He was born in Dowagiac, Michigan.
He was a graduate of Gainesville High School and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He was a courier, then he was employed by Rollins, Inc. as a computer programmer until he retired. He then started working at the AIDS Survival Project. He served as the Survival newsletter editor and then was a counselor. He worked with many other agencies that dealt with AIDS Research and Support for HIV/AIDS individuals.
Survived include his mother, Jane Greenwood of Duluth, Georgia; his father and stepmother, Gordon and Priscilla Greenwood of Gainesville, Florida; two brothers, Richard Greenwood of Duluth, Georgia, and Donald Greenwood of Norcross, Georgia; two step-sisters, Kimberli and Greg Webb of Walker Minnesota and children Richard Carter and Sabbastian Wilson-Webb of Walker, Minnesota; Priscilla Wise of Gainesville, Florida, and stepchildren, Samantha Knudsen of North Carolina, Erin and Corry Knudsen of Gainesville, Florida; two stepbrothers, Randall Wilson of Gainesville, Florida; and Darrell Wilson of Eugene, Oregon, and his son Niles Nicola and daughter Rachel Nicola of Cheney, Washington; an aunt Ann Williams of Crown Point, and a cousin and his wife, Gregg and Barbara Williams of Merrillville; an aunt and uncle, Melody and Larry Coffey of New Orleans, Louisiana, and a cousin and his wife, Shannon and Christiane Coffey of Metarie, Louisiana, and their children Erika, Jaden, and Sarah Grace.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charlotte and Roy Williams of Linton, Indiana; and his paternal grandparents, Annette and Arthur Greenwood of Jasonville.
Joe requested that his body be cremated and ashes spread at a beach north of St. Augustine, Florida, at a time to yet be determined. A celebration of his life will be held in March 2009 in Atlanta.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to one of the following organizations: Atlanta Botanical Garden (www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org); AIDS Alliance for Faith and Health (AIDSAllianceATL.org) and AIDS Survival Project (AIDSsurvivalproject.org).