Longtime Missionary Baptist Pastor, Eld. Floyd Ferguson of Red Boiling Springs, died early Sunday morning April 8, 2018 at 6:45 a.m. at the age of 87 at the Macon County General Hospital following a period of declining health. He was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday April 14th.
Funeral services from the Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Lafayette were conducted before an overflow crowd on Wednesday morning April 11th at 11 a.m. with Eld. Chase Johnson and Eld. Frankie Downs officiating. Burial followed in the Anderson and Son Memorial Park.
The third child of fourteen children, he was born Floyd Wayne Ferguson in the Bethany Community of Macon County on February 26, 1931 and was one of four girls and ten boys of the late Lucian Myers Ferguson and Dessie Mae Copass Ferguson.
Siblings preceding him in death were two sisters, Ruby Ferguson Deckard and Blanche Ferguson Hix and four brothers, Fred Ferguson, Kenneth Ferguson, Jesse Ferguson and Harold Ferguson.
On January 26, 1957 he was united in marriage to Walnut Shade Community native, the former Bessie V. Gregory.
Eld. Ferguson was saved on July 28, 1946 at the age of fifteen after attending a revival at the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church and testified that he went home from the revival, went upstairs and fell across the bed and there the Lord saved his soul. He was baptized by the late Eld. Luther Stewart on August 14, 1949 unto the full fellowship of the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.
He was ordained at Bethany to preach on October 26, 1961. During his 56 years of preaching and pastoring, he pastored eleven churches in Tennessee and Kentucky including the Cornwell Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in the Defeated Creek Community and the Defeated Creek Missionary Baptist Church in the Difficult Community.
During his commitment to the Lord to serve him, he preached 4,655 sermons, participated in 222 revivals and baptized 350 souls, preached 376 funerals and married over 125 couples.
His church membership had remained at the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church although he had pastored many churches.
In addition to being a devoted husband, father and grandfather, he had a great number of friends both in the church, which he loved so dearly, and in the community.
Eld. Ferguson was a lover of God’s earth, enjoyed gardening, the warmth of a wood burning stove and reminiscing about life and sharing life’s stories especially about his only grandchild and how great she was at showing cattle at fairs and exhibitions.
In addition to his wife of over sixty one years, he is survived by their son, Kevin Ferguson and his wife Phyllis of Rockvale; granddaughter, which was the love of Eld. Floyd and Mrs. Bessie’s life, Haylee Ferguson who resides with her parents and is an outstanding basketball star at Eagleville High School where she attends and is following in the footsteps of her grandmother Bessie who herself was an outstanding basketball star and is in the Macon County Sports Hall of Fame; two surviving sisters, Delpha Ferguson Holland of Franklin, Indiana, Nina Ferguson Carter of Lafayette; five brothers, Ether “Chigger” Ferguson and wife Judy of Indianapolis, Indiana, Clarence Ferguson and wife Lorienda of Red Boiling Springs, Randall Ferguson and wife Mary Anna, Joe Ferguson, Neil Ferguson and wife Melinda Smith Ferguson all of Lafayette; brother-in-law, Mrs. Bessie’s twin brother Jessie T. Gregory and wife Janie of Red Boiling Springs; sisters-in-law Freeda Gregory of Red Boiling Springs and Barbara Rasnack of Wadsworth, Ohio; many nieces and nephews.
The Ferguson Family requests memorials to either the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church or the Tennessee Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom or the charity of your choice.
This obit provided as a courtesy to the Ferguson family.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE