Joel Allen Greene, age 72, of Fort White, Florida, formerly of Lake Asbury, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the Malcolm A Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida with his wife and daughter at his side after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. Joel was born February 14th, 1949 in Decatur, Tennessee to Charles A. Greene and Catherine Rae Greene, née Hardin. The family moved from Tennessee to Alachua, before settling in Gainesville.
An avid motorcycle enthusiast and long-time member of various vintage motorcycle clubs and groups, a musician and guitarist, storyteller and a die-hard sci-fi connoisseur, Joel graduated from Gainesville High School in 1967 before enlisting in the Air Force, serving two tours in Thailand during the Vietnam war before being honorably discharged. After earning his associates degree at what is now Florida State College in Jacksonville while working night shift, he was employed as an avionics electronics technician at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NADEP) for 40 years before retiring and moving to Fort White with his family in 2015. Through various social media channels, he was able to connect and share his stories and knowledge with a wide network of friends and former colleagues, collaborate and shoot the breeze with fellow motorcycle devotees, and helped shine a light on people, places and events that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ann, and is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sandra Ann Smith Greene, daughter Kathryn Lenore Greene, and brother Pete (Charlotte) Greene of Melrose. He also leaves behind a legion of friends and former co-workers from around the world who mourn his passing.
A celebration of his life and accomplishments to be held by the family will be announced at a later date, and interment will be in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in his name to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/). Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES and guests are encouraged to leave their messages of condolences on their website guestbook (https://milamfh.com/condolences/)