Ferman Toussant Twitty

November 11, 1935July 27, 2020

Ferman T. Twitty, 84, passed away at his home in Kokomo, Monday, July 27, 2020. He was born November 11, 1935, in Davidson, NC, to the late Jethro and Bernice Twitty. He married Rita Ann (Payne) Twitty on June 30, 1973, and she survives.

Following the death of both parents, young Ferman was rescued from the foster care system by his beloved maternal grandfather Enos. An employee of Davidson College for several years, his grandfather encouraged him to complete his education in an effort to better himself.

After his high school graduation, Ferman enlisted in the United States Army. Being discharged and unable to find employment, he then enlisted in the United States Air Force. After serving his country, he began his employment with Delco Electronics Corporation (General Motors) for over 30 years before retirement.

Ferman was baptized on April 20, 1978, at Pentecostal Lighthouse, Kokomo. He attended Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Assembly, Indianapolis, for several years, and later attended Family Worship Center, Kokomo.

Surviving are his two sons, Andre J. Twitty, Littleton, CO, and Ferman T. Twitty II, Kokomo; three daughters, Therese Twitty-Hornsby, Spring Lake, NC, Diana (James) Twitty-Dodds, Metropolis, IL, and Ingrid Rounds Hardy, Lafayette, IN; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three siblings before his birth and four siblings post-birth, Frank (Bernice) Twitty, Sr., Alma (Larkin Sr.) Hill, Alice (James) Lowery, and Jenny Lynn (Lonnie) Cornelius.

The family will receive friends and guests for a time of visitation from 12 noon until 2 pm, also at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home 2097 West Alto Road, Kokomo, IN. Private funeral services will be Saturday, August 1, 2020, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home. Committal will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

You are invited to read Ferman’s obituary at, where you may sign the guestbook, share a personal message, or order flowers. Memorial donations can be made to The Gathering Worldwide, Inc., PO Box 327, Lafayette, IN 47902-0327. Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery & Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

2:00 PM funeral service will steam online at


  • Public Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Burial

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


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Patricia Wiley

August 1, 2020

Twitty was an amazing guy. Loved by everyone. Always had a smile on his face. It's no wonder everyone he came in contact with, he would leave a lasting effect on them. Mycondolences to my neice Shelly and Diana and my nephew Andre Twitty and his extended family members and friends. Condolences from Trisha, Delores, Joyce, Evelyn, Kathy and Nita. RIP Twitty.

Adel Grady

August 1, 2020

First and foremost I want to say I love you Twitty Bird! What a true man of GOD you were. I know he blessed alot of people with his wonderful spirit, and his love of the lord.. He was a kind and gentle soul. I will remember his soft spoken voice and his kindness to me. Mina Lu, you now have your husband and soulmate with you. I know the both of you are rejoicing in the lord together! He so loved you. So farewell Twitty Bird thanks for the good times and tell Shake em up Hello for me. I know you two will have some catching up to do. God Bless and love always to Mina Lou"s Tribe may your grief be brief and remember the good times always!

Barbara Wiley

August 1, 2020

I always loved when Ferman Twitty better known as "Twitty" would come around, I always thought to myself he was the nicest and happiest man I'd ever met..... I would love when his daughters Diana and Shelly will come over to play with us, who are my cousins because he would always end the day with taking us to get ice cream from the Dairy queen!!!!!! something we didn't get that often , and he didn't care how many kids would go..... so it was always a treat to see him. Loved him! To the family he will definitely be missed and I will definitely keep you all in my prayers. God bless you.

Kianna Tyler

July 31, 2020

Ferman Toussant Twitty has been an amazing great grandfather to me since I was born 23 years ago. He has been “Tapaw” Twitty since I was a young child and was unable to say Grandpa Twitty. He was the man who allowed me to drag him into Washington Elementary School after convincing him that adults were allowed to eat breakfast with the children there before class. He was the type of grandfather who never raised his voice and offered all his grandchildren cookies from the little stash he kept up in the corner cabinet of the kitchen. Tapaw Twitty was a patient, kind, selfless person. I feel privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to know a man such as him and will forever carry the wisdom that he and Nanaw passed on to me. I take comfort in knowing you’re at peace now Tapaw Twitty; because you are with your one true love, you’re with Nanaw. I love and miss you. You are forever in my heart.

