Active and Interesting People
Meet the People of Copeland Oaks
Our residents have such unique talent that we want to tell the world! Each month we will profile a Copeland Oaks resident that brings light and joy to our community.
Meet the Veteran, Alma Rigdon
After graduating from Sebring McKinley High School and the former Alliance Hospital School of Nursing , Alma enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, following the military paths blazed by her father and brother.
One of the first flight nurses, Alma cared for polio and burn patients in iron lungs aboard hospital planes from Germany to Hawaii
After discharge, Alma accepted a 2-year contract to serve as an industrial nurse in Saudi Arabia.
Upon returning to the U.S., Alma enlisted in the U. S. Army and earned her BSN while serving as head nurse of a hospital cardiac unit.
During her Viet Nam tour of duty, Alma traveled into villages to treat native children and mothers for which she was awarded the Bronze Star
As chief nurse in the 44th Surgical Field Hospital, Alma worked a stone’s throw from the DMZ in Korea.
Alma moved from her retirement home in Florida to Copeland Oaks to be near her son and enjoy watching her grandson grow up.
A resident in a cozy catered living apartment at Copeland Oaks, she serves as the librarian for the weekly Bible Study group and often visits residents at Crandall Medical Center. She is known among both staff and residents for her sparkling personality and contagious smile.
Meet Charlie Manypenny, Copeland Oaks’ “Best Golfer”
This month, meet Charlie Manypenny, who has been a villa resident of Copeland Oaks community since 2014.
Charlie is a retired computer scientist and programmer who is great at taking apart and putting together nearly anything. His friends and family call him Mr. Fix-It.
Since moving to Copeland Oaks, Charlie quickly became recognized for another passion – golf! During his first season with the Copeland Oaks Golf League, he walked off with the trophy for all-around best golfer.
Charlie always sports a winning smile and twinkle in his eye. In fact, he’s still hoping for his first hole-in-one…and he’s pretty sure it’s only a matter of time!
His wife Cynthia says that for Charlie, “Golf is a lifestyle, not a hobby.”
In fact, the lifetime golf club membership at the Sebring Country Club, the on-campus putting green, and the virtual driving range were all factors in Charlie and Cynthia choosing Copeland Oaks.
There are plenty of other activities that keep Charlie and the others engaged. He also competes in the Copeland Bowling League and is a regular at the Wednesday morning men’s meeting when the guys gather together for coffee and conversation.
Because of all these fun, relaxing and stimulating things, Charlie has four perfect words to describe life at Copeland Oaks: “I love this place.”
Meet the Producer, Virgil Springer
This month, meet Virgil Springer, who has been a villa resident of Copeland Oaks community since 1999.
Virgil is a retired United Methodist Church pastor and middle-school science teacher who still loves the periodic table!
Since moving to Copeland Oaks in 1999, Virgil has followed a new calling. He’s the producer! He helps produce weekly programs for Copeland Oaks TV. He loves this view of the world through the lens of a camera at our very own Copeland Oaks TV studio.
What led him and his wife Claire, who he married in 1962, to live at Copeland Oaks?
“My mother-in-law came to Copeland Oaks after she suffered a stroke. Clair and I saw the wonderful care that she received. We talked about our future and realized that if we moved to Copeland Oaks, we would not need to worry about care for the rest of our lives,” he says.
Virgil also got to live out his “inner architect” by helping to design the villa where they live.
But he especially loves being The Producer.
“Since 2002, I have also enjoyed being part of the growth and development of the Copeland Oaks television station,” he says.
“Our mission is to spread information and entertainment throughout the Copeland campus,” Virgil adds. “We have a great crew with huge creative talent.”
Meet the Puzzler, Bev Barnett
This month, meet Bev Barnett, a 26-year resident of Copeland Oaks. She’s a retired Spanish teacher who walks three miles every morning, sings in the Copeland Chorale and volunteers in our Copeland Oaks TV studio.
If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, you will frequently find Bev at our big puzzle table, piecing together the big picture while engaged in lively conversation with other residents.
“I love puzzles,” says Bev. “Some people think puzzles are a solo activity, but it is amazing how many conversations start at the puzzle table. I always make new friends when I sit down in one of the cozy Copeland Oaks lounge to do a puzzle.”
Bev adds, “People are amazed that I have lived in my Copeland Oaks villa for over 25 years. I just tell them Copeland Oaks is bienvenido!”
Bev loves taking long walks on the beautiful Copeland Oaks campus. She’s enjoys gathering with friends to hear good music. She loves gardening in the spring and summer. And she really appreciates the staff that’s always around to help with whatever is needed.
“We have it all,” Bev says as she places the last piece into the puzzle, steps back and enjoys the big picture.