Condolence & Memory Journal

i played basketball against joe he was all state and great i played for evergreen park just found out about joe he was nice in high school to us sorry joe tom class 1983

Posted by tom mckeating    June 09, 2021

Joe- I knew him
I rode the bus with him
I laughed with him
I watched his basketball and loved his laugh
He will always be remembered fondly
What a positive force

Posted by Lisa maylath kempf    December 28, 2020

He was my chiildhood friend and a good person.
We play basketball and hung out together i remember going over to his house talking to MR. MUDDY WATERS about music and life his family and my family were one of the first to people of color to own a home the Hargrove's in Westmont.
I remember when the rolling stones came to his house .
He was always joe never to busy to take my call or never to big to be kind Rip my friend

Posted by Dr. Loranza Meadows - Phenix City, AL - friend   December 23, 2020

Loved to come see you play. You were always so friendly. I know you and your Dad are jamming in heaven.

Posted by Judy Harrigan    December 17, 2020

I was called to South Elementary school office when I was 9 to meet Joe and show him around. We became and stayed friends,swam in each other's pool's, played, laughed, lost touch after high school. He was a great boy and I'm sure he was a great man.

Posted by Cricket Kristie Schmidt - Friend   December 17, 2020

Joe and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Westmont. We went on to be close friends and B-Ball teammates for several years. He was a good person with a wonderful smile. We spent many days together swimming in his pool and on the B-ball court. May God rest his soul. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Bob Porter    December 16, 2020

Our sincere condolences. Absolutely shocked to hear the news that morning. We just texted to each other on Thanksgiving. So many great memories of Joe watching him play in high school and also on stage. Playing his album every day. Will miss Mojo in Westmont.

Posted by John Dispensa - Friend   December 15, 2020

So sorry

Posted by Miriam and doug Fisher - Park ridge, IL - Acquaintance   December 15, 2020


I was like many devastated when I heard the news....shocked i fell to the floor. Joseph was one sweet, loving and caring man to me. I feel blessed to have known him. We were the best of friends. He always kept in touch with me daily to see how i was doing. I still look at my phone to see if there was a message...sadly no. I have always known such beautiful blues music would come from Joseph, he was so talented. He admitted sometimes he would sing in the shower. Most importantly prayers and my condolences to his Wife, family and all that he called his friends. I will never forget him. He will be forever in my heart.

Posted by carol williams - kenosha, WI - Friend   December 14, 2020

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around this sudden loss. I had the fortune to spend time with Joe at South School when he moved to Westmont from Chicago. We had the luxury of reconnecting through Facebook and in person when I attended one of his gigs back in Westmont more recently. As recently as a week before his untimely death, we were sharing stories 'about the good ol' days at South School'. His star was definitely on the rise and my only solace is knowing that he was as happy as I had ever seen him; new marriage, new grandson, #1 song in Chicago Blues. You've left an adoring public floundering in your wake.

Posted by John Beehler - Naperville, IL - Teacher   December 14, 2020

It was with great shock I read Jo's obituary, in our own way we were very close to Muddy's family. I pass the house that these children lived in with their Dad and Marva and think of Jo, Renae and Muddy every day because I live around the corner. They all remain forever in our hearts.

Posted by Sandra Haimann - Westmont, IL - Friend   December 14, 2020

My sympathy and condolences to the Morganfield family,friends, and fans...

Posted by Keith Kinkle - Austin, TX - acquaintance   December 14, 2020

I'm so sorry for your sudden loss. I was in shock when I heard the news. Joe was such a kind individual. He will be missed. Prayers to Joe's wife and family.

Posted by Fred Kozik - Westmont, IL - Classmate   December 14, 2020

Sending prayers and condolences to to Joe's family. I could never ask for such a Great friend, and am more than grateful and feel privileged to to have known him! Rest in Peace My Friend. The world has suffered a Great Loss.

Posted by Larry Karesh - Hayward, WI - Friend   December 14, 2020

My sincere condolences and prayers being sent and said for all his family and friends! I will never forget running with Joe and our friendship

Posted by Kelli Hammond-Spatafore - Ann Arbor, MI - Friend   December 14, 2020

Joseph You made this world shine bright with your kind soul!

Posted by Tason Thompson - Surrey - Friend   December 14, 2020