Michael “JoJo” Greene


Michael Phillip Greene, born on May 30, 1940, in Charleston, West Virginia, to Earl Greene and Rebecca Green-Wynn, passed away on February 14, 2024, at his home in Columbus, Ohio.

From his early years, Michael’s mother imparted lessons about the nature of God, fostering a profound personal connection with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Michael diligently expressed his prayers in writing each day, cultivating a wholesome
relationship with God that endured steadfastly throughout his life.

Known affectionately as “JoJo” to those who encountered his vibrant spirit in Charleston or Oberlin and as “Michael” to those in Columbus or L.A., his warmth and kindness left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. His presence was a beacon of love and care, his heart expansive and his spirit generous.

Michael’s culinary skills were legendary, especially when it came to his signature mac and cheese dish. A master chef in the kitchen, he delighted family and friends with Sunday and holiday meals. Beyond the kitchen, Michael’s intellect shone brightly. He was curious about everything and had a knack for using eloquent language. You were always guaranteed to learn at least one new word through his letters and conversations.

An artist at heart, Michael adorned his home with his captivating artwork and photographs of family and friends, showcasing his keen eye for beauty and creativity. His passion for the arts left a visual legacy of his artistic soul. Michael attended Oberlin High School in Ohio and pursued higher education at Talladega College in Alabama, where he studied Sociology, nurturing his curiosity about society and human behavior. His quest for knowledge and understanding shaped his worldview and fueled his desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those he encountered.

From coast to coast, Michael made his mark in the various cities he called home and touched the lives of many with his kindness, wisdom, and love. Michael leaves behind a legacy of love and family. He is preceded in passing by his mother and father, stepbrother Sydney Wynn Jr., and sister-in-Law Mary Wynn-Mayle. He is survived by his sons Andrew and Sean, daughter Ebony, granddaughter Ashley, grandsons Sean, Phillip, and Jerome, great-grandsons Cameron and CJ, and many nieces and nephews. Though he may have left this world, his spirit lives on in the hearts of all fortunate to know him.

In remembrance of Michael’s remarkable life, let us cherish the memories we shared and honor his legacy by embodying the same love, kindness, and passion for life that he so beautifully exemplified.

Rest in heavenly peace, dear Michael, Father, Uncle, Cousin, and Friend. You will be forever loved and remembered.

Visitation 3:00 PM and Memorial Service 4:00 PM Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Chapel of Peace – East, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. LIVINGSTON AVE.

Condolence Messages

  1. Mr. Greene was simply amazing and I send my prayers with Drew in this time of need! 614-251-0249.

  2. Latoshia Starks-Oshodi

    My “Guy” you will be missed. Drew your in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in power JoJo

  3. Drew ,
    Your dad was a giant amongst men .
    You have been a shining product of his love and caring .
    He leaves behind legacy thru you that is so amazing .
    You have my prayers for love and peace in this time . He will be missed .
    Jill Poole

  4. I’m so sorry he’s gone. I called him my boyfriend, because he liked to flirt n tease. He always wanted you to come back and visit with him, I didn’t get a chance to make it back for that friendly smile n talk. I’ll miss that. See you later my boyfriend, until we meat again it was such a pleasure meeting and talking with you. Much love ur girlfriend Abby ❤️‍

  5. Sincere Condolences and Prayers to Drew Green and the family of Mr Michael JoJo Green.

  6. Father has watched me grow up. He has always been in my corner. Even though his condition worsened he always asked how I was doing that’s how unselfish he was. And his 3 favorite words were I LOVE YOU. I love you Father!

  7. Drew and family I’m so sorry for your loss, may God continue to give you comfort and peace, now that he’s resting peacefully.. Love you Drew always, Danielle Saleem ❤️

  8. Brittany Williams

    I must say I have met a lot of great people in my life and he was definitely one of them. So sweet and caring he will truly be missed. I send my deepest condolences to the family

  9. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Uncle Mike, or came into his presence, felt his unconditional love! He paid attention, effortlessly lifted your spirits up if needed, and always made you feel like the most special person in the whole world! I always thought this was exclusive to me (because I was his favorite and most loved nephew, ha ha)! Well, that’s what it felt like being with him, always. I grew up, and learned that so many others were lucky enough to have that same or similar experience that I did – this is just how he was with so many people he cared about! His loveliness and kindness was never ending. That is of course unless you were on his bad side, which you would want to be!

