Alumni Papers: Max Ray Joyner Sr. Papers

University Archives #UA90-40
Joyner, Max Ray, Sr.
Physical description
8 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
[Item description]. Max Ray Joyner, Sr. Papers. UA90-40, Box [number]. University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
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The Max Ray Joyner, Sr. papers include awards, speeches, financial records, general correspondences, photographs, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and post cards from 1940-2018.

Biographical/historical information

Max Ray Joyner, Sr. was born in 1931 near Greenville, NC in the Red Oaks neighborhood. He attended Greenville High School where he met his future wife, Catherine "Kitty" Smith in 1949. After graduating high school, Joyner enlisted in the US Army in 1951 and was shipped overseas to serve in the Korean War. He was discharged from the military in September of 1952 at which point he returned to Greenville and enrolled at East Carolina College. Three years later he graduated with a degree in business administration and soon thereafter began working for Jefferson Standard Life Insurance. For nearly four decades, Joyner held the position of regional agency manager until retiring in 1995.

Throughout his business career, Joyner has remained dedicated to supporting the students, staff, and administration at East Carolina University. He is a lifetime member and past president (1979) of the Pirate Club and a former member (1985-1993) and past chair (1988-1990) of the ECU Board of Trustees. Joyner is also a founding member and former president of the ECU Foundation (1982) and former president of the East Carolina Alumni Association (1976-1977). He has served on the board of directors of the ECU School of Business and on the Honors College Advancement Council (2011-2014). The Joyners were also active members of ECU's major philanthropic groups, including the Leo Jenkins Society, the Order of the Cupola, the Order of Wright Circle, and the Polaris Society.

Joyner's success in business enabled him to become one of ECU's major benefactors. In 1987, he endowed one of the first scholarships for the EC Scholars program at ECU, creating the Max R. and Kitty Joyner Scholarship Award. They have also given generously to the College of Nursing to establish a scholarship for nursing students. The Joyners also funded the first endowed chair at the ECU Medical Foundation, the Catherine and Max Joyner Distinguished Professorship in Primary Care Medicine, in 1994. He also endowed the annual Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service through Distance Education in 1991. They have also supported the Four Seasons Chamber Music Series and the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series and are members of the ECU Friends of Music, the Friends of Theatre and Dance, and the Friends of Joyner Library.

East Carolina University and the City of Greenville have on many occasions recognized and awarded his exceptional leadership and generosity. In 1974, Max Joyner became the first alumnus honorary member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business honors society chapter at ECU. The ECU Alumni Association also presented him with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1981. The North Carolina Jaycees named Max Joyner the "Outstanding Boss of the Year" in 2009, and two years later he was presented with the ECU Honors College Advancement Council Award. At the state level, Max Joyner was appointed to the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the highest honor a North Carolinian can receive, by Governor Pat McCrory in 2014. A year later, both he and his wife (Mrs. Joyner, posthumously) were awarded one of ECU's most prestigious honors, the ECU Alumni Association's Virgil Clark 1950 Distinguished Service Award. In 2016, Joyner received the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year award for his contributions to regional progress and advancement. Chancellor Cecil Staton awarded Max Joyner with the Chancellor's Amethyst Award on April 19, 2018 in recognition of his dedication and generosity towards the university. Most recently, Joyner was honored with the Thomas Jordan Jarvis Medal, ECU's most prestigious award, at the Order of the Cupola event on April 11, 2019.

Scope and arrangement

This collection contains the personal and administrative records for Max Ray Joyner, Sr., an East Carolina University alumni and former Board of Trustees member. The bulk of the Joyner papers consists of correspondence and financial papers related to the university, although the collection also contains a considerable quantity of photographs, newspaper clippings, and other printed material pertaining to ECU and Greenville, NC.

The first series in this collection includes photographic and visual materials related to Max Ray Joyner, which have been organized into three subseries. The first subseries contains photos pertaining to the functions/events (1971-2017) that Joyner was involved with on and off campus, such as the ECU and UNC Board of Trustees, ECU Alumni Association programs, EC Scholars receptions, university commencements, building naming and award ceremonies, state politicians, and former chancellors. The second contains pictures from Max Joyner's military service (1951-1952) during the Korean War including photographs of his platoon, tank station, and various personnel (including Korean and Chinese civilian workers) that were stationed at the base in Kumsong, Korea. The third subseries contains the personal photographs of individual people, birthday celebrations, vacations, and events relating to Max Joyner's family (1940-2010).

The second series encompasses the physical awards (1971-2012) that were bestowed upon Joyner for his contributions to both the university and Greenville. This includes recognitions of service to ECU, awards for sponsoring organizations in Pitt County, and Chancellor's Society memorabilia. This series also contains printed materials (1975-2017) related to the various awards and recognitions Joyner has received including general correspondence, copies of newspaper/internet articles, event programs, and paper certificates.

The third series contains the topical files, both personal and administrative, of Max Ray Joyner from 1976-2018. This includes biographical material about Joyner and his wife, Catherine "Kitty" Joyner; correspondence, programs, speeches, and articles regarding events Joyner attended such as Richard Eakin's inauguration as chancellor, honors society inductions, awards ceremonies, speeches to the Board of Trustees, and dedication ceremonies; endowment reports and correspondence related to the scholarships, fellowships, and awards that Joyner funded at the university.

