Joe William Black III, M.D. (Sign Guestbook)

Joe William Black, III, M.D. departed this life on August 9, 2019 at age 60 following a valiant battle with cancer.  Joe will be forever remembered by his loving and devoted wife and best friend, Monica, their precious children Laurel, Joseph (special friend Katie Harrington), and Grace (Eric), as well as Laurel’s son, cherished grandson Robin who dearly loved his Papa.

Joe was born on September 23, 1958.  He graduated from Central High School in 1976 and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in 1980.  Following college he earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and followed in his father’s footsteps by completing a residency in Pediatrics.  He began private practice with Drs. Black and Benton Pediatrics in 1987 and enjoyed the unique opportunity to practice medicine with both his wife, Dr. Monica Black, and his father, Dr. Joe W. Black, Jr.

Joe had many passions in his life.  As a lifelong Methodist, Joe was passionate about his faith, and he put the Lord first in everything he did.  He was passionate about his family.  He loved his wife and children with his whole heart and felt very blessed to expand the family circle to include their significant others as well as a grandchild.  Joe was passionate about music.  He was an accomplished percussionist, All-State caliber, and was always grateful for the fact that his love of music led to his meeting the love of his life, Monica, while in college.  He loved to tell “their story” that he was a drummer and she was a Rockette when they met – courtesy of a musical skit competition at UTK and the fact that Monica and his sister, Jan, were in the same sorority.  Joe was passionate about all living things from people to plants and trees.  He cared deeply for the children and their families that he saw in his practice.  He loved working in his yard (his stress release), and knew the name of every plant, shrub, flower, tree as well as how to care for them.

In addition to his wife and children, Joe will be remembered by his parents, Dr. Joe and Shirley Black, his sister, Jan Deaderick, brothers Dr. Steve Black (Melody) of Gainesville, Georgia and David Black of New York City.  He will be greatly missed by his mother-in-law, Montie Field, with whom he had a special relationship.  Joe is survived by a large and loving extended family of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and sisters-in-law.  He was predeceased by his grandparents, uncles, maternal aunts, and father-in-law.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Jashmin Patel and all the staff at Thompson Cancer Survival Center.  They are especially grateful for Dr. Patel’s exceptional care, concern, and compassion during Joe’s illness.  The family also wants to thank the nursing staffs and CNAs from both the eighth floor and 5 North of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for giving such good care to Joe during his hospitalizations.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Fountain City United Methodist Church beginning at 7 PM, Rev. Cliff Amos and Rev. Tom Ballard officiating.  Burial will be private.

Joe lived his life according to the principle of “do all the good you can.”  To honor his memory, the family suggests that memorial donations be directed to one of Joe’s favorite philanthropies either Samaritan’s Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 ( or Water4, 2405 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 (

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Black family and invites you to sign the online registry below.


143 guestbook entries for “Joe William Black III, M.D.”:

  1. Mark Tumblin says:

    I spent many years and many memories on the drum line with Joe. He was the best at everything he did including friendship. So sorry to see him go so early. My family mourns your loss and prays for your comfort in the good he did his entire life. Blessings to the Black Family.

  2. Daryl and Jan Turner says:

    We were so sad of hearing of Dr. Joe’s death. He was a great doctor for our daughter when she was born 31 years ago. Our prayers go out to the family.

    Dary and Jan Turner

  3. Cindy May Crumley says:

    Monica and family,
    So very sorry to hear about Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. May you feel God’s love and arms around you during this time.

  4. Dewayne Rader says:

    Dr. Joe was a wonderful person and a Great Pediatrician to my two daughters who are now 27 and 24 year’s old. I want to express my sympathy to Dr. Joe’s family. May God bless you during this time of sadness. Dewayne, Tamma, Brianna and Chloe Rader

  5. Tammy and Grant says:

    My heart is absolutely broken. Dr. Joe has been apart of my sons life for the past 14.5 years and to be honest if it hadn’t been for Dr.Joe my son would not be alive due to his severe food allergies he has. Dr. Joe will be greatly missed. Prayers for Dr. Monica and family. Prayers for the office as they move forward. God Bless.

    • Meleigha Kreis says:

      My heart is broken for all this family. He was my doctor for many years, until I came of age and had to change Doctors. I hated the doctor, but Dr. Joe and Monica always made the doctor trips better with their encouragement and kindness they spread everywhere. He will be greatly missed by my family and many more! I pray for comfort and peace to the family.

  6. cindy wilkerson says:

    My heart is broken hearing about the passing of Dr. Joe. Dr. Joe was my doctor when I was a child and has been by boys now for 14 years. Dr. Joe would always ask about my mom who suffered a stroke in 2007. He was the kindest person I had ever met. He will be missed greatly. He was a part our family. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Monica, his family, and staff.

    With love,
    Cindy, Conner, and Colton Wilkerson

  7. Brenda Dugger says:

    To a great friend who had the compassion to love and care for the children all over Knoxville. I worked with him from his first day. There is no other doctor with the exceptional knowledge, love and caring about his kids. The partners and employees will miss a great man. Dr Joe you fought a hard battle and in the end you won. Go rest high on that Mountain.

    • Lisa Suttles says:

      So sorry to hear about Dr. Joe’s padding. He will be missed. God bless all the family and friends and hive them comfort.

  8. Marty and Holly Newman says:

    Dr. Joe was the best! He will be missed by my family as our daughter is one of his current patients. He was always so caring every time we had a visit (sick or well). We pray for comfort for Dr. Monica and his entire family during this difficult time.
    Marty and Holly Newman

  9. Adam & Misty Barnes says:

    Dr. Joe was a compassionate doctor and friend to our children and to us. He was the pediatrician every parent dreams to find. We are heartbroken to learn of his passing, but rejoice that we had the opportunity to know such a wonderful doctor and man.

  10. Robin and Stanley says:

    Dr. Joe was my sons doctor when he was born in 1994. By far the best doctor around. He helped us so much with my son. Prayers for his family.

