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March 19, 2013
A dedication ceremony will be held in honor of the late Henry County Administrator, Benny Summerlin, for his contributions to the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority (SVRFA) and the Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC).

The dedication will be held Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 p.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex Legacy Courtyard. In case of bad weather the dedication ceremony will be held in the meeting room in the SunTrust Pavilion building in the Legacy Courtyard area.

"In the boardroom, he was able to quickly get to the root of issues and to offer solutions. At the Complex, he was always quick to offer assistance when the Complex needed something that the County could provide," said Chairman of the SVRFA board James R. McGarry. "Because of him, the relationship between the Smith River Sports Complex and Henry County became a true partnership."

The late Benny Summerlin was a member of the original Board of Directors for the SVRFA and served from 2006-2012. Mr. Summerlin was a vital part in the completion of many projects at SRSC such as having VDOT signs installed, a maintenance facility built and use of a vehicle for the SRSC. Thanks to his persistence and dedication to the SVRFA and SRSC these projects among several others were accomplished.

"Benny's dedication and commitment to SVRFA and the Smith River Sports Complex from day one went above and beyond," said Director of Operations Billy Russo. "His time and advice given to the Board and particularly the staff at SRSC has reflected in the success we have had as an organization up to this point. His volunteerism and expertise will be sorely missed but will always be remembered."