The fourth series contains newspaper clippings and printed materials (1925-2018). Topics include scholarship ceremonies, military veterans, ECU Board of Trustees, building naming ceremonies, Greenville city council, and university receptions. There is also a copy of the "ECTC News" from 1925 and religious texts from the Presbyterian Church.

Administrative information
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Related material

This collection is a part of Faculty Records.

Key terms
Personal Names
Joyner, Max Ray, Sr.
Corporate Names
East Carolina University--Alumni and alumnae
East Carolina University. Board of Trustees
East Carolina University. College of Nursing
East Carolina University. Honors College
East Carolina University. School of Business
East Carolina University. School of Nursing
ECU Pirate Club
Korean War, 1950-1953

Container list
UA90. ECU Alumni Luncheon, 1977
UA90. ECU Alumni Association, 1978
UA90. Board of Directors, ECU School of Business, 1975-1980
UA90. Max Ray Joyner with John Howell and unidentifed group, 1975-1985
UA90. Max and Kitty Joyner with First EC Scholar Recipient, 1987
UA90. Best Wishes!, 1990
UA90. ECU School of Medicine Commencement
UA90. ECU Pirates Club, Atlanta Chapter, 1996
UA90. Max and Kitty Joyner, Chancellor's Society Gala, March 8, 1997
UA90. ECU Scholars Reception, April 4, 1997
UA90. Max and Kitty Joyner with Duncan "Launch" Faircloth, 1997
UA90. Kitty with Walter Jones Jr. and unidentified politician, 1998
UA90. Harker's Island, NC, Aug. 2000
UA90. Max and Kitty with Walter Jones Jr. and unidentified politician, Sept. 2000
UA90. Kitty Joyner with a group of women, September 14, 2001
UA90. Max and Kitty Joyner with Duchess Sarah Ferguson, May 4, 2010
UA90. "Women for Women" Luncheon, May 5, 2010
UA90. Max Joyner at Camp Lejune, 2010
UA90. ECU Alumni Distinguished Service Award Dinner, 2016
UA90. ECU Homecoming Parade, 2016
UA90. Max Joyner Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Lab Ceremony, July 20, 2016
UA90. EC Scholars Dinner, 2016
UA90. Honors College Reception, Max Joyner and Haley Manning, September 15, 2017
UA90. Max Joyner, Richard Eakin, and Jo Ann Eakin at Unknown Event, 2015-2017
UA90. Governor Jim Martin, 1985-1993
UA90. Senator Jesse Helms
UA90. Max and Kitty Joyner with Jesse Helms
UA90. East Carolina College Faculty 1959
UA90. Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery Naming Ceremony, 2007
UA90. Max R. Joyner Receives the Thomas Jordan Jarvis Medal, April 12, 2019
UA90. Catherine Joyner with her grandmother, April/May 1940
UA90. Kitty Joyner in 9th Grade, 1944-1945
UA90. Kitty in 10th Grade, 1945-1946
UA90. Max and Kitty in High School, 1949
UA90. Max and Kitty Married, 1950
UA90. Joyner Children with Governor Terry Sanford, October 1963
UA90. Kitty Joyner, 1970
UA90. Max Ray Joyner Sr., 1980
UA90. Max Ray Joyner with family, July 1991
UA90. Max and Kitty with two unidentified women, October 8, 1997
UA90. Joyner Family after Board of Trustees Meeting, 1990-2000
UA90. Max, Kitty, and Family at ECU Game, 2000-2010
UA90. Undated Joyner Family Photos
UA90. Biltmore House Lily Pools, Asheville, North Carolina
UA90. Jump-Off Rock, Hendersonville, North Carolina
Box 3 Max R. Joyner East Carolina University Clock, undated
Box 6 Circle of Champions: Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County, 2011-2012
Box 5 American Heart Association: Silver Heart Sponsor, 2000
Box 5 The Huebner Personal Sponsorship Committe Award, undated
Box 6 Leo W. Jenkins Society Coin
Box 3 Life Membership Award in the East Carolina University Pirate Club, undated
Box 5 Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival of Eastern North Carolina Concert , 2002
Box 8 The American College of Life Underwriters Degree, 1971
Box 6 The Order of Wright Circle: The Old Austin Society, 1981-1983
Box 5 The Greater Greenville Community Foundation: Legacy Award, 2008
Box 7 Records for Awards and Recognitions, 1975-2019
Box 7 Biographical - Max R. Joyner, 1976-2018
Box 7 Biographical - Katherine Joyner, 1998-2013
Box 7 Events Attended, 1978-2018

Includes materials about events where he attended as a speaker or a guest but the event was not in his honor.

Box 7 Honors College Scholarship, 1986-2018
Box 7 College of Nursing Scholarship, 2002-2018
Box 7 Endowment Reports for Scholarships, 2003-2017
Box 7 Faculty Service Through Continuing Education Award, 1999-2018
Box 7 Distinguished Professorship in Primary Care Medicine, 1994-2017
Box 7 Endowment Reports for Faculty Service and Primary Care, 2004-2017
Box 7 Off-Campus Involvement, 1984-2018
Box 7 Other Campus Involvement, 1996-2018


UA90.40.05.01 Evelyn Fike Laupus Exhibit Gallery Naming Ceremony