  11. Becky Farmer says:

    We are absolutely heartbroken! Words cannot express what Dr. Joe meant to my family. He was the greatest doctor I have ever known! Friendly, compassionate, caring, and very knowledgeable are all words to describe him. He truly cared about his patients and their families! I am so glad that he was my boys’ doctor! Lots of love and prayers to Dr. Monica and his children! He was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed!

  12. cathy says:

    I am just so sorry to hear about Dr. Joe’s passing…The community lost the best and most caring,skilled pediatrician they will ever see. He made you feel like family when I took my four children to see him for 26 years. He saved the lives box three of them with his AWESOME diagnostic skills..A true man of God.May God be with his family,work family colleagues and friends. Dr. Joe…You WILL be sorely missed. Cathy,Matthew,Jordan,Cory and Callie Isbell

  13. The Cheek family says:

    Dr. Joe was the absolute best and our daughter Emma was blessed to have him as her doctor. From myself 34 to my cousins to the youngest Emma at 9 months doctor Joe seen us all. Always with hug we were greeted when he walked in the room. Christmas of last year Dr Joe text and asked about Emma bc if the stomach problems she was having. There at that moment I thought what a man. To care enough about my daughter to text us on Christmas Eve. Dr Joe you will forever be missed and always thought of. Heaven truly gained the sweetest soul I’ve ever met. Rest easy Dr. Joe. We love you

  14. Cheryl Hancock Ponder CHS Class of 1974 says:

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I graduated with Jan, and my boys were treated by the Blacks as children. Prayers for all the family. May God give you peace and comfort.

  15. Lisa McMahan says:

    Our family will truly miss him. He was so loving and kind to my children. When Abram had different issues throughout the years (cancer, gall bladder problems and removal, severe digestive issues, and type 1 diabetes), Dr. Joe always met us with smiles, a warm spirit, and kind words. He always spent time making all my kids feel special, loved, and respected. He also spent whatever time I needed answering any questions or concerns he could, taking late calls and never making me feel I was a bother. We are so, so thankful for the loving example of Christ he showed us through some of the toughest and happiest times of our family life. Thank you so much to his entire family for sharing him with all the families so blessed by his calling. Lisa McMahan (Tim, Lisa, Jonah, Abram, and Rachel)

  16. Tim Gillespie says:

    His great humility belied his intellect and compassion. I don’t believe there was a finer example of how to learn and practice pediatric medicine. My heart breaks for Monica and the family. May God grant them peace.

  17. Erin Weaver says:

    Dr. Monica and Family:

    Dr Joe’s smile when he came into work in the mornings was always my favorite! The smiles and hand shakes from his tiny patients all the way to their parents. He would listen to every concern from new parents to worried parents of sick little ones. His compassion and love for children was so amazing! He loved his family so very much and was beyond proud! He loved his job. He loved his staff! Most of all he loved the Lord. We had many conversations about faith, Heaven, and God, and always with smiles! I’m absolutely heartbroken and my prayers and thoughts are with your family as you go through this time.

  18. Roy and April Sanders says:

    We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of this incredible man! He was an amazing docotor to my two children! He made us feel like family everytime he stepped into the room! Prayers for the family! Rest in peace Dr. Joe we love you!

  19. Walter and Tami Adams says:

    We will greatly miss one of the finest Christians we have ever known but we know he is safe in the arms of Jesus. We send our love and continuing prayers to Monica, Laurel and little Robin, Joe, and Grace and Eric. We love you all.

  20. Erin Jacques says:

    The first time I met Dr. Joe I was amazed by his intelligence, kindness, and compassion. I was instantly at ease around him and knew my baby was receiving the best care in the world. He was truly a one of a kind doctor and man. Prayers are with his family as they mourn the loss of this great man. Your legacy will live on in the countless lives you have touched. Including our family.

    Love, Brennan, Erin, Karsyn, and Adeline Jacques

    Shared a picture for Dr Joes family to the Black and Benton Facebook page. That was from September 2017.

  21. Laurie Potter says:

    Dr black was a precious and godly man. He did not have to say a word and yet his love and faith was evident to all. He always had a smile and kind word for us as nursing staff in the nursery. Dr Monica I am praying for you and your family . Hold fast to God; He will hold fast to you.

  22. Jerry and Dawn Worsham says:

    Dr. Joe was the best pediatrician in that he made everyone feel like they were special and important to him. He was always understanding and thorough in all his treatment of our three children, ages 24, 25 and 29 now. Dr. Joe was simply the best and will be missed on this earth, but we have the hope and promise of seeing him again.

  23. April Stallings says:

    Heaven gained a saint whos life work spoke volumes of how kind hearted and caring you were. My kids love you and Dr. Monica. Now you are with the great physician receiving your healing. You are gone but will never be forgotten. I will continue to pray for your family that God will give them comfort thru this difficult time.

  24. Noah D Keebler says:

    Dr. Joe was my pediatrician from birth until just a few years ago. Dr. Joe was a Godly individual who cared deeply for his patients. I am deeply saddened to hear the passing of Dr. Joe, but I am comforted with knowing he is in such a better place. Dr. Joe touched so many lives in our community. Prayers for all grieving.

  25. Misty Convery says:

    Dr Joe cared for our boys at every appointment with patience, kindness and by taking the time for a thorough exam—every time. You could see that he cared about them and about us as a family. We will miss him dearly. The family is in our prayers.

  26. Simona and Nicolae Rujan says:

    Doctor Joe was one of the most caring and awsome human being ,my children absolutely loved him ,they always had fun with him at their visit!We are all heart broken for his departure from this world and we will miss him dearly!!May God embraces his family and keep them strong in these hard times!!

  27. Victoria Bowling says:

    My girls both had Dr. Joe as their pediatrician. We all loved him. He was always so kind and made them feel at ease. Having a pediatrician you can trust is such a blessing. Prayers for all of Dr. Joe’s family.

  28. Sondra Roberts says:

    Monica and family,

    We are so saddened by the passing of Dr. Joe. He will always be remembered as a loving and compassionate man. You all will be in our prayers in the days to come.

