Mr. Clyde Robert Ferguson

October 7, 1927April 30, 2018
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Lenoir—Clyde Robert Ferguson, known as “Pop Ferguson” of Pop Ferguson Blues, 90, of Lenoir went home to be with the Lord on April 30, 2018.

Clyde was born October 7, 1927 in Wilkes County, he was the son of the late Rev. Gordon and Nora Williams Ferguson. He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria Ewing Ferguson; sisters Louise Ferguson, Mary Banner and Ruth Ferguson; brothers Sam Ferguson and Enoch Ferguson and son-in-law Tuyerl Maxwell.

Pop Ferguson attended Unity of Faith Church of Lenoir and Peoples Tabernacle Of God, he was an Army veteran of WWII. He was well known for being a talented guitarist and vocalist for Pop Ferguson Blues. His greatest achievement was in 2008, when he was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute Library of Congress for Blues and Gospel Music.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Elaine Setzer-Maxwell of Lenoir; a son Clyde R. Ferguson Jr. and wife Karen of Mt. Holly; sister Willie Mae Featherstone of Lenoir; grandchildren Ava Setzer, Michael Setzer (Erica), Kimberly Johnson, Kailey Hill (Cain), and Kristen Tolman (Kurt); 16 great grandchildren, special niece Linda Lockhart, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A Celebration of Life Service to honor Mr. Ferguson will be held, Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Pendry Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Michael Sloan officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service, Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1:00 pm until 2:45 pm at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home and other times at the home of his daughter Elaine Setzer-Maxwell.

Burial will be at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN.

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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Clyde Robert Ferguson.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mr. Clyde Robert Ferguson

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Greta Lint

May 6, 2018

Clyde and Karen, I am so sorry to read about Pop's passing. But oh what a rich life he had. I am so very blessed to have met him - and to have gotten to work with the two of you. To have a parent who is as talented as Pop was is a true lifelong gift. You were blessed.


Karen Barlow-Goodsell

May 3, 2018

First time I met Pop was at the first festival Clyde Jr arranged. Can I say he had Lenoir Square hopping and swinging with that soul music. What a legend we in Lenoir were so fortunate to have. Can you imagine the Heavens filled with Pop's music. Whew!!! I pray for comfort and peace to entire family. Sorry I can't be there as I live in Wilkes county now... where Pop is from!!!

Kimmie Rogers

May 3, 2018

I was fortunate to have Pop Ferguson and his sister come by my office one day years ago for an auto insurance quote. Little did I know that would be the day I was lucky enough to meet Pop and learn about his mark on music and talk and laugh the entire time he and his sister were in my office. He was full of life and character. I grew to enjoy him and his music so much that my husband and I would follow him to places where he was playing. I feel very blessed to have known Pop and the world is a better place because he was here. I will be out of town this weekend or I would certainly be at his services. I know he will be looking down on us all and singing with all of us. Rest in peace, Pop! Hugs, Kimmie

Theresa Bentley

May 2, 2018

Clyde Jr. was my daughter's (Elizabeth) bass instructor. She was 11 at the time. My dad was failing in health and we decided that for his birthday Clyde would bring Pop to the house. Pop and Elizabeth were going to play for my dad. (as a surprise). They arrived and I held the door open for Pop. He came into the house first with Clyde, Elizabeth and myself coming in behind. As soon as he seen my Dad they started talking about old times. They were laughing like two school boys. I looked at Clyde as my daughter was looking at me and Clyde. I said mmm, I think we missed something somewhere. The evening was awesome.