Joel Bryan Whitesell, 65, passed away Monday, February 27, 2023 after an 18 year battle with cancer. He will be cremated in Phoenix, Arizona where he and his spouse, Jesus Salazar, had their home for the past 20 years. A Celebration of Life will be held for him in Phoenix and Greensboro, NC in the near future. Joel was born May 24, 1957 in Greensboro, NC to Howard and Fannie Whitesell.
Joel graduated from Southeast Guilford High School and Guilford Technical Community College with a Business Degree. Joel was retired after a career in sales and customer service primarily with Harmon Printing and US Air.
Joel enjoyed his friends, home projects inside and out, cooking, travel, and living life!
He is survived by his spouse Jesus Salazar; sisters Sonja Whitesell and Priscilla Kearns, Priscilla’s spouse Bob Kearns; brother John Whitesell, II, John’s spouse Eric Armentrout; 2 nieces Ashley Kearns Neal and Rachel Whitesell Pittman, their spouses David Neal and Stan Pittman; and 1 nephew John Whitesell, III, his spouse Kate Whitesell; step-sister Lisa Horney Sinclair and spouse Robert Sinclair; 3 great nieces and 4 great nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents John Howard Whitesell, Sr. and Fannie Holt Whitesell and step-mother Helen Horney Whitesell.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to America Cancer Society.