    I’ll always remember how you used to say “Saa Laa Maa Beese”, and we would die cracking up laughing! Love and miss you Uncle Mike!!

    Drew, you are in my prayers, you know i love you. Anything you need cuz!

  10. Mechelle Marteina

    My condolence and prayers to the family Mr. Green used to be my neighbor. He was one of the kindest, sweetest man that I knew. Love the Marteina family.

  11. Edsel L. Hocker, Jr. Ed.D.

    You have been a permanent fixture in my life, especially during my early childhood years…You were like a brother to my Mom…I remember that you, your Mom, and my Mom shared living space…You had the ability to handle my hyperness and all the shenanigans in which I So aptly engaged…You were the Pied Piper then and well into my adult life! You have been a family member of unique status…wit…intelligence…and empathy…You have contributed to the person I am today and I am So grateful our paths crossed! Thanks for making life well worth living…RIP

  12. Edsel L. Hocker, Jr., Ed.D.

    I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to you, Drew, and to a multitude of family and friends!
    Drew, your love and devotion to your Dad is admirable, to say the least! It takes a special human being to care for another in need of constant care! I feel that God has a special place for those that sacrifice So much to care for another…You have been a blessing to your Dad and to others…Your “Village” offers love and support during this stressful time in your life…Peace

  13. Kathleen Chambers

    So many memories are what we have of Joe.
    His lovely smile, warm hugs,and saying” How are you.” He always made you feel special in his presence. Jo extended his kindness to others always. Upon dropping Lisa off at OSU for school, Howard and I dropped by to see jo,
    to let him know Lisa was starting school. Jo
    Said don’t worry about her I am here, I will look after her. He always did. I will forever miss my long time friend but we have had a lot of memories. Drew you are in my prayers and thoughts, you have been a good son.
    I love you .

  14. What a great love of a Father and Son. All you had to do is watch the two of you, and you could feel the love and unbreakable bond. Inspiration is what comes to my mind. Thank you, for allowing me to witness the love of a Father and Son.
    May God continue to walk with you!
    Rest in Paradise “Pop’s ” LOVE Y’ALL ❤️

  15. Uncle Jojo ❤️

    I can’t express how grateful I am for the love and support you’ve shown me throughout my life. You were more than an uncle; you were a guiding light who helped shape me into the woman I am today. Your selflessness and dedication to caring for our family will always be remembered.

    You had a remarkable way of touching the lives of others, extending your kindness and compassion to everyone you met. Your impact went far beyond our family, and I’ve witnessed firsthand the positive influence you had on so many people. Your legacy of love and generosity will continue to inspire me and others for years to come.

    Although it’s difficult to say goodbye, I find solace in knowing that you passed on Valentine’s Day “ the day of love “ knowingly love is all that you gave out Your unwavering commitment is a testament to your character and the depth of your heart.

    As we honor your memory, I want to express my deepest gratitude for everything you’ve done for me and for others. You will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I will carry your lessons of kindness and compassion with me always.

    With all my love,
    Baby sis ❤️

  16. Coach Doug Edwards

    Sending my condolences. Pops was loved and he knew it. He will forever be smiling in our minds. Prayers to the family. And Many many Thanks to Drew for all you did and continue to do.

  17. It was my honor to call him Father!
    He will always be the sweetest part of my heart! Shown by your excellent care and dedication to him you, You are the Best Son ever. Father will be forever loved.

  18. To The honorable family of Mr.Michael Green my heart hurts right now! Mike was The greatest friend l knew . Then l was trying to put my book together he was The one person helping for hours put it together to finish it .Without mike it would have not been gone! He’s dedication to me as a friend l will not ever forget ! He was the true friend that comes once in a life time! (There are no words to describe him ! ) Drew!! You are bless to have him as your father !! Because l told him once l feel like he was mine too ! Miss you mike Green , God bless you Drew and The family !

  19. My condolences Mr.Green was loved by many and will be truly missed by everyone who knew him what was it not to love about him He always put a smile on my face I will forever remember Michael Green…Drew I send my love my prayers are with you and your family may you find comfort in this time of grief

  20. Dan (Danny) Johnson

    Dear Drew and family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your dad, Uncle JoJo, Mr. Greene. I remember meeting him in 1987 when you came to Oberlin. I will always remember Mr. Greene as a kind, humble, articulate, caring father, who led by example. Drew, you are who you are because of your dad and what he instilled in you.