    The Roberts family
    Ronnie, Sondra, Taylor and Morgan

  29. Shannon graves says:

    The graves family he was a wonderful doctor very patient and a very good listener we are so very sorry for your loss prayers for your family ❤️

  30. The Sutton family says:

    Our hearts are broken at the loss of Dr.Joe. He cared for my three boys. He lovingly referred to them as the Sutton boys. My son would always say “docor Joe a good man” in the words of a 4 year old. Dr. Joe was absolutely a good man! He always took the time to pay attention to everyone in the room and remembered things about each and everyone one. He will always be remembered as a caring, compassionate doctor and friend. May GOD wrap his loving arms around Dr. Monica and the rest of the family and may they have peace in this very heartbreaking time.

  31. TRAVIS D CHUMLEY says:

    Dr. Monica,
    Our hearts are broken for you. He took such good care of both our daughters with such love. Our oldest daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with liver cancer at just 18 months old. My wife and I will never, ever forget the compassion and genuine concern that Joe had for our precious daughter. She’s 21 years old now and has nearly completed her bachelor’s degree and ready to apply for med school. She wants to be a pediatrician just like Dr. Joe and Dr. Monica…. All of our love and prayers to you and your family

  32. Victoria Bowling says:

    My girls both had Dr. Joe as their pediatrician. We all loved him. He was always so kind and made them feel at ease. Having a pediatrician you can trust is such a blessing. Prayers for all of Dr. Joe’s family, especially Dr. Monica who has also been a blessing to our family.

  33. Marsha Cheek says:

    My heart is saddened for the loss of Dr. Joe. Both my sons were patients of Dr. Joe and when my granddaughter was born I was overjoyed to think that Dr. Joe would also be her doctor. Unfortunately that was for a short time. As a parent and grandparent you trusted him with the most precious things in your life. Dr. Joe would call anytime there was a concern. He always took time for his patients. The Lord welcomed a good man on August 9. I pray that God wraps his arms around Dr. Joe’s wonderful family and that somehow it is a comfort to them to know that Dr. Joe was so well loved and respected.

  34. Juli Hutchison says:

    Dr. Joe will be missed! He was my kids & my pediatrician. Heaven gained a true angel. So sorry for your loss. Sending love & prayers! ❤

  35. Michael Hurst says:

    To the Black family and others:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Dr. Black was such an amazing, kind, generous, giving, talented, compassionate man. He touched the lives of so many whether it was in his practice as a Pediatrician or whether it was just outside of his profession. I pray for comfort to each of you as you try to cope with the loss of a very special human being.

    • Savannah Lawson says:

      Thank you, Dr. Joe, for your many years of caring for , and loving, our children. You were truly one of a kind and will be so greatly missed. Dr. Monica, Laurel, and the rest of the Black family- I am so sorry for your loss. As deeply saddened as I am, I know that it doesn’t compare to the grief you are experiencing. Im praying for comfort and peace for each of you.

  36. Pearl Gaddis says:

    i worked at St. Mary’s (Labor Room)with the Dr. Blacks. A fine family and wonderful doctors. i”m so sad for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for the family!

  37. Missy Fraker says:

    All I can say about this man is good!! He’s such a dear person, doctor and friend. He love his patients dearly!!! He was my daughter’s doctor. My husband went to Dr. Black senior. My daughter had already talked
    To him about taking her future children as patients. I guess God had other plans. Praying for the family!!🙏🏻

    The Frakers

  38. Liza Rogers says:

    My heart is broken tonight as I write this message. You were truly a remarkable man and I will forever hold on to the memories I have of you. I am incredibly grateful for the exceptional care you gave to my son, Abel. You will live on forever in our hearts and minds. RIP Dr. Joe. I am praying for all the family.

  39. Melissa Hayes says:

    I saw Dr. Black as a child and my children saw Dr. Joe and Monica. We loved Dr. Joe. I was diagnosed with Breast cancer when my 3 children were very young. Dr. Joe was even kinder and more considerate to us during that time. He never failed to ask me about my health. He would let us wait in the car before our appointments and someone would wave to us when it was our turn. He didn’t want me to have to wait in the waiting room with my lowered immune system. He always joked and said that I knew my girls were getting sick before they showed symptoms. He always helped me keep down the spred of disease. I never met a more caring person. Didn’t matter if you had the first appointment or the last appointment of the day. He always remembered that we loved animals and always asked about our Boxer. God blessed us all when he sent us Dr. Joe. When I was at my lowest point and not knowing what tomorrow would bring for my family, Dr. Joe was always available to me day or night or holidays. He always gave me peace knowing that my girls had a doctor who loved them and always was just a phone call away. There was just nobody in this world like Dr. Joe.

  40. Trish Williams Booker says:

    To all the Black family I offer my sincerest sympathy. Dr. Joe’s dad was my and my brothers doctor when we were growing up. At age two, my brother became seriously ill. He was hospitalized with an unknown illness. Dr. Bldiligent in

  41. Trish Williams Booker says:

    My deepest condolences.

  42. Tammy Conard says:

    My children Jada Conard and Cameron Conard love Dr Joe dearly. He will be missed so very much by everyone. Prayer for his family .

  43. Tammy Fox says:

    Dr.Monica, I am deeply saddened of the loss of Dr.Joe. He was more than a doctor. He was considered a friend. I always felt comfortable asking anything and he always answered any and all my silly new parent questions. I recommended him to many and all parents looking for a good pediatrician. He is irreplaceable. The most intelligent,kind, and caring person/doctor around. My heart breaks for you all. I am keeping you and the kids and grandchildren in my Prayers. May God give you all Peace, Comfort and Strength during this difficult time and the time to come. He will never be forgotten.
    Sincerely, The Fox Family

  44. Carla Wilkerson says:

    So sad to hear of Dr. Joe’s passing. We had hoped for a different outcome. He was the sweetest and kindest pediatrician. Loved how he kept track of our boys’ favorite foods and colors. Dr. Joe always made sure to talk to the boys and not talk over them. He will be missed.

