Ferguson "Ferg" Feemster Ferguson "Ferg" Washington Feemster passed away with tender, loving family surrounding him at home Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was born August 3, 1926, in Reno, Nevada, to Silas and Ethel (Lanier) Feemster. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lanier Payne, sister and brother-in-law Mary-Jordan and Stan Runge and granddaughter Melinda Feemster. He is survived by his treasured wife of 63 years Shirley (Eddy) Feemster, son Bryan Feemster and wife Rae Ann, daughter Kathy McClelland and husband Buddy, daughter Julie Skinner and husband James, daughter Caleen Gann and husband Brad, son Jordan Feemster and son Lanier Feemster and wife Teresa. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren (one we will meet for the first time in April). Ferguson was born and lived in an Italian neighborhood in Reno, Nevada. His father was a professor and taught Political Science and Ancient History at the University of Nevada. His mother was a graduate of Columbia University (NY), taught at Baylor and after marriage was a full-time mother. He accepted Christ as his Savior when he was thirteen. He, his mother and sisters moved to the "Colonel Jordan" cabin on a farm in Mountain Home, Arkansas after his father passed away when he was thirteen. It was there he discovered his love of farming. When he was seventeen, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri. Ferguson started with a few dairy cows, one draft horse (Duke) and no electricity on a little over 100 acres. The family became a part of the wonderful body of believers at Pleasant Home Baptist Church. He joined the Navy in 1943 serving as Seaman First Class on one of twelve LMS(R) amphibious ships. After returning to the farm, he attended Southwestern Missouri State College for two plus years pursuing agricultural expertise. He loved roller skating where one evening he determined he was going to skate with a stunning red-head. Love blossomed with him marrying Shirley Rae Eddy on February 12, 1953. Farm and family grew to include six children as the years went by. The successful one-horse farm has grown to several hundred acres featuring the latest technology in dairy and cropping that son Jordan continues to operate today. Ferguson understood an effective way to encourage others was to listen. His children learned early his inquisitive nature and sharp mind led him to ask questions that usually uplifted and encouraged, but also unmasked inaccuracy and God forbid untruth. He understood the best way to teach was to show someone with his life. He had the ability to fall in love with whatever needed to be done. He was optimistic, yet pragmatic, gentle, yet firm, disciplined, yet forgiving. He made you feel trusted. He viewed those different from him as worthy of dignity and respect. He demonstrated that problems were simply challenges that God has allowed in our path to help us learn, grow strong and lean on Him. He enthusiastically read, watched informational TV and asked questions of everyone he met to learn something new. He enjoyed playing with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. His smile and sky-blue eyes filled a room with sunshine. He was a pillar of humility, honor, dignity and noble character. He was a ray of sunshine in a world often chaotic, self-serving and confusing. His life was as Christ-like as any we have known. His ultimate desire was for people to find peace, comfort and ultimate meaning through eternal salvation offered through Christ's death for our sins and resurrection. He is celebrating in heaven today. We deeply miss him but look forward to celebrating victory with him and our Lord Jesus Christ. Visitation for Ferguson will be at Greenlawn Funeral Home East Springfield at 3540 E. Seminole, Springfield, MO 65809 on Monday, January 9th, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Services will be at Pleasant Home Baptist Church, 3630 East State Highway AA, Springfield, MO 65803 on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow services at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Rd, Springfield, MO 65804 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Regional Hospice, 3405 W. Mount Vernon, Suite 100, Springfield, MO 65802. The devotion and care displayed by hospice was truly a blessing to Ferg and his family.
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