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.