American politician representing the state of Missouri
Lanie George Black III (December 30, 1946 – November 16, 2020) was an American politician, Navy veteran, farmer, poultry producer, chaplain, and substitute teacher from the state of Missouri. In 1998, he became the first Republican state representative for Mississippi County, Missouri, since Reconstruction about 150 years ago. In 1996, he was defeated by Fred E. "Gene" Copeland, the Dean of the Missouri House. In 1998, he was elected by defeating former Missouri First Lady Betty Cooper Hearnes, his choir director. In the Missouri legislature he often worked with Peter Myers, a former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, who lived in a neighboring district.Black was born on December 30, 1946, in Cairo, Illinois. He was raised in nearby Charleston, Missouri. Black progressed the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. In 1965, he graduated from Charleston High School. In 1970, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, with bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and soon married Ann Rita Cox, his childhood friend, on July 11, 1970. Black attended Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, trained as a Navy Deep Sea Diver in Washington, DC, and spent one year in Norfolk, Virginia, eventually becoming a weapon officer and chaplain for the USS Beaufort.
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