  45. Wanda Ramsey says:

    Monica so sorry to hear the news of dr. Joe passing. He was a great Dr and so were you. Saw you both with my children years ago. Praying for you and all the family.

  46. Angie Roberts says:

    So sorry to hear this, Dr. Joe and Dr Monica were my daughters pediatricians, my daughter is now 31 years old with children. I myself was a patient of Dr Black and Benton as a child, the best Pediatrician’s around. We love and are praying for Dr Monica and family.

  47. Jane Rutherford says:

    So sorry to hear of Dr Joe’s passing. He lived life well and will be missed by many. Dr. Monica and Dr Joe were our children’s doctors and helped us in many needed times. I was so thrilled when they joined the practice. Thank you for your medical advice and caring concern. Dr Monica and family, may our God hold you tight in the coming days and give you peace and comfort.

  48. Mark & Helen Lacey & family says:

    So sorry to hear this. Good man, good family. My kids went to school with his and Monica’s and was also in Boy Scouts together also. Was their pediatrician when they were babies.
    Just too young too go, but he isn’t suffering anymore. Rest now in God’s arms

  49. Patty North says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. The world is a little less bright today without such a wonderful soul and friendly smile. Dr.Joe truly was a treasure and will be missed by countless people. He (and Monica) began seeing my children almost 30 years ago and was seeing my grandchildren at the time he became ill. I was a very young mother when I first met him. I will never forget how soft spoken and understanding he always was. My heart is absolutely broken for you all. Please know that each of you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with peace and understanding. – mother of Joshua North and Kelsey (North) Hatmaker, grandmother of Layla and Gentry Hatmaker and Jacob Olson.

  50. Jennifer and Jason Rose says:

    I remember the first day we brought our newborn baby in to see him (he is 13 now) and the warmth and compassion Dr. joe showed was unforgettable, not only then but thru all our visits. He was an amazing Doctor to my children. He treated us like friends not just patients. My boys and I will miss him very much. Our Prayers go out to the family. He is dancing in Heaven with our lord now.

  51. John Thomas CHS '75 says:

    I was lucky enough to be on the same drumline with Joe as CHS. He was the best. I cannot express how saddened I was to learn of his passing. He was truly a great person.

  52. Tommy Frye says:

    Joe will be missed by all.

  53. Brandon Poore and Family says:

    So sorry for you loss. Peace that passes all understand be with the entire family. Dr. Black was so important in out lives as bob children and now as parents. A great man that will be missed.

  54. Marion Steele says:

    Dr. Black will always be a very kind, humble and yet strong individual in the Lord to me. I am a pharmaceutical rep and always felt uplifted and inspired just from being in Dr Black’s presence and seeing the energy and inspiration in which he labored and cared for all his patients. I am so glad to have met this wonderful man of the Lord and to have the light of Jesus Christ shine on me through Dr. Black.
    God bless you Dr. Black and God bless your wonderful family during this magnificent time of transition. I will always think of you in the highest of regards. What a friend.

  55. Judy Sullivan says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Dr. Black was a loving and concerned parent at countless school events, a talented musician who gave generously to the community, and a tireless worker in Fountain City. He was always a kind and generous soul. We at Central High School share in your pain. I pray your memories will sustain you. May God be near you all and grant you peace.

  56. Sally and Gordon Sisk says:

    My father, Dr. Robert Lewis, and Joe’s father were close colleagues for many years. Our hearts go out to all of the family. May you find peace in God’s care.

  57. Rita Hillhouse says:

    Dear family thank you for your love and compassionate care for children in our community for many years. Our family will pray for God’s continuing mercy, peace, and compassion. Hillhouse family

  58. Kelly Dixon says:

    Dr. Monica and family, our hearts are heavy from this sad news. He was a wonderful doctor to our 3 children beginning in 1991 (oldest is 27). His wisdom and compassion for his patients and fellow man will always be treasured. Our prayers are with you and your precious family.
    Don,Kelly,Erin,Andrew,Sarah Dixon

  59. Rick & Susan Collins says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all, he will be deeply missed.

  60. Katie Beeler says:

    Dr. Joe was truly the kindest, most caring physician I have ever had the privilege of meeting and also working with. He was my daughter’s pediatrician for the last 7 years and he always provided exceptional care to her. From the first time I ever met him, he remembered every detail about our family. He always called me by name when he would see me at the Women’s Pavilion (where I worked) and asked how my child (whom he also always called by name) and I were doing. When I heard about his diagnosis, I was devastated and I prayed for healing. But the Lord had other plans I see, and he needed him more. I send my deepest sympathies to the entire Black family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget Dr. Joe.

  61. Sal DiGennaro says:

    My Wife and I were introduced to Dr.Joe when our daughter was born. We recognized immediately that he was a wonderful doctor but more importantly, he was a man who lived life sharing his kindness and compassion to everyone. If more people followed his example in life, there would be so much more happiness. He gave excellent care to our daughter and for that we are eternally grateful. We pray that his family, friends and staff will be comforted by his passing. God Bless you Dr. Joe!!!

  62. Rev. Dallas & Joretta Harrell says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Black Family.

  63. Rob McDonald says:

    Monica and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. As friend, classmate (from HS thru medical school), pediatrician to my children and colleague, he will be sadly missed. Joe certainly embodied all we as physicians strive to be to our patients, families and communities. His memory will live on as we continue His good works!

  64. Gina Hunt says:

    We are so sorry for your loss! My girls loved Dr. Joe and are now 20 and 22 years old. We appreciated his smile and tender heart towards his patients. He was definitely used by God to care for children and will be missed. Praying for all of his family whom he loved so much, especially Dr. Monica whom we also deeply love and appreciate! May God give her peace and allow her to continue to be used for His glory!
    The Hunt Family (Dewayne, Gina, Bethany and Kristin)

  65. Gina Mills Thacker says:

    The light of the Lord certainly shined through Dr. Joe. Heaven has gained an angel. Our prayers for peace and comfort for Dr. Joe’s family.
    Sincerely, The Thacker Family- Steve, Gina and Finley

  66. Toni Valentine says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Joe’s passing. I worked in UT NBN for many years and knew Dr. Joe and Dr. Monica. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  67. Shawn,Christy,Easton,Raylan Johns says:

    Our hearts go out to the family. Dr Joe was a good Christian man. God has collected one of his. Our family will miss you. He truly impacted our lives forever.

