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SVCC Nursing Club Officers

The SVCC ADN Nursing Club Officers for 2016 on the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College are (Left to Right) Molly Buchholz, President, from LaCrosse, Casey Dalton, Vice President, from Blackstone, Emily Watts, Secretary, from Gasburg, Rose Marie Privott, Treasurer, from Chester, and Stephanie Robinson, Assistant Treasurer, from Blackstone.

Wendy Jeneise Gordon

Wendy Jeneise Gordon, born July 26, 1976, died on Oct. 31 at Southside Regional Hospital in Petersburg, Va. Wendy leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Teresa Wray Welsh, of Emporia; father, Phillip W. Gordon and stepmom, Beverly of Lake Gaston, NC.; daughter Kelly Finn of Louisburg, N.C.; the love of her life, Ricky Blythe of Stony Creek, Va; and faithful canine Cracker as well as a host of aunts, uncles and cousins that she loved very much. She was predeceased in death by her grandparents, Robert H. "Bobby" Wray and Edla Hobbs Wray; and Robert and Marie Gordon, of Emporia. Wendy faced many challenges in her 40 years. She had medical issues from childhood and suffered a brain injury in her early 20s. But she had a heart of gold and loved everyone, especially children and the elderly. The family will receive visitors Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6:30-8 p.m., at Echols Funeral Home. A graveside funeral will be held at 11 a.m., at Emporia Cemetery on Brunswick Ave., with Pastor Brad Barbour officiating. Pallbearers will be Tally Pernell, John Mise, Chris Clarke, Nicholas Hobbs, Robbie Wray, and Brian Lindsley. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Wrenn, Ernest Bailey and Kiser Robinson. In lieu of flowers the family is accepting donations for the funeral. Send donations to Teresa Welsh, c/o Independent Messenger, 111 Baker St. Condolences may be sent to

Christie Hales Honored for Excellence in Communications

Christie Hales, Public Relations Director at Southside Virginia Community College, received a 2016 Excellence in Communications Award from the Virginia Community Colleges Association.  Hales won a second place award for writing in the category of Feature Story.  The article was "SVCC Student Now Familiar Face on Georgia TV," about Benjamin Billmyer, an SVCC graduate, who landed a job  as Multimedia Journalist with a television station in Georgia.  Hales lives in Lawrenceville and received a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Richmond.  She has worked in PR at SVCC for 27 years.

Editor's Note: Christie's words have graced this page many times, and I am grateful for every one of them over the past few years. Congratulations, Christie!

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