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Rodney "Scottie" Scott Ferrell

June 13, 1961May 7, 2019
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Rodney “Scottie” Ferrell, 57, passed away on May 7, 2019. He was born on June 13, 1961, in Fort Wayne, IN. Scottie was a graduate of Southside High School where he excelled at basketball. He also attended South Plains College in Plainview, TX. Scottie worked as the Director of Network Operations at CRST Specialized Transportation for over 35 years. Scottie was an avid golfer and was a member of Par-Tee Golf Club and has won several Golf Championships. He was a member of Sons of the American Legion Post 148. He also enjoyed bowling, BBQ-ing, playing cards and going to the casino. More than anything he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a coach, mentor, lover of people and life. Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Laura Ferrell; daughters, Merissa Runyon, Audrey (Matt) Duncan, Amanda (Ryan Anderson) Necessary; grandchildren, Alyssa, Olivia, Grace, and Nick Runyon; mother, Mary Gatson; siblings, Angela Patterson, Robin Miesen, Christopher Gatson, Clara Gatson, Delores Perry, Thomas Gatson Jr., Terry Gatson, Derrell Gatson, Lavarrel Gatson, Cedric Ferrell, and Felisa Cockrell. He also leaves behind two aunts, a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends to cherish his memory. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas L. Gatson Sr; siblings, Larry Gatson and Pamela Ferrell; nephew, Tyann Patterson; and great-niece, London Roberts. Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Ceruti’s Event Center, 6325 Illinois Rd. from 11am to 3pm with a ceremony beginning at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the family would be appreciated in order to create a memorial fund in Scottie’s name. Donations may be made to https://www.gofundme.com/TheAPSFMemorialScholarship.

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Sharon Tice

May 18, 2019

There used to be a feature in Reader's Digest about my most memorable people. Scottie fit the bill for me. I first met him when I returned to Ft. Wayne in 1999 to work for STI. He had many levels to him including an insightful side. Of course we all knew his infectious laugh. When I think of STI, Scottie is one of the people who always comes to mind. He filled every inch of his space. And his passing leaves a hole. My heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends. May the peace of Jesus Christ be with you.

Marie Collins

May 17, 2019

Sorry for your loss and sending my prayers and condolences to you and the family for your loss. Scottie will Truly Be Missed RIP my friend Heaven is getting ready to laugh all the time. My Mr. APSF was the life of any party he attended. I met him in 1998 through NOAM he was the OPS Manager and a very good leader when it comes to the business, there's a time to laugh and time to take work serious. Scottie had that personality that you just had to fall in love with because he was that kind of person that would make you smile and laugh at any given moment. Scottie had brought Jack Jackson in as the facility manager here we had Big Tall guy and a little short guy running the Atlanta facility. Scottie came down for Jack's wedding a group of us along with Scottie went to the wedding and reception and we all had a Blast because of Scottie Ferrell who thought he could dance. I said you're dancing like George Jefferson shorty but you couldn't tell him he wasn't getting down on the floor. Scottie was the Party no matter where he was presence lead him. APSF RIP my friend Heaven is Rejoicing now.

Andrew Hadland

May 17, 2019

It was a privilege to have known and worked with Scottie for the past seven years. He had so many great qualities. He was enthusiastic, honest, resolute, hard working and passionate. His love of life and his job were infectious and he made those around him better. Scottie was never one to complain. He took any bumps in his stride and remained positive and committed to the path he was on. More than anything Scottie was fun to be around. His joy of life and sometimes mischievous attitude made him a great friend and colleague. Scottie, you will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.

Jim Champer

May 17, 2019

I met Scottie though golf over 20 years ago, we enjoyed playing and competing against each other, but most importantly I think we enjoyed each others company and friendship more. Scottie was a guy who by nature would support you if you were struggling and be happy for you when things were going well. He would help you in the time of need and make you laugh when you were down. He was also a good enough friend where he would tell you to suck it up. He lived life well and did the things he enjoyed doing. He was in a word my Friend and I will miss him, it will not be the same without him. The last thing he would say to me when I went back to South Bend was always "Love you back" Well Scottie I just want to say "Love you back" I will miss you brother.

Tom McKerr

May 17, 2019

For more than 35 years I have had honor and been blessed to call Scottie my friend. Great memories playing softball, basketball (well Scottie played rest of us just got him the ball) golf and the times just being together with family and friends. I also have been lucky enough to have Scottie work for my team at STI for many years he always gave me his thoughts on issues we faced day in day out although not always did we agree on the final decision what ever was decided he went full steam ahead to help solve the problem. As he told me often he had my back and that is something that does not happen every day and I appreciated it more then I can express in words. I will miss my friend that smile and great laugh and that love he had for myself and my family same love we had for him. Rest in peace my friend until the day we meet again.

James Cermak

May 15, 2019

Even though I've only known Scottie for a few years, I considered him a dear friend. It was a pleasure to work on his team, he was the best boss I've ever had. Scottie didn't like being called the boss , we were all teammates and he treated everyone with respect. He was an inspiring leader with a great sense of humor, and his laughter was contagious. I appreciated the support and compassion he gave me while my father was sick. It's not going to be the same at STI without him. Gone too soon, but he will never be forgotten.

Jim Gilstrap

May 15, 2019

My name is Jim Gilstrap. I live in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area. I worked with Scottie for over 10 years. I have been retired now for over 2 years.
We worked together on several projects during this time and spent countless hours talking on my trips to Fort Wayne. I worked in the Home Express side of STI but Scottie was always helpful with any data or information that I needed.
I just wanted to let Scottie's family know what a special man that I thought he was. I traveled the country for STI for those 10 years and you would never run into anyone anywhere that did not say great things about Scottie. He had great knowledge of his job, a great personality and EVERYONE loved him.

Scottie will be missed greatly by me and everyone that knew him.


Sara (Gregory) Hoeffel

May 15, 2019


Many years of my young life were spent with Scottie and his family. So much love and laughter.
Such good memories that I have cherished through the years.
I will be praying for peace and comfort for you all as you Celebrate a Life well lived.
Scottie was a one of a kind!
All my love, Sara

Melanie Green

May 15, 2019

We have known Scottie since weisser park school, Ben Geyer and Southside. My husband Ronald had spent more time around Scottie after high school. When Ron and I got married, Scottie would say to me if he don't treat you like a queen you call me and I'll get him straight ok (smiling at Ron like you know how we do it) Ron had shared many great stories about Scottie while in school ( sports) as well as after graduation ( lived together, partying and living life growing up). It was very hard when I had to tell my husband that his best friend had passed away he broke down. Scottie will truly be missed and the Ferrell family is in our prayers

Roger Meriwether

May 14, 2019

Scottie was an instant friend from Geyer junior high as quarterback of our team, all throughout high school and into our adult lives. He will be missed by many, especially me.

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Big sis and lil' nephew Tyaan

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"He was the leader that enabled us to have a wonderful basketball season. We are thankful that he was a part of our lives...

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...and an inspiration to many with his basketball ability, leadership, and kindness off the floor." -Dennis Harp, South Plains Basketball Coach

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Growing up...

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... and havin' fun!

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