Joseph Arthur Greenwood (Joe) passed away very peacefully on Thursday, October 2, 2008, at Piedmont Hospital from complications due to cardiac arrest. Joe fought a valiant battle for many years against HIV/AIDS. He dedicated himself and his work to helping those who were struggling with HIV/AIDS. Joe was his own strongest advocate in this battle he fought. Joe has left a legacy of hope, tenacity, and valor.
Joe 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. Joe worked and lived in California for a short period of time, but he found his true calling when he came to Atlanta. He was a courier for awhile, and was then employed by Rollins, Inc. as a computer programmer until he retired and went on disability. Through Joe's life with HIV/AIDS, he worked at Atlanta's AIDS Survival Project where he devoted much of his remaining life. He served as the AIDS Survival newsletter editor for quite some time, and then worked as a counselor. He had a deep passion for THRIVE weekends and Heart Song Retreats. He loved speaking out about his own struggle and survival to encourage others. He also worked with many other HIV/AIDS support and research groups.
Joe is survived by 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 stepsiblings, 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; Darrell Wilson of Eugene, Oregon, and his son Niles Nicola and daughter Rachel Nicola of Cheney, Washington; an aunt Ann Williams of Crown Point, Indiana, and a cousin and his wife, Gregg and Barbara Williams of Merrillville, Indiana; 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.
Joe is also survived by many close friends who supported and loved Joe through many difficult days. They are Guy Giumento of East Point, Georgia; Matthew Mitchell and Rosser Shymanski of Atlanta, Georgia, and Philip Bahr of Connecticut.
Joe 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, Indiana.
The family of Joe Greenwood would like to thank the following doctors: Dr. Mark Tanner and his nurses, Gloria Beam and Brenda Bay; Dr. Anna Kalynych; Dr. Karen Martinelli; Dr. Sheldon Shore; Dr. Patrick Battey; and Dr. Carlos Lopez; and the many nurses and support personnel at Piedmont Hospital.
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 Joe's life will be held in March 2009 in Atlanta.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to one of the following: Atlanta Botanical Garden or AIDS Alliance for Faith and Health.