Ellwood "Fergie" Ferguson, Jr., 84, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, Death was attributed to complications from surgery after a fall at his home in Gilman, Jan. 29, 2013.
He was born Monday, March 12, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of the late Elwood Ferguson, Sr. and Viola Good Ferguson.
He was married to Betty Norton Ferguson, who preceded him in death Feb. 14, 1993.
Surviving is his daughter, Darlene Renee Ferguson Phares and husband, Don, of Gilman; two sons, Charles Edward "Chuck" Judy and wife, Peggy, of Elkins; Michael Cordell "Mike" Judy and, Joyce, of Leading Creek Road; a special daughter-in-law, JoAnn Judy, of Gilman; one sister, Romaine F. Auvil and husband, Jim, of Canton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Christina Judy, of Laurel Mountain Road, Matthew Judy, of Leading Creek Road, Erin Judy, of Elkins, Chad Judy and Mikie Judy, both of Harding; two step grandchildren, Aaron Harner and wife, Kelley, Coalton, and Israbella Rose, Elkins; six great-grandchildren, Kaylee Judy, Tyler Judy, Katelyn Judy, Chase Judy, Emma Judy and Garrett Judy; his companion, Deloris Johnson, and their special cat, "Bubba"; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was one son, Robert E. "Bob" Judy; and his only brother, Fredrick "Fred" Ferguson; and two sisters, Rosalie "Rose" Ferguson and Gwendolyn "Gwen" Carr.
He attended the schools of Pittsburgh, and worked at Dad's Old Fashion Root Beer, Emoco Gas and Pittsburgh Screw & Bolt Co. in Pittsburgh. After moving to Montrose, he was employed by Preston Hardwood and Frazee Lumber Co. as a tractor trailer driver and Teter Motors as a well-known mechanic and body shop repairman. In 1967 he became employed by Ralph Hess-Hess Oil Company as a gasoline tanker driver (having pulled the first load of fuel into the bulk plant) and master furnace repair man. He received awards from Phillips 66 for his excellence in driving and devotion to the business. When Hess Oil was sold to Brown Family Hess Oil, he continued to drive truck and work as a mechanic. In 2006 when the plant was closed, he pulled the last load of fuel out. He was a member of Leading Creek Fire Department for many years, having served as assistant fire chief, and was a Methodist by faith.
He enjoyed eating breakfast at Hardee's with his friends and going to Scotties for good conversations. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends he made during his lifetime.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Final Rites will be conducted at the funeral home, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. David Fisher will officiate and interment will follow at the Lambert Chapel Cemetery at Barbour County.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Ellwood "Fergie" Ferguson, Jr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.