James Harrison Ferguson
November 5, 1931 – July 10, 2018
Ltc. James H. Ferguson Army (Ret.) 86 of The Fairfax, Ft. Belvoir, VA passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Anne Fahlgren. He leaves behind a son, John Ferguson (Jeanine) and a daughter, Jane F. Camp (Charles) and 7 grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his son, James R. Ferguson. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11:00 at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jim Ferguson Memorial Fund at Heritage Presbyterian Church. James Harrison Ferguson was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia to Robert and Mayme McCutcheon Ferguson. Jim spent his childhood along the Ohio River enjoying his community and family, especially his two sisters, Nancy and Ann. After learning to play the drums and earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Jim graduated at the top of his high school class and eager to attend West Virginia University. Jim made his mark as a Mountaineer as a drummer in the “The Pride of West Virginia”, the West Virginia University marching band, a cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and as an active member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. While on a blind date with a pretty coed named Anne Fahlgren, Jim fell for the freshman from Parkersburg beginning a 66-year love story. They were married on September 2, 1955 and honeymooned at the Greenbrier Hotel. Jim’s 26 years in the Army took him to duty stations across the United States and overseas; Puerto Rico, Ft. Benning, Georgia, South Korea, Iowa City, Iowa, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Vietnam, the Pentagon, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Heidelberg, Germany, and The Center of Military History in Washington, DC. Lieutenant Colonel Ferguson could always be counted on to complete his assignment. After he retired from the Army, he began a career as an office manager for a large law firm in Washington DC and later managed a downtown DC building. In his retirement, he volunteered at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and for ten years he enjoyed sharing his love of history to visitors of all ages. Jim’s commitment to his church, Heritage Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, enabled him to serve his community and strengthen his faith. Jim had a lifelong love of reading and could finish a book in a day. But his ultimate enjoyment was his family. To Jim Ferguson nothing could be better than time spent with family and relatives. Anne and their children, John, Jane, Jamey (deceased) and his grandchildren, who called him Paw-Paw, were his heart’s delight. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
- Memorial Service Tuesday, July 24, 2018
James Harrison Ferguson
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August 12, 2018
To Anne, John and Jane,
Our cousin John told me about Jim’s passing.
I did not have the honor of knowing Jim, but having read this most elequent and loving piece on his life, I feel like I now do. Jane, after spending time in conversation with you after our Aunt Judy’s memorial, I can hear your voice throughout this beautiful tribute to your father and his values. Thank you for sharing the story of his full and loving life. May Gods blessings be on you and your families.
July 24, 2018
Mr. Ferguson was a patient at our dental office for the 25 years that I have worked there. He was always early, because if you were on time you were considered late in the military world. I always looked forward to our visits and I enjoyed hearing about the family. He was an outstanding patient and truly enjoyed his family and church. I am a better person for knowing Mr. Ferguson. May the Lord hold you in his hands.
July 23, 2018
My father passed away in 1972 when I was being deployed to Vietnam. I was reassigned to Fort Polk, LA in the Headquarters Command, where LTC James Ferguson commanded. I was assigned to be the adjutant for HQ Command and worked closely with Colonel Ferguson. This was the start of a lifelong relationship with Jim and Ann Ferguson. My wife, Judy, was pregnant with our daughter, Shelly. The Ferguson's became our second parents and Shelly's grandparents. I could not ask for a better role model than Jim Ferguson. They were a loving and supporting part of our family. We were stationed near them in Germany in the Mid-1970s, where John, Jane and Jamie became Shelly's brothers and sister. When Jim and Ann moved to Alexandria, VA, we would visit them often. We were stationed at the Pentagon in the mid-1990s and Ann helped us find a home near them. They treated us like family and we love them dearly for their support and kindness. It was with a deep sadness to receive the heart-wrenching news of Jim's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with Ann, John, Jane and their family. I know that Jim and Jamie are looking down from Heaven. We can truly state that is an honor to be called a Friend of the Ferguson family. Our Love and Thoughts are with y'all. God Bless! Judy, Shelly and Tom Watts