Joe was one of the finest gentlemen I ever had the privilege to know. I was an incredibly irresponsible young man when I attended school at MTSU, and he was very patient, but unforgiving as my instructor in the music department, which is just what I needed. It wasn't until just a few years ago, i was able to find and contact him and let him know how important he was to me. I'm glad I was able to make that contact, and that he was able to forgive my youthful misbehavior. He was quite a guy, and no doubt will be missed.