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2019-2-5

“A Wealth Unknown”

For many years I traveled
far across the USA
stopping for a week, a month
yet sometimes just a day.
 
I’ve seen majestic mountains
and valleys rich below
yes no where that I ever went
God’s greatness didn’t show.
 
The beauty of the meadows
with flowers along the brook
now to appreciate creation
all one has to do is look.
 
Nature provides a wealth unknown
with butterflies, birds and bees
it can make one of true conviction
fall humbly to their knees.
 
Take the time for to enjoy
it’s there for all to share
walking thru the fields and woodlands
or just breathing mountain air.
 
The value it is priceless
so give thanks to God above
yes all this beauty was created
while showing us His love.
 
                              Roy E. Schepp

Deborah Jean Ferguson

Services Visitation

Saturday, February 9, 2 pm

Greensville Memorial Cemetery

1520 Skippers Road, Emporia

Saturday, February 9, Following Service

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia

Deborah Jean Ferguson went home to her Maker on January 19, 2019.

Debbie was born on October 25, 1954 in Roanoke Rapids, NC and grew up in Skippers, VA. She graduated with honors from Brunswick Academy in Lawrenceville, VA and from Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond. Debbie worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Richmond Housing Authority and School Board, the Maryland Cup Company, and Alexander and Alexander.

Debbie was passionate about weaving, the disability community, and nature. She was a long-standing member of the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore. Debbie led a group who wove placemats for the dining room of the Maryland Governor’s Mansion. She also was part of a group who wove tapestries depicting the Baltimore skyline. Debbie was an active member of the Perky Hornets Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bowling Program, an adaptive sport league for people living with MS in Baltimore. When the league lost its funding, she secured a grant to allow the league to continue. Debbie was invited to join the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities because of her work with her physician’s office and neighborhood library to reconfigure their parking to accommodate vehicles modified for those with disabilities. She won first prize at the Maryland State Fair for her photograph of a butterfly. Debbie loved cats, birds, and all of nature.

Debbie is survived by her son Gavin Rosenbush (Linda), daughter Amanda Lippa (Ariel), two grandchildren, extended family, and dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Lucille (Collins) Ferguson. She was recently divorced from Robert Rosenbush.

A graveside service will be held on February 9th at 2 p.m. at Greensville Memorial Cemetery, 1250 Skippers Rd, Emporia, VA. The family will receive guests immediately afterwards at Echols Funeral Home, 806 Brunswick Ave, Emporia, VA from 3-4 p.m.

Donations may be made in Debbie’s memory to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

On line condolences may be left at echolsfuneralhome.com.

Microsoft Donates to Southside Virginia Community College

Shown with the donation from Microsoft to Southside Virginia Community College are (Left to Right) Kelly Arnold, SVCC Apprenticeship Coordinator, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Anthony Putorek, Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager for Microsoft, and Mary Jane Elkins, Dean of Institutional Advancement for SVCC.

With a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft has reached out to Southside Virginia in a big way.  Anthony Putorek, Senior Lead Workforce Development Program Manager for Microsoft, said simply, “We are investing in people and developing communities.”

The company recently donated another $45,000 towards student success and has invested in the community by providing 14 scholarships to students in the past.

The students take classes through Southside Virginia Community College’s Center for Information Technology Excellence (CITE) at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill and the IT Academy (ITA) of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston.

Dr. Al Roberts said, “Microsoft has been a true partner in our community and has provided valuable support for this IT program offering.  We appreciate their investment in the future of Southside Virginia.”

Microsoft announced their investment in bringing a data center to Mecklenburg County’s Boydton Industrial Park in 2010.  Since that time, the company is investing in training Southside people for jobs where IT skills are needed. 

The CITE and ITA labs are an example of how a partnership can make things happen for a community. Microsoft and their involvement impacts Southside Virginia and those seeking a future with a career in IT.

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