Retired Army Col. Halford R. Greenlee Jr., 69, a specialist on the Middle East who served on the Army general staff and with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died Sunday at the Community Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla. He had cancer.

Col. Greenlee, who was in North Africa, Sicily and Italy during World War II, was assigned to the general staff and than to the joint chiefs.

In the 1950s, he served two tours of duty as a military attache in Turkey. He also was a military attache in Egypt and at the same time was accredited as an attache to Libya and the Sudan. He was a graduate of the Army War College and held a master's degree in Middle Eastern affairs from George Washington University.

After leaving the Army, Col. Greenlee worked for the North American Rockwell corporation in Washington. He retired a second time in 1972.

He lived in Alexandria until 1977, when he moved to Punta Gorda, Fla. One of his hobbies in retirement was motor boating on the Potomac.

Col. Greenlee was the son of a Naval officer and was born on a hospital ship on Olongapo Bay in the Philippines. He attended McKinley Technical High School in Washington during a period when his father was stationed here and graduated from the Severn School in Severna Park, Md. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1935 and was commissioned in the artillery.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit.

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline, of the home in Punta Gorda; three sons, Halford R. III, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jason M., of Boulder Creek, Calif., and Frank N., of Blacksburg, Va.; two brothers, Edward M., of New Oxford, Pa., and David L., of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Elizabeth G. Oehmann of Chevy Chase and Ruth Ann Halicks of Paducah, Ky., and two grandchildren. Another brother, Navy Lt. A. W. Greenlee, was killed in World War II.