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William Calvin Ferguson, Sr. was born on September 13, 1931 in Durant, Mississippi and died Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at home with his family in Birmingham, AL. He was born to Max Dewitt and Lucille Elizabeth Ferguson. He attended and graduated from Durant City schools, Holmes County Junior College and Mississippi State University, served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the U.S.S. Windham Bay and traveled to Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan. Later in his career as an Industrial Engineer in the apparel industry, he was able to travel not only in the United States but also to North Africa, Central America, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean where he and his wife lived in Saint Lucia, the West Indies, for five years.
He was predeceased by a son-in-law Ricky T. Fulton and a granddaughter Angela Fulton Massey.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Marjorie D. Ferguson, (Margie Dickerson, also of Durant) and three children: Teresa Cook (Lane) of Honey Grove, Texas, Linda Smith (Dane) of Covington, Louisiana, and Dr. William “Will” Calvin Ferguson, Jr. (Susan) of Birmingham, Alabama; seven grandchildren: Chelsie Fulton (Steven), Carrie Guylette (Rocky), Tara Albers (Chris), Sarah Smith, William “Will” Calvin Ferguson, III (Allison), Rose Ferguson and Audrey Ferguson; and eight great grandchildren: Levi, Holley, McKenna, James, Thomas, Dallas, Alexis and Ryllie. He is also survived by one brother James Myers Ferguson (LouL) of Southaven, Mississippi and numerous nieces, nephews and one remarkably close cousin, Charles Kealofer (Delia), of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
There will be a graveside service with family and a Military Honor Guard at the Durant Cemetery on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 1300.


  1. Haywood Lewis on September 17, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Was made sad to hear my friend “Ferg” had passed. I was honored to have not only Ferg but his mother and dad and all the family as my friend shortly after arriving Durant in 1946.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

  2. Charlene D Elliott on September 17, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Will, Susan and children, we are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May the Peace of Jesus and the Comfort of the Holy Spirit sustain all your family during this difficult season. Our love and prayers, Chuck and Charlene Elliott

  3. Sara Dickerson Middleton on September 17, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Margie, I am so sorry to hear this news. I am saying prayers for you and hope that you will be ok. Bit sounds like you have a wonderful family and that is exactly what you need now. God bless you.

  4. Sara Dickerson Middleton on September 17, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Margie. God bless you.

  5. Don Drane on September 18, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Sonny-Ferg and W.B.Martin are already on a Heavenly lake-bank baitin’ hooks and talkin’ about old times at the Mile A Way or wherever the gang met for coffee before Sonny and Margie left Durant for Covington. I remember sitting beside my grandmother Myers on her Durant porch swing, listening to the rock n roll music coming from Ferg’s little dairy-bar restaurant across highway 51, probably back about 1960. He was always so kind and gracious with my mother in her later years. And what a great smile he always had. R.I.P., Cuz.

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