  68. Valerie Clift says:

    To the Black family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Dr. Joe was an amazing person, full of compassion and empathy, and I will always be grateful for the kindness and care he showed to me and my daughter when we saw him.

  69. Mike & Kristi Tillery says:

    We will truly miss Joe, he was one of the kindest individuals I ever met. He was one of those rare people that when you talked to him, you just felt better about everything, and you could tell he really cared. Just a super special man with a kind heart and soul. We feel blessed to have had such a compassionate man, great Christian, and wonderful Doctor in our lives. We send our love and prayers to Monica and the family.

  70. Robint,Barry,Dakota,Dylan Thomas says:

    I’m so very sorry For your Loss, Dr.Joe has been my boys Pediatrician for 18yrs. He was a very Great Physician.

  71. Don and Linda Barringer says:

    Our sincere condolences go out to the Black and extended families. We are so saddened upon learning about Dr, Joe’s passing. We remember so well when he and Monica joined Dr. Black and Benton Pediatrics. Our children, Melanie and Blake, were so fond of Dr. Joe and of course all the doctors within the group. It’s been many years now since they were patients but they have fond memories. Joe was a wonderful and compassionate doctor

  72. Tami Wells says:

    I’m not sure words can adequately express what Dr. Joe meant to our family. He took care of our boys, all their lives—but his care of Michael, I’ll never forget. I called him the last time in December, to leave word about Michael, that he was in the hospital. And the next morning, through the doors of the ICU he came—to support us, in one of the darkest times of our lives. I’ll never forget his bow tie, his handshake, the knowledge he had, him always being there, always showing up, always calling back, always listening, always supportive, just one of the most patient and kindest spirits I’ve known in this life. Our hearts are broken for Dr. Monica, his family, his children, the staff at his office—our prayers are with them. Mike said to me this morning, “we always felt we were so special, that he would go over and above for us—but, in reality, it was him who was special”. Well done, Dr. Joe, you were such a good and faithful servant. Well done. (And keep an eye out for Michael, for all of your patients there in Heaven, who will be so happy to see you)
    Mike, Tami and Jackson Wells

  73. Angela M. DeLeon says:

    My daughter and I are truly saddened to hear the news of Dr. Joe’s passing. My daughter was a patient of Dr. Joe’s for many years and she loved him dearly and has only happy memories of him. He was one of the sweetest, kindest, and most gentle human beings that I have had the privilege of meeting. Dr. Joe was always smiling and happy to see everyone when he would do his rounds at Children’s Hospital. I miss seeing him there so much.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Monica, the children, family, and extended family. I pray for peace and comfort.

  74. Renita Stinnett says:

    Dr. Monica and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Joe’s passing. My children were patients of him and you; and so was I. He will be deeply missed. He was a wonderful person but especially a doctor that had a wonderful passionate bedside manner. We will keep you and the family in our prayers!

    Renita Stinnett (Parker & Kara)

  75. Ruthie Sloan McLeod says:

    Dearest Monica, Laurel, Joe, Grace, and the rest of your amazing family,

    My heart is heavy for your loss. I’ve known Joe for such a long time and have admired him for the outstanding individual that he was. Heaven gained a sweet angel that will be missed.

  76. Steven Fuller says:

    Dr. Black was my grandsons, Matthew and Jerrod Myers,(now 22 and 20 y/o respectfully) physician from day one and Dr. Joe as they called him saw them through every stage of their infant, child and young adult hood growth, development sicknesses an illness. He was always so kind and fun with “my boys” as well as understanding and empathic with their father my stepson. He will be greatly missed.

  77. Beth Conner says:

    Dr. Monica, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Joe. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know that God will hold you close and help you through this difficult time. Dr. Joe was a very caring, compassionate and amazing individual and pediatrician. He will be missed by all who knew him. I thank God for the time I worked with you all at Drs. Black and Benton and for the time I was able to care for him in the hospital. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Just know he is in a better place. God Bless you all…

  78. Brittany says:

    Dr. Joe was my pediatrician 30 years ago as well as my daughters’ pediatrician for many years. I’m so very sorry to hear that he has passed. When I had my first daughter, he came in and instantly remembered me from my childhood. I always felt reassured by his advice and confident in his diagnoses. I also looked forward to his encouragement as a new mom. His bow ties always made me smile. I’m happy to know that this kind man is with Jesus now. Praying for comfort for his family.

  79. Dr. Jeff Jennings says:

    So sorry to hear of Dr Joe’s passing. A friend and colleague of mine for many years. So many of our mutual patients absolutely adored him. He made such a profound impact on so many people. He will be missed.

  80. Jan Bishop says:

    I’m truly sorry to hear about Joe’s death. He made the world a better place to all who were blessed to know him. My prayers are with your family.

  81. Michelle and Kevin Clupper says:

    Monica, Laurel, Joseph, and Grace,
    I wish there were words we could say to each of you right now to heal your hearts… Praying for strength that only God can give, because while we don’t grieve like those who have no hope, the missing is so very hard. How thankful we are to have known your husband and daddy.
    Love to each of you.

  82. Doug and Connie Arnold says:

    The Black family have been our neighbors for many, many years. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  83. Carlotta Suzette Stinson says:

    We’re so sorry to hear of Dr. Joe’s passing. He & his wife, Monica were our son’s pediatricians. Ryan Chase was always treated with the utmost care possible. We’re so thankful for all of them & the excellent care he received. We’re praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  84. Melissa Lay (Brady & Grayton Nichols) says:

    We send our deepest condolences to Dr. Monica and family. Dr. Joe will always be remembered by my children and I by his sweet and happy demeanor and his awesome bow tie! Praying for a blanket of piece and comfort to cover you all at this time.

