Crawford John Ferguson III

Mr. Ferguson, 88, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 at his home at Sharon Towers.

Born June 9, 1924 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mr. Ferguson was a son of the late Crawford J. and Elva Ferguson. He was a long-time resident of Charlotte and was educated in the city schools, graduating from Central High School, where he was a member of the varsity football, basketball and track teams and was President of the Student Council.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he held the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart, as well as four air medals and four battle stars.

During World War II, Mr. Ferguson was an 8th Air Force B-17 waist gunner. As the 8th Air Force precisely and relentlessly destroyed major targets in enemy-occupied Europe, he fought exacting missions to Berlin, Munich and a heavy schedule of Nazi military and industrial targets. On D-Day, his flying fortress, “The Old Shillelagh”, destroyed heavy gun installations at Longues’ coastal batteries.

During the Korean Conflict, he served as an Infantry officer.

An honors graduate of the University of Kentucky, Mr. Ferguson later pursued courses in political science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Remaining in Geneva, Mr. Ferguson was Managing Editor of The Swiss Reporter, an English language newspaper for English speaking nationals.

In Charlotte, he was Vice President of the old Eagle Stores Company and served on its Board of Directors.

Mr. Ferguson was a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church where he was a former President of the Men’s Bible Class and a Stephen Minister. He was a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and consistently supported programs for America’s combat wounded.

Mr. Ferguson’s life will be celebrated with full military honors from the graveside in the National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 16th.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crawford John Ferguson III

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Janet Aldridridge

February 13, 2013

I was sorry to hear about Mr. Ferguson.It was only 2 mo. and 3 days after Cliffs passing. Janet Aldridge

Harry Keats

February 9, 2013

God Speed Mr. Ferguson.

Jon and Kitty Frye

January 30, 2013

We were saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Crawford.
He was a kind and thoughtful gentleman and we always enjoyed his wonderfful stories. Crawford had a great attitude towards life - he used to say that any day someone was not shooting at you in an airplane was a good day. He will be missed but not forgotten. God bless

Tody Brown

January 16, 2013

Mr Ferguson was the Hospice patient that I remember most. Joe Notaro his full time hospice volunteer and I moved Crawford back from the Hospice Unit at The VA Hospital in Salisbury. I visited him there and I thought he was a very educated and proper man. I am sure he will be missed. His funeral today was full military and very much expected for a man of his rank of service to our nation.

Shelia Bumgarner

January 15, 2013

Dear Mr. Ferguson was a patron at the Main Library for more than fifteen years. He was a remarkable man with a clearn vision of who he was. He will be missed.

January 15, 2013

Mr. Ferguson was a very nice person. I always enjoyed our conversations when he came to the office. He was very knowledgeable and had a interesting life. My condolences to his sons.
Joan Fisher (800 Cherokee)

Gina DeLisle

January 15, 2013

Mr Ferguson was a lovely man! He used to come to Myers Park Library every week to be the first person to view the new Value Line. Mr. Ferguson was awarded a French medal of Valor for his participation in WWII bombings in recent years. He always made me smile and will be missed!

Gina deLisle

January 15, 2013

Mr. Ferguson was a lovely man. He was a true war hero; even honored by France in recent years for the job he did during WWII. I will always remember him coming into Myers Park Library every week to look at the new Value Line. He had his notebook out, only he could read his entries, I'm sure. Mr Ferguson made a difference in many people's lives; what better legacy is there?

Serena Morrow

January 15, 2013

Mr. Ferguson was a really sweet man. You will be missed. Rest in Paradise.

Sara Jones

January 15, 2013

I met Crawford at the Myers Park library. He walked up there most every day and I am there a lot. We became friends and he told me a lot about himself. He was a very sweet, nice man. I stopped seeing him, though, and didn't know what happened until I saw his obituary today. I am so sorry that I lost touch as I enjoyed his company.

Sara K. Jones