Jerry Sylvester Ferguson battled ongoing health issues for over 25 years. God gave him the victory when he called him home on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Jerry was secure in his salvation and made it known to family and friends on many occasions that he was ready to accept God’s plan for his life.
Jerry grew up in Caroline County. He was preceded in death by both parents, Alfred and Pearl Ferguson, and brothers Ray, Manon, and Wendell. He is a graduate of Union High School and attended Elizabeth City University, Elizabeth, NC. Jerry served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on January 1, 1975. After leaving the military he worked for the Federal Government at General Services Administration (GSA) for 35 years before retiring in 2004. Jerry continued to be active until his health began to decline. He worked part-time for a couple of local businesses and was a volunteer inspirational speaker for the Re-entry Program at Pamunkey Regional Jail.
Deacon Jerry S. Ferguson was a man of faith who loved God. His motto: Just Do What’s Right
Jerry was a member of Second Baptist Church for over 50 years and served in many capacities in the church until his death. He was a member of the ushers, hospitality, media, and male fellowship ministries. Jerry was a Sunday School teacher, president of the male chorus, a member of the mass choir, and former church sexton. Deacon Jerry S. Ferguson was ordained on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at Second Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Arthur N. Werts.
Jerry married the love of his life, Jane Delois Shelton, on Friday, December 12, 1986. The couple has two god-children, Thessalonia Higgs and Phil Wilkerson, Jr. In Jerry’s own words, his in-laws became his family. He viewed them as sisters and brothers and he has always been Uncle Jerry to the youth in the family. In addition to his devoted wife, Delois and god-children, others will cherish his memories -- sister, Joyce Cox; father in-law, Robert E. Jones; sisters in-law, Isadore Jackson (James); Carolyn S. Johnson (Aubrey), Louise Ferguson, Ann Ferguson; devoted nephew, Rev. Michael Ferguson; devoted friend, Taft Coghill; and a host of relatives and friends.
Owens Funeral Service (Ashland)
Friday November 10th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
104 Green Chimney CT
Ashland, VA 23005
Second Baptist Church [RUTHER GLEN]
Saturday November 11th, 2017
26725 Ruther Glen Rd
Ruther Glen, VA 22546
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To Jane Delois & Family
Fear not, for the Lord is with you,He will strengthen, uphold and help you with His Right Hand of his Righteousness. Jerry will be truly missed by us all. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Rest in Peace Jerry
Howard & Virginia Jones
Submitted by Howard & Virginia Jones on Nov 10 2017 07:01:21 PM
ChristineWashington Edwards lit a candle for Deacon Jerry Sylvester Ferguson
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To the family
Praise God for a life well lived, Jerry was an awesome man with a good heart and comical soul I can remember him an my uncle Dea.Taft Coghill reminiscing in the back yard about the good ol days. Jerry will be truly missed! May God Bless all of you! - Walker Childs "L.T."
Submitted by Walker "L.T." Childs on Nov 10 2017 04:22:46 PM
I thank God for the opportunity of getting to know Deacon Jerry. My wife and I found him to be a soft spoken, kind and God-fearing man. His temperament informed us as to who he was, who he was living for, and who he belonged too. It was our observation that he truly loved his wife and that her family was his family as well. He was cemented into the Shelton/Jones family.
We know that he will be truly missed, but he has received his salvific promise, for which he has worked. He is now resting from his labors and his works will follow him.
Keep your hands in God's hands, keep your hands to the plow, cherish his memories and do not look back. God has blessed him and will continue to bless you as you continue to labor until you all will meet again on the other side.
Please know that we are here for you, just a phone call away!!
We love you dearly,
Rev. Larry E. and Evangelist Carson A. Lewis
Submitted by Rev. Larry E. Lewis on Nov 10 2017 04:16:06 PM
Blanche and Herbert Johnson lit a candle for Deacon Jerry Sylvester Ferguson
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My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you during your bereavement
Submitted by Ray R. Terrell on Nov 10 2017 12:47:44 PM
Words can never express my feelings for you big brother, you took me under your wing and when I started working at GSA and taught me a lot. I will always keep your memory in my heart. My family and I will miss you dearly. RIP my friend.
Edna Chandler and family.
Submitted by Edna Chandler on Nov 10 2017 11:21:21 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry's family and friends. I worked with Jerry at GSA for a few years. He always kept us smiling. R.I.P. Jerry
Submitted by Yolanda Harris on Nov 10 2017 10:41:02 AM
Delois keep the Faith, God is with you,
Jerry is gone, but not forgotten ,it's so many memories we have shared will never be forgotten. He always had a way to make you laugh.
Family, let the Love he had for others keep on growing in our lives.
Jerry, Rest In Peace
Submitted by Lona Ferguson-Galloway on Nov 10 2017 10:35:20 AM
Lona Ferguson-Galloway lit a candle for Deacon Jerry Sylvester Ferguson
Lona Ferguson-Galloway lit a candle on Nov 10 2017 10:34:23 AM
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