Joyce Stanton Greene begins each
day with a prayer, just as she did
that morning last May when she
suddenly realized something was
After being rushed to the emergency
department at FirstHealth Moore Regional
Hospital, she was taken to Chapel Hill
where the doctors warned her family that
“it didn’t look good.”
Twenty-four hours later, she was
undergoing brain surgery. Joyce doesn’t
remember much of the weeks that followed,
but her prayer was surely answered.
“Father, I am well aware I can’t make it
on my own. So take my hand and hold it
tight for I can’t walk alone.”
When Joyce returned to her home at the Country
Club of North Carolina, she was overwhelmed by the
outpouring of love and support. “I am blessed with
friends,” she says.
Within a few months, she was fully recovered. “The
first place I went after my recuperation was a Moore
Regional Hospital Foundation Board meeting,” she says.
For two decades, Joyce Stanton Greene has contributed
her time as a volunteer at Moore Regional Hospital,
and as a board member of the Hospital Auxiliary, the
FirstHealth Hospice Foundation and the Moore Regional
Hospital Foundation. Through her philanthropy, she has
made a true investment in life.
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Born in Pennsylvania, Joyce Stanton
moved to Essex Fells, N.J., when she
was 17. She modeled “for fun” at
Bamberger’s Department Store in Newark,
and landed on the cover of the magazine
published by her new employer, Fidelity
Union Trust, the largest bank in New
“I was a little clerk during the war and
then receptionist,” she says.
But she was “in the right place at the
right time” and soon began working for
the president and CEO. By 1977, she was
an “executive on the move,” after being
named an officer of the holding company,
Fidelity Union Bancorporation.
“I worked very hard,” she recalls. “I was always selling
for the bank—encouraging the local garbage man to get
a loan for a new truck, suggesting a new grandfather
open a savings account for his granddaughter or
introducing someone to our executive officer that
resulted in a million dollar trust account from our
She also found herself in a position to help fellow
employees at the bank. When she found inequities in
raises, vacation time or retirement benefits, “I would
get on my soap box,” she says, and the policy would be
In 1980, Joyce was seriously injured in an automobile
accident and spent the next year in and out of the
hospital. After 39 years with Fidelity Union, she retired
in 1981. She and her husband of 18 years, Hugh Logan
Kerr, moved to Southern Pines where they bought the
Longcope property (adjacent to what is now Belle Meade).
Hugh continued working as an executive in the sales and
marketing division of William A. Force and Company and
planned on retiring in five years when he turned 65.
“We had just come home from Europe,” Joyce
says. “Hugh thought he had bronchitis, but he was
diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus.”
Joyce was his caregiver until he died in 1987, short of
his 65th birthday. They had been married 24 years.
“He was a truly beautiful human being,” she says.
After Hugh’s death, Joyce sold her home and moved
to the Country Club of North Carolina, where she met
Braddock Greene, a widower.
They were married in 1993.
Eight months later, he was
diagnosed with myelodysplasia
“We really lived after he was
diagnosed,” Joyce says. “We
went on cruise after cruise.”
Brad continued to walk three
miles a day, and played golf
and croquet. “He had such a
positive attitude,” Joyce says.
The day before Thanksgiving
1997, Joyce and Brad went to
the Outer Banks to celebrate
the holiday with his family. “He
couldn’t even play nine holes of
golf,” she recalls.
The next day, he returned
to Moore Regional Hospital for transfusions. Five months
later, in April 1998, Brad died
a few days after entering the
FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care program and just
two days shy of their fifth wedding anniversary.
Giving is the investment in living that pays the
dividends we need: health and happiness.
Joyce has become a tireless advocate of FirstHealth
Hospice as a member of the Hospice Foundation Board
and with her philanthropy. In memory of Hugh Logan
Kerr and Braddock Greene, she donated one of three
special suites at Moore Regional Hospital that offer
a warm and loving place for families to be with their
loved ones in their final days.
Her contributions to the FirstHealth Hospice
Foundation were recognized, in November 1998, at
the fourth Women’s Health Care Forum, when she
was named a Woman of Distinction. “She is a shining
example of the evolution of Hospice philanthropy,” says
FirstHealth CEO Charles Frock.
In 2000, through the gift of a charitable trust, Joyce
established the Joyce Stanton Greene FirstHealth
Hospice Chaplaincy Endowment Fund. The fund
supports Hospice chaplains who are trained in a
clinical pastoral education to assist patients and
families—as well as Hospice staff and volunteers—with
nondenominational spiritual counseling that is available
at any time of the day or night.
“Those who can go and be
with people who are dying
are a blessing,” she says. “To
me, grieving is tough. I have a
note that I got after Brad died
from Pam Hudson, the Hospice
chaplain at that time, that I’ll
Joyce continues to support the
Foundation, most recently with
a contribution to provide Andy
C. Kiser, M.D., the equipment
for his pioneering work in the
development of a procedure
that corrects atrial fibrillation.
She has also made generous
gifts to other organizations
that are close to her heart: the
Sandhills Children’s Center, a
private, non-profit day school
for young children who have
mental handicaps, sensory
impairments and other developmental disabilities;
Pinetree Enterprises, a private non-profit organization
that was established to provide training, placement,
coaching and support to adults residing in Moore
County who are challenged by developmental
disabilities; and the Village Chapel of Pinehurst.
What you give away is the only wealth
you will always have.
“I am very conscious of the plight of others, and
I want to do whatever I can within my power to be
helpful,” Joyce says. “God has been good to me, and I
want to give back.”