Joe Edward Black, Sr. of Pinckney, Michigan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 27, 2018 at the age of 82 years. Joe was born in Lawrenceburg, TN on November 18, 1935 to William and Mary Black.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean and their four sons, Joe Jr. (Kathy), William (Kathy), Mick (Michelle) and Dale (Lindsey). He will also be missed by his six grandchildren Jessica (Evan) Falzon, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Samantha, Mackenzie and Lauren, and a step-grandchild McKenna.
Joe served with the Military Police in the US Army for 4 years, and briefly with A&P Stores and JIC Welding before starting his long career as a driver, trainer and owner in the standardbred harness racing industry, which he did for over 30 years before retiring. Joe and Jean spent their retirement years traveling to Bullhead City, AZ to escape the Michigan winters.
A gathering of family and friends of Joe’s will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Shelters Funeral Home, 250 Mill Street, Pinckney, MI.