Clayton Resident Receives UMO Lifetime Achievement Award

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association recently presented Billy Kornegay, from the Class of 1966, with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award was given during the Alumni Awards Ceremony held in Rodgers Chapel.  The event was part of the University’s Annual Homecoming celebration. Kornegay resides in Clayton, NC.

Kornegay was born and raised in Mount Olive and was a member of the last graduating class of Mount Olive High School. After attending the University of Mount Olive, he served our country as a member of the US Air Force Reserve. In 1979, after working in several other positions, he started his own company, Eastern Wrecker Sales, which he still runs today.

Kornegay has continued to serve his community as a member of several local boards and has served on the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Board of Directors since 1982. Kornegay has served on the UMO Foundation Board since 2013, a position in which he has been a tireless advocate for the University.

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