William Donald Ferguson

April 16, 2010


AHOSKIE – William Donald Ferguson, age 72, of the 900 block of Liberty Street, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Reidsville, in Rockingham County, NC, on February 28, 1938, Mr. Ferguson was a son of the late Harry S. and Mildred Dawson Ferguson. He attended what is now East Carolina University and was retired as Division Right of Way Agent for the NC Department of Transportation. Donald was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Ahoskie where he served as Sunday school teacher, and served on the Session of the Church for many years. He was also a member and had served as past President and Lt. Governor of the Ahoskie Kiwanis Club.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Barbara Miller Ferguson; his daughter, Julie F. Pace and her husband, Chris of Sykesville, MD; two sisters, Mary Anna Pearson and husband, Johnnie of Hickory, NC, and Mae Coburn and husband, Frank of Greenville, NC; and his brothers, Harry S. ‘Butch’ Ferguson and wife, Linda of Grimesland, NC, Bobby V. Ferguson and wife, Charlene of Palatine, IL, Tommy D. Ferguson and wife, Helen of Edward, NC, and Sam L. Ferguson and companion, Victoria Mayo of Stokes, NC. He was predeceased by a sister, Joy Ferguson Sullivan.

A memorial celebration of life service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church of Ahoskie, with the Rev. Richard Rice officiating. An inurnment service will be held for the family, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, at East Duplin Memorial Garden, Beulaville, NC. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Monday, and will assemble at the church in the Adult Sunday school classroom at 10:15 on Tuesday, to receive friends prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to a charity of one’s choice or to First Presbyterian Church of Ahoskie, Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 159, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Family and friends may send condolences and sign the online guestbook by visiting www.garrettjonesfh.com.

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Jerry H. Sullivan
13 years ago

Don was Joy’s big brother, and as far as she was concerned, he could do no wrong. Barbara, Don will be missed by all of us that knew him, but we have the blessed assurance that this is not the end, rather it is a transition into a new life beyond. Joy has already welcomed Don, I know, and even after these nearly 24 years, she speaks to me in my dreams, often, and wishes me well. Thus it will also be with you. Give Julie a hug for me – you know that she was Joy’s first niece, and Joy really loved her.


Lisa Odom
13 years ago


Dan and I were so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. We are thinking of you and have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Odom

Bunny Brady
13 years ago

I met Don when I worked in the Register of Deeds office and all of us there loved his stories. It was an honor to know him and to call him a friend.

Tyrone Williams, Employment Security Commission
13 years ago


My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss. I pray for God’s comfort and strength to embrace you and your family.

Bobby Andrews
13 years ago

Barbara I was so sorry to hear about Donald’s passing. I have fond memories of sports and with Donald in school. Please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Wanda Vaughan
13 years ago


We were so sorry to here of your loss of Don. I pray that God will continue to strengthen you, Julie and other family members through this time of loss. Tommy and I just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and pray that you be comforted by God’s peace. We are available if you need us.

Wanda & Tommy Vaughan

Gail Dawson Pinkham
13 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Ferguson family. I have fond memories of Donald. He always liked to pick on me and I liked to pick back. I know that he is at peace now and I hope that in the days to come you will find peace as well.


Susie Elliott
13 years ago

Ms. Ferguson know that Linza and I are praying for you and your daughter during this time. May God continue to be your strength from day to day.

Love in Christ,

Your Neighbors

Susie & Linza

Debbie Rich
13 years ago

Although I did not know William, I wanted to take a moment to extend my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in the Bible’s promises at Revelation 21:4 and John 5:28,29. These scriptures mention a time when our loved ones will be resurrected and death and pain will be done away with. It is my wish you will find comfort and hope from these thoughts in the Bible.

Marilyn miller
13 years ago

Uncle Don, I’ll never watch another Western without imagining you watching it, too. Jacob and I will miss you so much. I KNOW, however, that you will be keeping your eye on all of us from your “perch” up in heaven.