vince and Rhenda Giaccone
Vincent Giaccone
January 16, 2018
It was always such a blessing to see Buckskin sitting in a church pew w Ginger and her family @ Broadmoor Methodist. When I was close enough to say "Hello Buckskin" he would beam a warm smile with a twinkle in his eye. I am so blessed to have "known" him since childhood. Rest in Him you good and faithful servant. God bless.
Diane Foster
January 16, 2018
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
Thank you "Buckskin Bill" for all those years. Gary & Michele Dupuy
January 16, 2018
Our prayers and deepest condolences are extended to the Family of Mr. William Black.
Ginger F. Smith & Family
January 16, 2018
Buckskin Bill as I new long time ago he was s great man I USE TO watch him all the time MY mother was a big fan . RIP YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGIVEN FROM MRS.SHIRLEY W. Ross and Memory Mrs..Lucille.Smooth and.Memory Mr. BENNY RAY Jones, AND.MEMORY MRS. LEATHIE MONROE OF NATCHEZ MISS
AND ST. LOUIS AND Richmond Virginia.
Shirley Ross
January 16, 2018
Thank You Buckskin Bill for all the wonderful memories You are gone but will be remembered by many for years to come Rest In Peace
January 15, 2018
Thank You so much for all the words I learned from watching the Buckskin Bill Show. I really enjoyed the Monday Morning March and the Little Rascals. Thank You For Allowing God to use your gift to touch so many lives, I will always remember your unselfish gift of teaching. You made learning fun.
Minister Cynthia Coleman
January 15, 2018
Thank you Buckskin for our wonderful childhood memories. You were such an inspiration to all! Our Monday morning March will forever be in us! You are a legend to our town! Godspeed!
Nancy Tate
January 15, 2018
I was blessed to know and work with Buckskin Bill for fifteen years. Bill, I will forever know you as one of the good guys.

I send my prayers to you and your family.
Chris McDaniel
January 15, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Henry Bozeman
January 15, 2018
Thank you for all the wonderful childhood memories. We will never forget you...Buckskin Bill !!!!!
Sharon Phillips
January 15, 2018
There will never be another like you. Thank you for all the years we spent together. And Thank You for being You. So Long for now. Rest In Peace, Buckskin Bill.
Tammy Templet-Dostie
January 15, 2018
Dear Family of Mr. William P. Black Buckskin Bill I am very sorry for your loss.Your Father was a wonderful man and my Thoughts and Prayers go out to you all during this sad and difficult time.Your Father was a Baton Rouge Legion and everyone including adults looked up to him.Thank You Buckskin Bill for what you did for Baton Rouge and the area and especially for out Zoo Sincerely Joan Hall
Joan Hall
January 15, 2018
This humble man served and impacted hundreds of thousands of children in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. He helped mold several generations in his tv shows, personal appearances, serving on the school board, the zoo and many other organizations. As one of those people that was influenced by his kind nature I will always remember him with the warmest memories of my childhood. Many people go through life not making big differences not so with him. Thanking Me Bill Black for his good work on this earth. He has earned his place in the kingdom. He probably did the Monday Morning March with all the little angels today.....❤. RIP brother Bill. Gone but never forgotten
Millie Patin Sicard
January 15, 2018
Thanks for the wonderful childhood memories and your dedication to making children and Baton Rouge a much better place. Enjoy your eternal reward
January 15, 2018
My condolences to the Black family with their loss. An iconic figure in Baton Rouge, he will always be forever etched in my memory as Buckskin Bill!
Ricky Reese
January 15, 2018
As children, Buckskin Bill taught us what we ought to be, could be, and should be. He certainly made the world a better place.
Lodrick & Falena Price
January 15, 2018
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