    Your unwavering dedication and selflessness in caring for your dad over the years is a testament to the incredible son you are. Your devotion and sacrifices have undoubtedly made a profound difference in his life, providing comfort, love, and laughter through the challenges of his condition.

    My friend, my brother, your strength and resilience in being there for your dad, especially throughout his illness, are truly admirable. Your kindness, patience, and unconditional love have undoubtedly brought him immense comfort and peace.

    I send my deepest condolences to you, my brother, and your entire family. May your belief in God provide you comfort in these times of deep pain. Drew, please know that your dad is no longer in pain and he is another guardian angel looking over you and your entire family. Rest well, Mr. Greene, and keep smiling.

    As you navigate through this painful time of loss, please know that you are surrounded by love and support throughout Oberlin – from the Class of ’88 and beyond. If there’s anything I can do to help lighten the burden you may feel, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

    Drew, please know that I’m here for you, whenever you need a friend, a brother, or someone just to talk to.

    May God comfort you and grant you peace. Also, please find solace in the cherished memories you shared with your dad, and may his spirit continue to live on in the love you carry in your heart.

    You have been an amazing son!
    With deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences,

    Your brother in Christ, Dan Johnson

  21. Dearest Drew,
    May God in Jesus name continue to bless you above and beyond measure. You were the example of unconditional love. The care with which you cared for your father was my Thomas guide for the care of my late mother and currently my aunt. I love you brother. Thank you for sharing your father’s life with us all. Love and respect, blessings and prayers…

  22. Dear Uncle Drew,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time as we learn about your father’s passing. We will always cherish the heartfelt videos you shared with us over the years. Your steadfast and inspiring love for him will be greatly missed. Adjusting to this new chapter without your daily routine will take time, but please remember that we are all here to provide support. Just know that I am only one call away.

    With love,

    Sommer Green & Family

  23. I never met your father personally but,I met the man when I met you. His traits,his diligence,his care his spirit. I admired the way you took great care with him. I am grateful for his life because he created you. Thank you for sharing him with us and giving us a reason sometimes to smile when describing his antics.
    Hes a great man and he left evidence of his greatness…You.
    God will give you comfort,be encouraged.
    Rest well Sir.

  24. Prayers to you and your family in this difficult situation

  25. Drew,

    I love you and uncle JoJo. I will always cherish the time we shared together and the great memories we created. You honored Uncle JoJo and I enjoyed the pictures and updates on Facebook. Prayers to you cuz. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  26. Chuck Tapscott

    Love Mr. Greene your great man always been there for Drew & Me I moved to Columbus, OH in 1996 from Detroit & met u thru your son Drew & you’ve always encouraged me to do & be my best Love u sir We had good times & a few bad instances You,Me,& Drew,but we all stayed close I miss u man it’s hard writing this ,Rest in Power Oh I didn’t forget the Chardonay White Zifandel ❤️ smile Love Chuck

  27. Starlet Evans

    Dear Uncle Michael,
    Thank You For Loving All Of Us . I Have So many memories of Us going to Hollywood Strip and laughing our Hearts Out .
    Uncle Michael Green
    I Love You

  28. Dr. Laurence Eugene Sr. & Elect Lady Dolorus Nevels

    To Drew and the Greene Family:
    “Family is Forever” and is very important. On behalf of the Nevels Family–Elder Joseph and Marie Nevels who once pastored Christ Temple Church in Oberlin and S. Bishop Laurence and Dolorus Nevels who serve as Servant Leaders at Christ Temple and parents of Lisa ‘Ladybug’ Nevels who passionately loves Drew and Uncle JoJo, we send this Condolence of Comfort. Our families have been Divinely connected through the years and will continue to love and serve one another as taught in I John 4:7-8

  29. Tracey Wilson

    Drew — thank you for sharing the love you had for your dad with us all. Many of us came to know and love him from your daily posts and pictures. I’ve never known a man so selfless. The care and loving ways you had for your dad was so inspiring and undeniable. I know he’s looking down on you with so much love and thankfulness. He will be truly missed and I’ll continue to keep you lifted in prayer for your new chapter in life. I love you, my friend, and truly have so much respect for you. God bless you and your family in this very difficult time. May he rest in paradise.

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