  85. Kelsi, Jared, Nolan, and Quentin Laverdiere says:

    We love you Dr. Joe. You are one of the most special people we have and will ever meet. You served others. My boys love you and pray for you every night. We will continue to pray for your family. Thank God for your soul.

  86. Glaze Vaughan says:

    First impressions are indelible. I knew at our first introduction that I was in the presence of great man & servant leader. His kind demeanor, gentle spirit and infectious smile radiated from his heart. He will be missed by many. Rest well brother Joe.

  87. Karla Smith says:

    Dr. Joe had taken care of both of my children since their birth. They are now 20 and 17. He was a very caring individual and always made me and my children comfortable and at ease. The world has lost am amazing caregiver and individual. Prayers and comfort for his family and godspeed to you Dr. Joe. You will be missed. Thank you for all you did for so many.

  88. Kathy Irwin says:

    We are praying for your family, Dr. Monica. My husband and I never “signed up” for special needs parenting, but Dr. Joe walked with us every step of the way, and some steps were very hard. Even at age 24, Dr. Joe continued to care for Joel and his brother, Nathan. We appreciate every sacrifice to provide the amazing medical care your family and practice has provided. He will be greatly missed. Joel has talked all night about Dr. Joe being in heaven. We will see him again, we know. We are praying for you and your family. Kathy Irwin

  89. Mike, Nina and Clint Roberts says:

    We loved Dr. Joe! He was a very special doctor! Prayers and deepest sympathy to Dr. Monica and the family.

  90. Brenda Miracle says:

    My deepest sympathy to Dr.Joe’s family! He was such a good doctor. He noticed my son’s soft spot was closed at birth. So it had to be surgically opened at the age of 4 months, so his brain had room to grow! I’m so thankful that Dr.Joe caught that. He was one of a kind and there is no other. Rest in peace Dr.Joe!

  91. Brandi Rood says:

    Thank you for sharing Dr. Joe with so many. He was a precious man and a wonderful doctor. I can’t express how grateful we are that he was our daughter’s doctor for 21 years! Praying for the family and for all those whose hearts are broken by his absence.

  92. Betty T Rule says:

    My heart and sympathy are with my friends, the Black family

  93. Erik Rose says:

    Dr. Black was my pediatrician growing up. He was always cheerful and made a nervous little boy feel a little more at ease. To the family of Dr. Black, I am truly sorry for your loss. The world lost a great man.

  94. Danette Welch says:

    I’m so very so sorry to hear about Dr. Joe! He and everyone at Black, Benton, Teaster, and Phillips have always been so kind and taken excellent care of my girls.

  95. Kristin Brown says:

    Dr Joe wasn’t our regular pediatrician but we were fortunate enough to see him on occasion when my girls were sick. He had such kindness about him and was an excellent physician. He always called later to check on them and make sure everything was going well. He will be dearly missed. Love and prayers to his family, Chris Kristin Madison Mackenzie Brown

  96. Margaret Carver says:

    It was a pleasure knowing and working with you.

  97. Derek Jones says:

    Dr. Joe was a wonderful anchor in my world…someone I knew cared for my son’s health as much as I did, and went above and beyond multiple times over the years to ensure they got the help they needed. Every time we saw him, he would walk in the room with the warmest smile and kind greeting to both my sons and “Dad”. God Bless Dr. Monica and the rest of the family, and know that a whole lot of Knoxville is praying for you.

  98. Veronica, Joe, Andrew & Aaron Carson says:

    We are heartbroken to hear of Dr. Joe’s passing. We know that God worked through Dr. Joe and heaven has gained an angel. Dr. Joe was such a wonderful blessing to our family and words cannot express how much we loved and will miss him. He was our sons doctor for over 20 years. He always was so patient, kind and understanding.
    Our prayers are with Dr. Monica and their family. May God comfort you all. Love and prayers.

  99. Bill, Melissa and Riley Kolak says:

    We are heartbroken with the news of Dr. Joe’s passing. He and Dr. Monica are my daughter’s pediatricians since birth. He was compassionate and caring with all his children(patients). You could see that he truly loved his work and the children. There will never be another pediatrician like him. The world has lost a true hero but heaven is rejoicing in his homecoming. My prayers go out to Monica and her family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  100. Lori Snapp says:

    Dr. Black, Dr. Monica and his father Dr. Black, all so respected by our family. So professional but such a genuinely caring physician. Prayers for his precious family.

  101. KATIE LAMB says:

    Dr. Joe was truly a blessing in every sense of the word. Even though I’m now 30 years old, I’ll never forget his kind, calm, comforting demeanor as a child. I was never afraid to come to the doctor’s office- rather, I looked forward to it. I always considered Dr. Joe a friend. He handled every situation with patience and answered every question/concern with grace and empathy. He loved others as Jesus loved us and used his gifts to the benefit of others… a truly wonderful man. The world has lost one of its best. Although I am heartbroken to hear of his passing, I’m comforted knowing he was surely met by a joyous crowd of all those whose lives he touched at the gates of heaven. Dr. Joe changed my life. I’m forever grateful. Well done, good and faithful servant.

  102. Greg and Heather Hooks (The Hooks' children) says:

    Our hearts are saddened to hear of Dr. Joe’s passing. Dr. Joe was truly one of a kind. It is rare that you find such a caring doctor that would take the time to call you personally and check on your ill children. We could not have asked for a better pediatrician for our three children. At first, my son would scream at the top of his lungs the entire time Dr. Joe examined him, but after a few years, Dr. Joe was his buddy and my son would talk his head off until he left the room. Beyond his charismatic personality, kindness, and dedication, I do believe Dr. Joe was a child of God and we can all have peace in knowing that he is at rest in Jesus’ arms and one day we will reunite. Our sincere prayers are with the family. May you find comfort through God’s grace.

