We have said farewell to Joe Back and a feeling of finality still dwells with his family. I have been asked to
prepare this obituary and a very similar version was read at his funeral in October, 2002 in Mt. Orab, Ohio, where
he is buried.
Joe Back married my oldest sister, Lucille, when I was just a little boy in the fall of 1959. He was “one of the
family.” Joe was born on March 28, 1938, in Letcher County, Kentucky, to John and Eva Back. He had seven
brothers and two sisters. Custer lives in Rineyville, Kentucky, Lee lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, Willie lives in
Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Hobert died in May of 2003. Howard, Earl, and Evert died as babies. Joe’s sisters
are Elma Eldridge of Somerset, Kentucky, and Laura Caudill of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Joe left the mountains as a young man to earn a living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He fell in love with Lucille Fields and
they were married on August 22, 1959, by her grandfather, the late Elder Beckham Fields. They remained
together through famine and prosperity; through the good times and the rough times; in sickness and health. They
lived most of their lives together in Ohio.
Joe and Lou’s oldest child, Brenda Sue, is married to Willie Butts and lives in Ohio. Brenda has two sons,
Donnie and Jessie Lytle. The second daughter, Frances Ann, is married to Rick Hall and lives in Florida. They
have two sons, Aaron and Andrew Hall. Joe and Lou’s son, Robert Dale, lives in Ohio and has two children,
Brittany and Brandon. There is also a special little girl that Joe called his adopted granddaughter. Joe and Lou
babysat her for a long time and loved her very much. Her name is Katie Jordan.
Joe worked long hours for several years at Electro-Jet Tool Company in Cincinnati. He loved farming and
tractors. A few years ago he became disabled and could not work. He and Lou moved to Florida where he died
October 18, 2002.
Many years ago Joe started going to church and traveled to many different churches in several states. He
especially loved to attend the annual association meetings. He made many special friends on these trips. He got
saved and joined the Northern New Home Church in Goshen, Ohio, in 1983. He was a dedicated member and
loved his brothers and sisters in the church.
While we have feelings of finality, we also have feelings of excitement for Joe. Since June, 2002, he had been
very sick and amazed doctors more than once when he continued to live after they said he was going to die, but
that suffering and anxiety is over now and Joe is at rest with the Lord. We are excited for the joy we believe he is
experiencing, and it is eternal. There is no finality there. I am sorry for my sister and the family but I am happy
Written for the family by a brother-in-law, Elder Jim Fields