Joe was born 3/16/58 in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. At the age of 4, his family moved to Melbourne, Florida and
then at age 9 to West Palm Beach, Florida .
He attended grade school, high school and a community college there.
Then went on to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
At age 14 Joe joined the Civil Air Patrol. At 17, he landed a job at the
airport with Aircraft Service as a ramp agent handling the bags for
United and National Airlines. He would have to clean the aircraft
interiors getting to see the pilots as well as being able to look into
Joe knew that flying jets was the fun career for him, he so he enrolled
in the aviation program at Palm Beach Junior College and began private
flying lessons at Tilford Aviation. He was fortunate to get a job as a
Load Master on a 44 seat airplane, FH-227.
Two years later he was the First Officer at 20 years old. Then at 22, he
landed a great flying job with a private jet charter company. He became
a captain there at 23. Joe got to fly some very wealthy and famous
people including passengers like Tammy Wynette, Brenda Lee, Jack
Nicklaus, Lady Bird Johnson, Arthur Ashe, John Glenn, Jerry Reed and his
favorite, Jimmy Buffett.
In 1984 Joe was hired as a pilot with Piedmont Airlines, now US Airways.
On July 6, 1985 he married his long time sweetheart, Kelley. In early
1988 Joe was upgraded to a Captain. Joe and Kelley�s first daughter,
Laura Lee, was born in April of 1992, and second daughter, Tara Nicole,
was born in May of 1995.
On Sunday, December 1, 1996 the aircraft Joe was flying in with his
family developed a mechanical problem causing the engine to lose power.
The plane impacted with the ground in a violent nature as he barely
cleared a tower. Joe was The Soul SURVIVOR! His injuries were severe so
his life took a dramatic twist.
Joe has been happily married to his new wife Carol since September of
As a result of the accident, Joe is on medical long term disability from