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Joseph Arthur Greenwood,
1959-2008

October 8, 2008

Joseph Arthur Greenwood, 1959-2008Joseph 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.

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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.



  
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