  103. Billy, Lori, and Lucas Duncan says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of Dr. Joe. He will be greatly missed by many. He was a very passionate man and our son’s pediatrician for 17 years. Prayers for Dr. Marsha and family.

  104. Fallon Buchanan says:

    We will miss Dr Joe immensely. He was my children’s pediatrician since birth. I will never forget the compassion and care he gave to them. I appreciated the time he took to explain things and make sure I was ok with the plan he had. My kids were devastated to hear of his passing. Prayers for his family and friends.

  105. Nishi Parikh says:

    So sorry to hear about Dr. Joe Black’s passing. Truly a remarkable human being who had nothing but positive comments from anyone who knew him.

  106. Nishi Parikh says:

    Truly sorry to hear about Dr. Joe Black’s passing. Truly a remarkable human being who had nothing but positive comments from anyone who knew him.

  107. Kevin and Donna Lamb says:

    We met Dr Joe at a prenatal class when I was 6 months pregnant. We knew immediately that he would be our baby’s doctor. He had a special way about him that gave confidence to this new mother-to -be. We drove 60 miles and would have traveled more because he was the best. I always knew my children were in his capable loving hands. 30 years later , they are grown but we will always remember the best doctor around. All the love sent and we will see you again someday in heaven.

  108. Linda Z King says:

    My heart is heavy with you in your grief. This is familiar territory for me now, and I know how difficult this passage is for all of the family. Joe was such a solid part of the community, not only as a pediatrician but an example of Christian manhood. His legacy is great, touching so many lives, guiding parents and others in life and faith. I have been praying for you all for several months. I will continue to support you and pray God’s comfort and his grace to sustain you. Blessings unnumbered be yours, now and in the days to come.

  109. Pam Lindsey says:

    Today, Dr. Joe is in the presence of the Great Physician reaping the benefits of a life well lived. As i read through the tributes posted here, the common denominator in all of them is that Dr. Joe loved God and his fellow man deeply and he gave of himself, always. I was so blessed to reconnect with the Black’s many years after our meeting one another while members of The Pride of the Southland in the late ’70s. We have very special memories of times together and lwill always love you dearly.

    Monica, Laurel, Joe and Grace, we have prayed faithfully for each of you as you have walked this difficult path and will continue to pray that God heals your hearts and envelops you with peace that passes understanding. The road ahead is not easy, but God’s grace is sufficient; He will uphold you and will never forsake you.

    Our deepest condolences,

    Pam Lindsey
    Dewayne Stainback

  110. Mark, Renata and Michael Waldrop says:

    We were devastated in hearing of Dr. Joe’s illness then passing. His always caring for Michael from the visit in the hospital when he was born to always asking about school, band and scouts and keeping him on task on earning his Eagle. We could not have asked for better doctors in him and Dr. Monica.
    Our prayers for the family.

  111. Ed Wallace says:

    Monica and family,
    I am saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. You and your family are in mine and Nancy’s prayers. I had known Joe since Kindergarten. We played football together at Gresham and were in the same classes from 7th grade through UT. Both Nancy and I were at your wedding. He was the best friend I could ever ask for. We will miss Joe so very much.

    Ed Wallace and Nancy Hunter

  112. Karen Moulton and family says:

    Sorry for dr. Joe’s passing, he took care of our 3 kids.he always remember their names if he saw us out anywhere. I’ll never forget if I passed him in hallways of children’s hospital he would always ask how they were doing. He will be greatly missed.

  113. Brooke Summers says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Joe passing away. He was my four children’s pediatric doctor. He helped with my son’s cancer diagnosis four years ago. He was very caring and always spoke as a Christian. I am so very sorry for the families loss of such a caring man. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers will be with his family.

  114. Lola Heck says:

    Sorry for your loss & prayers for the family. I remember Dr. Joe Wm. Black III, M.D, as a little patient of Dr. Leon J. Willien, M.D. We called him “little Joe.” Dr. Willien an Orthopedic Surgeon corrected Little Joe Black’s club feet. He was a beautiful and good baby. We at Dr’s. Inge, Willien, & Crumley’s office always looked forward to when his father, Dr. Joe W. Black, Jr. & wife brought him for his appointment. R.I.P.

  115. Mick Reyda says:

    Thank you for being the best doctor around to take great care of our kids Wes and Ashlyn Reyda! Rest In Peace Doc!

  116. Cheryl Parry says:

    Dr.Joe Black was such a great doctor and a great guy. He was very talented and had a great personality. He also did so much work for St. Paul United Methodist Church. He was greatly loved by so many and highly respected.He will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to the black family.God Bless!

  117. Susan Mintz says:

    Dr. Joe was our kids pediatrician for many years. We loved him!!! He was an awesome doctor and a generous and thoughtful person! I am so sorry to hear of his passing! I will be praying for the comfort of his family!

  118. Denise Griffin says:

    Monica and family,
    Joe was one of my HS classmates, so I knew him for decades. From reading these condolences, I can tell that he touched thousands of lives. He definitely touched mine. Joe was ALWAYS kind and non-assuming with a ready smile on his face. My mom and dad (St. Paul Methodist church) thought very highly of Joe and you and your children. My prayers are with you.
    Denise Green Griffin
    Class of ’76

  119. Eileen Combs says:

    Joe was my percussion student when I first arrived in Knoxville to teach Instrumental Music, and I would meet him at Sterchi after school. I knew then that Joe was an outstanding young man gifted with many talents. There are so many of us touched by Joe throughout his years of selflessness. Blessings and prayers to his dear family,

  120. Mike Morton - PIP Network Manager says:

    I was jolted when I heard the news of Joe Blacks quick passing. I don’t believe that I will ever know another man in his profession who was so kind and so giving and so relentless to help others.

    I loved to see him in his bow tie, whenever I had the chance to visit the clinic…..such a sharp and exceptional mind. He will be greatly missed by the folks at Partners in Pediatrics. He always supported our organization and the pediatric community. My heart goes out to Dr. Monica and the family. Please contact us if we can be of service to you or the family.