Gregory & Vanessa Tyler

July 31, 2020

Tapaw Twitty,
We're going to miss your laughter, your smile and your kind heart. Spades won't be the same without you. You and Nanaw always gave us a run for our money, although we won the trophy at the tournament, you 2 will always be the real MVP's. It was truly a blessing to have a grandfather as amazing as you in our lives. Our children will forever carry the memories of their Tapaw Twitty letting them help him and Nanaw garden and water the flowers. They will never forget the "secret stash" of sweets you kept in the kitchen either. Although you're gone, we take comfort knowing you are with your one true love, our Nanaw. We love and miss you so much. Until we meet again....

Therese Twitty-Hornsby

July 31, 2020

As the first born to my father who was married to my mom in the 60s, I remember the times when he would take me and my sister to get Blue Moon Ice cream, it was the best. It's amazing how some of the simplest things can bring a smile upon your face. We also laughed a lot, danced and loved music. My dad was many things to many people at different times throughout his life and that is a blessing because all those who knew him were able to experience love and friendship at whatever season it was in his life while with you. God gives us the capacity to love many, I glad that my father knew that and choose to do so. He will be missed by many who loved him.

Dawn Washington

July 31, 2020

Gone but never forgotten!❤️

Arletta Reith

July 31, 2020

"Twitty" was a super star at Delco and was a friend to everyone. A co-worker, Howard Burke, was a close friend of his. Every
time Twitty met us in an aisle, Twitty would look at Howard and say "Come alive, Howard, come alive" , smiling all the while. Never once did I see Twitty without that big smile.
He was such a sweet, kind, gentle man ; knowing him was such a pleasure. I am deeply saddened by his passing, but am grateful that he was a friend.

Tony Harrington

July 30, 2020

Tweety was such a special person. He was one of the kindest, sweetest, selfless, men I have ever known.

I think of so many times my family traveled to visit he and Mina. We stayed at their house enjoyed their hospitality and basked in Twitty's humor and kindness and love and affection.

I have special memories of those many times when we traveled to visit. There were holidays and celebrations and sometimes just a weekend where the sisters, which included my wife and Twitty's wife were getting together. Some of those weekends were special for me and Twitty too and we had a lot of fun and sometimes enjoyed some pretty good wine.

One thing I remember is that Twitty knew and liked everyone and they liked him. Wether we were at a wine tasting or going out for dinner or going to the store, people would stop and talk with with Twitty. He was a friendly, caring person and everyone knew him and and everyone that knew him loved him.

My earliest memory Twitty was just months after my son was born and it was before I actually spent any time with him.

I just gotten a new job and was working in Chicago and my wife and kids had not moved yet and were living in Columbus Ohio. Tami my wife, has a sudden galbladder attack and needed to go to the hospital immediately and have it removed. Back in those days it was hard to get news and to get around as quickly as we do now and I could not get there fast enough.

Twitty brought Mina and Connie (the other sister) to Columbus and the sisters took Tami to the hospital for her emergency surgery. Twitty stayed at our house and took care of my son and daughter. He helped my wife, my kids, his wife, her other sister and me... before he really knew us. What a inspirational person.

I am so sad to think about a Kokomo with no Twitty and my heart breaks as I think about me not having Twitty in my life.

I comfort myself in knowing that Twitty is now with Mina.

Twitty, I do wish I could tell one more time how much you we

John Benages

July 30, 2020

Uncle Twitty was an inspiration to all the men in our family! He loved Aunt Mina so genuinely and purely. And shown so many how to love unconditionally... through thick and thin, in sickness and health. He was a pillar of what good men embody. He accepted me into the family with open arms and was always happy to see me! I’ll always remember during “girls weekend” him and I helping grill steaks for the Burnette sisters. I cherished that time just the two of us. RIP Uncle Twitty!


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