Joe Gaines Black, age 82, of Copperas Cove, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. No services are scheduled.
Joe was born on December 27, 1935, in Cherokee, Oklahoma to the late Gaines and Maxine Coulter Black. He joined the United States Navy in February of 1955 and served for 20 years. During his time of service, he was chief of communications and served on the space recovery team. After his retirement, he worked for several years offshore in communications.
Joe is survived by his companion of 20 years, Joan Rondot; children, Katherine Johnson, Shirley Fields, Gary Slater, Gillian Steenson, Heather Duggan, Patricia Jeffries, Joseph Black; a cousin, Kenya Wallace; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.