  121. Connie (Sachs) Mroz says:

    Dr. Joe Black took great care of my children when they were little and we had first moved to Knoxville. He was always very caring and compassionate. He had a great sense of humor, too. I knew that no matter which Dr. Black they were seeing (Joe, Jr., Joe III or Monica), my children would receive excellent care. They are now grown and married with children of their own. Thank you, Dr. Black, for caring for my children.

  122. Mark Graber says:

    So sorry to hear, my thoughts and prayers are with the Black family. Rest in peace

  123. Dale Dyslin says:

    To: The Shirley & Joe Black, Jr. Family

    We love you and share your sadness in the loss of your precious son. From all we read, we know he was a kind, caring person as well as a great physician. May God’s love and power support you and all your dear family through this life-changing experience.

    Sincerely, Bobbye & Dale Dyslin

  124. Roy and Mitzi Wright says:

    Our family is truly grateful for the privilege of having Dr. Joe in our lives for the last 18 years. For my children, he was there from the very beginning. He cared for them with gentle, loving hands and always treated their new parents with patience and respect. The warmth of his personality overcame any fear or concerns we had and his smile was always contagious. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. The world will certainly feel the void. We hope in time, his family and staff will find comfort in knowing his memory is cherished by many. Sharing in your sadness, The Wright Family (Roy, Mitzi, Riley, Regan)

  125. Pastor Robert H.& Dr.Jacqueline Sherrod says:

    Thank you Dr. Joe for the wonderful care of my daughter, from 1 week to 22 years. You will be greatly missed, to the Black family please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. “Well done good and faithful servant”

  126. Stacey Jenkins says:

    Joe was not only a good doctor. He was a good person. The first word that comes to my mind is kind. I remember how kind he was to my daughter at the funeral home when my mother died. He could have just spoken and gone on but he sat down with my daughter and just talked to her since she was having a rough time. I will never forget that. Joe will be missed greatly.

  127. Eileen Weber says:

    I’m so sorry to learn about Dr. Joe. When I was a young mom, we took our first-born to Drs. Black (Jr.) & Benton; but as our brood grew to three (Rick, now almost 35; Michael, now 32; and Katherine, now 29) and Drs. Joe and Monica joined the practice, we saw them more often than the senior partners. What a delightful and kind duo they were! With prayers for peace and comfort for all the family and loved ones.

  128. Caleb Brothers says:

    I met Joe when I was a Boy Scout in troop 25 in Fountain City. He was a very involved parent and helpful to the troop, especially when we needed physicals for summer camp. From reading everyone’s notes his generosity and involvement in the lives of others extended far beyond the glimpses of his life I saw.

    God be with and comfort the family.
    Joe will be missed.

    Caleb Brothers – Troop 25

  129. The Munsey and Ramsey family says:

    Dr.Monica and family, we are so sad to hear about Dr.Joe’s passing.He was the best Doctor to my children and my grandchildren. All of our prayers are with you and the family.

  130. Eric, Val, Austin, and Connor Arnold says:

    We loved Dr Joe. He was our boys doc and a steady force of comfort and care to our family as we raised them . Words cannot express our sorry of his passing. It is a blow to our city and our local community. We will miss him and his little giggle and kind way. He was a diamond among us. God Bless the Black Family

  131. Melanie & Rhett Priode says:

    To Monica and all the family. May God’s love be evident in many forms as He provides comfort in the following days. Remembering how your decision to change your course of study produced so many ripple effects to our area. He was a gem. Hugs to all.

  132. Whitney T. Wilson says:

    What an amazing man of God and doctor. I will never forget him as my boy’s dr nor will I forget him praying over my son in the hospital. He will never be forgotten. May God bless his family during this time and always.

  133. Jim and Nellie Shanks says:

    Dear Dr. Monica,
    Nellie and I were deeply saddened to learn that Dr. Joe had died. We extend to you and the entire family our sincere Christian sympathy. We will most assuredly remember you all in our prayers.
    Your friends in Christ,
    Rev. Jim and Nellie Shanks
    Former Pastor, St. Paul UMC-1998-2001

  134. Julie Armes says:

    I was a patient of all three his father, him, and his wife. I will truly miss him; he was a wonderful doctor and cared for his patients. I pray for peace for the family during this time.

  135. Teresa Herndon says:

    The nurses of St. Mary’s and Physcian’s Regional Medical Center enjoyed working with Dr Black. He was always a gentleman. We never saw him lose his temper or treat us badly. We loved his upbeat attitude and professionalism. He gave such great care to unnumberable babies. We grieve the loss of Dr Joe Black in our community. We are sorry for your loss.
    Teresa Herndon

  136. The Wilkinson Family says:

    Dr. Joe has been such a blessing to our two children over the past 18 years. There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

  137. Wanda Russell says:

    Monica and Family,
    May the Holy Spirit comfort you and your family today and in the days to come.
    May the peace of Jesus fill your hearts, mind and Spirit.
    Dr. Joe was such a kind and compassionate man with a beautiful smile on his face everything I saw him. I know he will be greatly missed by all but he left a beautiful testimony of example for us all.
    With continued prayers

  138. Donna and Larry Edwards says:

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss….We will keep your family in our prayers as you go through this difficult time

  139. Donna S Hall says:

    Oh, Dr. Monica and family,
    I was out of town during Dr. Joe’s Celebration of Life Service. I want you to know I felt very close to both of you as you always welcomed me when I brought the Porter/Stout children for their visits(sick or well). You both are truly amazing doctors and he will be greatly missed!! You are not only doctors, but friends as well! I will continue to pray for your strength and that God will wrap your arms around you and provide you strength. I
    pray for your family as they continue their lives without this great man. All of this, I pray for you.
    Donna Hall (Gammee)

  140. The Scott family says:

    Dr. Joe was such a sweet and caring person to our girls , he always took time to call even on weekends to check on them when they were sick, my oldest always called him Dr. Jo Jo she took his passing very hard he meant a lot to her . Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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