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In Memoriam

Joe Black

Rhea Jones-Price met Joe David Black by pure happenstance, after responding to an online job posting…but meeting and working for him changed her career.

For almost ten years, Joe served as Rhea’s mentor, showing her the ropes of Social Security Disability law and inspiring her with his various ways of giving back to the community.

After graduating from Indiana University School of Law in 1964, Joe served as a Judge Advocate General in the Air Force until 1967. He began his legal career in Vincennes and opened his own firm in 1999.

Attorney Joe Black, In Memoriam. Indiana. Rhea M. Jones-Price

Joe’s firm practiced a “cure for what ails you” type of law, ranging from family law and estate planning to workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability cases.

He was well-known in not only the legal community, but also in the community at large. People would come to him with all types of problems, and even when he’d walk down the street, kids could be heard calling after him – “Joe Black! Joe Black!”

A man of faith, Joe was a church-going man who ran a program to transport young people to and from church on Sundays if their parents weren’t able to do so. Each year, he also treated that same group of kids to a day of fun at Holiday World, Swonder’s Ice Arena, and the Hadi Shrine Circus.

Every Thanksgiving, Joe organized a Thanksgiving Drive, where he would buy 500 turkeys and provide them to families in need throughout the community.

Joe saw the good in everyone and often fought for the disenfranchised during his more than 50 years in the legal system. His encouragement to help people “come in out of the rain” changed Rhea’s perspective on the law and has helped her build a career that she is proud of.

Joe Black was 81 years old when he passed away in 2021.

The Knox County Bar Association honored and memorialized Joe’s life and practice with a Resolution that was distributed throughout the community after his passing. The Resolution opened with The Lawyer’s Prayer by Thomas More:

“Lord, grant that I may be able in argument, accurate in analysis, strict in study, candid with clients, and honest with adversaries.”

My promise to you: You’ll be dealing with me directly.

I won’t pass you off to a paralegal or ignore your calls. I will be with you every step of the way – from the first consultation to your final hearing.

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