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Joy Hall Namesake Honored During Greenville College Homecoming

Joy Hall Namesake Honored During Greenville College Homecoming

Joy Hall, the largest and oldest men’s residence hall on the Greenville College campus, will receive a new addition to its main floor lounge during Homecoming weekend, October 17-20: a plaque honoring its namesake, Walter A. Joy. The display will be unveiled on Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. in a ceremony open to the public. The unveiling comes as part of the hall’s 50-year anniversary.

The plaque recognizes Joy’s significant contributions not only to the College, but also to the City of Greenville as a businessman, community leader and longtime president of Bradford National Bank. Greenville College President Ivan Filby, members of the College community and current students will join in the celebration of a life well lived and the legacy of a supportive brotherhood that helps its members succeed.

Joy arrived at Greenville College as a prep student in 1892 and stayed to complete his college education. He was a founding member of Octavo Merrimo, an association of classmates based on “congenial friendship, mutual helpfulness and the highest ambitions and worthiest endeavors in life.” Joy’s rich experiences over eight years at the College compelled him to pen its Alma Mater.

Today’s Joy Hall residents, commonly called Joy Boys, carry on the tradition of comradeship. “Joy Boys share a bond and brotherhood with one another,” said Isaiah Barnfield, coordinator of residence education for Joy Hall. “Joy Hall consistently produces student leaders that become resident chaplains and student association leaders.” Residents of Joy Hall also carry the highest grade point average among all male residence halls.

Joy Boys engage in various activities throughout the year to meet qualifications that earn them standing as Joy Lettermen. “Through programming, Bible study, and service, we try to release the potential that Joy Boys have for leadership,” Barnfield explains.

That potential has deep roots in a heritage that goes back more than a century to the original Joy Boy, Walter Addison Joy. Beginning October 19, Joy Hall residents will have an ever-present reminder of Joy’s spirited determination to make the most of his college years and his encouragement of others to do the same.

This story was published on September 27, 2013

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