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2018-1-3

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Transitioning to a Free Senior Circle Program

Emporia, VA – Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) is transitioning its Senior Circle program from a paid membership to a FREE Senior Circle program, beginning in 2018.

The hospital has sponsored a local chapter of the national Senior Circle Association since 1999. The national organization is closing at the end of 2017, so there will be no national affiliations beginning in 2018.

“We’re committed to helping seniors in our community live a healthy, active lifestyle and excited to carry on this mission by transitioning to a free Senior Circle program,” said Matt Tavenner, Chief Executive Officer at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center. “Our free membership program will continue to focus on supporting adults age 50 and older, except that now more seniors will have access to the education and activities, since there will be no dues.”

Tracy Mitchell, Senior Circle Advisor stated the hospital’s future Senior Circle program will include most of the activities and events members have enjoyed:

  • Physician education lectures
  • Lunch and Learn opportunities
  • Social and fitness activities
  • Health fairs and screenings
  • Free faxing and copying of important documents
  • Line dance lessons, Friday bingo and much more

Information about Senior Circle events are posted on Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s website at svrmc.com.  Members also receive a bi-monthly newsletter and calendar of events.  To join Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle Program, call Tracy Mitchell at

434-348-4455 or e-mail tracy_mitchell@chs.net.

Daphine Perry Ferguson

Mrs. Daphine Perry Ferguson, 94, of Emporia, died Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Hospital.

A native of North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Arthur James Perry and Thelma Mitchell Perry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Junius Stallings and Walter C. Ferguson, a daughter, Jean Ferguson Haymes, two brothers, E.V. Perry and James J. Perry.  She was a longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church in Emporia and a former Department Manager at Leggett’s Department Stores.

Mrs. Ferguson is survived by a son, Jim Ferguson and his wife Sheila of Emporia, a daughter, Bonnie Ferguson Fresch and her husband David of Richmond, Texas, a sister Barbara Barrett of Roanoke Rapids, son in law Eugene Haymes of Roseland, Virginia, and special friend Vicki Haymes of Waynesboro, Virginia; Seven grandchildren, Sherri Robinson, Jamie Ferguson, Neil Haymes, Shannon Dunn, Rev. David W. Fresch, Kimberly Conroy, and Dr. Christopher Fresch, and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday January 6, 2018 at Main Street Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Ricky R. Hurst officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until service time at Main Street Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main St, Emporia, Va. 23847.

Online condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.             

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