Married to Steven J. Greene, Sr.; two children: Jessica, 20, and Steven Jr., 18.
Occupation: General operations manager, partner PJG LLC; owner, The Royal Oaks Events Facility, Maryville.
Joyce Greene is covered in green. As a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Blount County, Joyce is helping the club with their holiday-themed fund raiser. The general operations manager at The Royal Oaks Event Facility is selling wreaths and other greenery for the club.
Joyce first saw the work of the Boys and Girls Club while serving on the allocations committee for United Way. “When we visited the facility, I was blown away by how well the operation worked, and the services they offered the community. At that point I offer to be on the board and have been on there ever since.
“The wreaths are gorgeous,” says Joyce, “and they smell great. Everyone needs at least one in their home.”
To purchase a wreath, call Joyce at the Royal Oaks Events facility at 865-681-3492 or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Blount County at 865-982-3830.
Here is Joyce Greene:
What was your first paying job?
“When I was in high school in Halifax County, N.C., I was a teacher’s assistant with the Head Start Program during the summer. I loved playing with the children, but at the same time, it made me appreciate what teachers contribute to our future.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Well, I’m pretty compulsive, but if I had no restrictions on cost, there are numerous things I would do. I would love to jump on a plane and take all my friends and family to wherever they have always wanted to go. Or, buy everything on everyone’s list for Christmas. Or, go to New York or Chicago on a shopping spree. Or get on ‘Dancing With the Stars!’ Or get the wish lists from all the social services agencies and fill them. Or build a new ‘master wing’ onto our house.”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“I have always wanted to be a country music singer.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My favorite material possession is our home. I love our new home. We’ve been here about 11 years now. It was Harwell Proffitt’s home, and I still call it Harwell’s house. We are gradually making it our own, but it will always be Harwell’s house to me. After we signed the contract to buy and before we moved in, he would call me to show me all the things that were blooming in the yard and in the garden and give me instructions on their care. Sometimes, I think he is still here.”
What are you reading currently?
“ ‘You! The Owner’s Manual.’ I’ve been reading it for about a year now, off and on.”
What’s your favorite all time song?
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“There were many - FDR, Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Mother Teresa, Rockefeller, Gandhi. But perhaps the most influential was Henry Ford. He made it possible for the average Joe to own an automobile. He was responsible for the assembly line. The assembly line changed the dynamics of all industry.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“My most embarrassing moment was while walking to class at ETSU during the winter months, and I tripped on the curb and fell into the street. All my books went sprawling into the street. I was rolling over grabbing my knee, all the while in front of many, many students, as well as the car that had to slam on breaks to keep from hitting me. I might add that Steve Greene was with me, and very strongly encouraging me to ‘Get up.’ He was holding out a hand for me to grab.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Unpredictable. I like to do things for the surprise.”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“An Indian Princess.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I would probably change a lot of things - I would be taller, insightful, smarter, more forgiving, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound.”
What is your passion?
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“I would love to have another long lunch with both of my grandmothers. They were very wise ladies, and now that I am ‘grown,’ I have a lot more questions.”
What do you hate?
“Losing things, dishonesty, liars, thieves and disloyalty.”
What is your all-time favorite movie?
“The Wizard of Oz.”
What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“John Jake’s series beginning with ‘The Bastard.’ I never liked history in school, and have always regretted that. These books brought it all to life.”
Would you travel in space?
“Yes, if I didn’t have to be confined to one small space.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I would like to visit the ‘Roaring Twenties.’ the Elizabethan times and pre-Civil War America.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My engagement ring.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Don’t believe anything you hear, and only half of what your see.”
Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“Yes. Not sure I remember, but I think it was for running around a building that was prohibited.”
Who is your hero?
“My daddy and my momma. When we were growing up I remember my daddy wrapping us up in blankets he had warmed on the stove. My dad was a farmer, and we had cows, chickens and hogs. By the time I was in high school, we had moved into a new home my daddy had built. He worked hard, and momma was right there with him. They were a great team.”
What was your first car?
“A Volkswagen Beetle. In high school, the guys would hide it from me. They would move it - without keys. And, that doesn’t mean that they would jump-start it. They picked it up.”