OBITUARY

Jerald Lee Ferguson

August 31, 1946February 11, 2020
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Jerry Lee Ferguson of Dallas, TX, joined the Lord on February 11, 2020. He was born in Pocatello, ID, on August 31, 1946. At age 6 he moved to Wichita Falls, TX, with his adoring parents Jack and Frances Ferguson and younger brother Bobby. There he graduated high school a proud Coyote from Wichita Falls High School in 1964 but not before earning his Eagle Scout merit badge.

After 2 years at Midwestern State, Jerry graduated from North Texas University earning a degree in business administration. He was an active and loyal member of his Kappa Sigma chapter. Having never met a stranger, Jerry used his friendly, warm demeanor to launch a career as a financial professional with MassMutual specializing in insurance and estate planning consultation and sales. Based on his gentle and humble spirit, people were often surprised upon meeting him to learn his profession. His diligence and trustworthiness earned him a clientele that knew they could count on his advice and recommendations to best serve their families.

Over almost 5 decades, his numerous career achievements include being consistently a member of the top industry recognition organizations, such as the Million Dollar Round Table, his company’s Masters Club, Leaders Club and leadership roles in various other Dallas affiliations.

Jerry loved the Young Life ministry and served on their Board for almost 30 years, including Chairman. He loved kids and wanted each and every child to know that they were worthy and loved by Christ. He and Colleen attended Young Life camps all over Colorado serving and lifting up kids. Jerry faithfully supported several other ministries throughout Dallas.

Jerry had a passion for the mountains and the slopes. He was one of the most loyal attendees to the annual Higher Ground conference in Beaver Creek that combined two of his favorite things - Bible study fellowship and skiing. Spring Breaks were always spent in Colorado with other families as well. Jerry could be found skiing with the kids and his camcorder filming their jumps and spills and possibly leading them into unmarked terrain adventures.

Most of all, Jerry was a committed follower of Jesus who put Christ first in his life. He willingly shared his personal testimony whenever the opportunity presented itself. He is survived by and was fiercely devoted to his wife of 51 years, Colleen, daughters Alissa and Jenny, son-in-law Alan, and three grandchildren Grady (12), Max (9) and Ansley (9).

Jerry leaves a legacy of kindness, generosity and compassion. His family remembers him as an expert bedtime story teller, a ping pong enthusiast, a driveway basketball sharp shooter, a master of practical jokes and a source of bountiful and unconditional love.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, February 19th ,at 12 pm at Sparkman/Hillcrest in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Reception Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Elliot Archilla

February 19, 2020

When I talked with Colleen after hearing the news, I was devastated, as was she. However, we weren’t sad for Jerry; he is with our Lord in Heaven. After suffering the terrible effects of Alzheimer’s, he is free from any pain and suffering, and able to fully understand and ‘bathe’ in the boundless love of God. No, we are sad for ourselves. We have lost something very special, priceless, in our lives.
As I said to Colleen, Jerry was the most consistently solid friend I ever had. There was never a time when Jerry gave you any impression except that you were his friend, now and forever. That ability to show his love in a sincere, effortless way, was possible because of his love for our Lord. Jerry’s love for Christ was an integral part of his entire being. It was not something that he had to think about. It was not something that he had to talk about. It was something that was Jerry. It was manifest in all he did. You saw Christ in him. There is no more powerful or meaningful ‘image’ for someone to have.
Jerry was one of the first male friends of mine that used the ‘love’ word. Being from the Archilla/Jackson clans, sharing ‘I love you’ was not foreign to me. However, it seemed to be for most people, not to Jerry. I will always cherish our last conversation. It closed as they all did, with an exchange of ‘I love you’ from two men that loved each other.
Providentially this year, in my Sharing Page I wrote, ‘As I read somewhere, God is not a signpost, He is a guide. If we will allow Him, He will lead us. Sometimes the path we travel, both on our trips and in our lives, will be hard, unfamiliar, rough and even scary, but God has promised to ‘not forsake us’.’ All we have to do is walk beside Him.
I can think of no one I have ever known that walked more closely to Christ than my dear Jerry. He stayed right beside Him, so close, that sometimes you didn’t see Jerry, you only saw Christ. Elliot A.

Elliot Archilla

February 19, 2020

Elliot Archilla

February 19, 2020

Jan Poore (Clark)

February 17, 2020

Oh, the passing of time has brought sad news to my FB via old school friends. I am so sorry for Jerry’s family’s loss. We met in Alamo Elenentary in Wichita Falls. Jerry is one if my sweetest childhood boyfriend memories💕 We actually chased each other around Alamo playground and groups of us would meet up at Wichita Theater. Great memories. I’m not surprised that he was a fine man! My prayers for God’s comfort for Jerry’s family in this very difficult time of loss.
Jan Clark Poore

Anne Miller

February 16, 2020

Jerry was so easy to be around. He'd come over after church and sit in the sun room with Norm and me, with his two little girls (Coleen would be on a flight), and feed them french fries.
He was a daredevil. I'll never forget standing on the ridge on our way to Lost Boy, and his saying, "I think we need to ski this bowl". We all said "NO", but he kept encouraging us.(Oh, it can't be THAT bad",etc.) Then over the ridge he went, and we (stupidly) followed into one of the back ...in a snow storm....a blizzard. I ended up face down in a gully with my skis sticking up behind me.
You always felt that there was some mischievousness behind that quiet twinkle in his eye.
Another time I was skiing with all the guys from the Beaver Ck mtgs, and Jerry was behind me. I said, "Jerry, you can go on. You don't have to babysit with me" and he said, "are you kidding, I am skiing my legs off" which I knew was a lie. But in his typical way, he didn't want me to feel bad.
We all lost touch as we ended up in different churches, and even in different towns (Mike Dietrich-Ft. Worth). But those years were great. We were all at Fellowship Garland , and growing in our faith. It was the best time of our lives, but we didn't know it.
Anne Miller

Leah Van Driest

February 15, 2020

Jerry was a classmate at WFHS. His memory is cherished. My condolences to his family.

Pat Reese

February 15, 2020

We had a great time and learned so much during our active time in Kappa Sigma, but did we really realize the impact AEKDB would have on our lives in the future. God Bless Brother.
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Pat Reese

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