Kirksey Funeral Home


Carnell Renee Ferguson

January 28, 1966March 26, 2021

“To everything there is a season, and to every purpose under the heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant; and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to morn, and a time to dance.” —Ecclesiastes 3:1-2,4

On March 26, 2021 God in his infinite wisdom called his servant Carnell Renee Mathis Ferguson from service to reward.

Carnell was born January 28, 1966 in Morganton, the late Douglas Garfield Mathis and Evangelist Ella Jean Jones Mathis.

Carnell was a faithful member of St Paul AME Church in Lenoir N.C. where she served as the Director and past president of the New Jerusalem Choir. Carnell was a Steward, on The Stewardess Board #2, member of the Usher Board where she served as secretary and Missionary Unit Leader. Carnell also served in the Lay and Pastor’s Aide organization.

Carnell and David were foster parents to seven children ranging from ages five to eighteen years old over a period of 7 years. Carnell was an active member and instructor at Carolina Tae Kwon Do and Century Karate over a period of 30 years. For 12 years, Carnell worked at Hickory Hill Furniture and she worked 7 years at Foothills Corrections. Carnell was currently employed with Greer Laboratory.

Carnell was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Douglas Garfield Mathis Jr., maternal grandparents Ella Pearl Caldwell & Charles Jones, paternal grandparents Frances Corpening Mathis & Garfield Mathis and a sister-in-law Zona Mathis.

Carnell will be dearly missed by all. Those left behind to cherish her memory include her husband David Mark Ferguson of 34 years, Amanda Williams (Dennis) of Connelly Springs, Edward Mathis of Elizabeth, TN; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 05, 2021 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Due to COVID-19 masks and social distancing will be required .

The Ferguson family has entrusted arrangements to Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton.


  • Receiving of Family and Friends

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, April 5, 2021


  • Interment

    Monday, April 5, 2021


Carnell Renee Ferguson

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Connie (Ferguson) Hash and Dwight Hadh

April 10, 2021

Condolences and love from Connie Ferguson Hash and Dwight Hash on the passing of Carnell. Love spans time and space. Know that our heartfelt love is unending.

Connie (Ferguson) Hash and Dwight Hadh

April 10, 2021

We send our love and condolences to you and the entire family on the passing of Carnell. Love spans time and distance. Our heartfelt concern and love is present with you for a lifetime. Connie and Dwight

Rita Rankin

April 5, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. To the family, including Amanda, Jared, Nathan & Cher, we send our love and are praying with you.

Carla Staton

April 5, 2021

Sending Love and Hugs to my family in Morganton, NC. I remember our early days of spending summer days with Amanda and Carnell. Rest in Peace, Cuz! 🌸


April 5, 2021

My heart also breaks at the loss if our beloved Carnell. Her beautiful smile and lovely singing voice will be truly missed, but never forgotten!
My prayers go out to David and the entire family during this difficult time. I pray that the peace and comfort of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will rest upon each of you.

Ingrid Corpening-Dan

April 3, 2021

We send to you abundant comfort and peace and compassion throughout this difficult time. Please know we are here for you, so please reach out if you need anything....if only just to talk.
We love you, sweet cousin!!

Ingrid Corpening-Dan and family

Antoinette Garrison

April 2, 2021

David and family we love you and Praying for God to wrap his loving arms around you🙏🏽

Love and Prayers,
Antoinette Banner Garrison

Sara Banner

April 2, 2021

To David Ferguson and Family! Family we love you and send our heartfelt condolences and prayers! May God continue to give you strength and peace during this time.
From Patsy and the Clarence and Jean Ferguson family

Inda Hurtado

April 1, 2021

Carnell was an absolute joy to work with and such a sweet soul. I'll cherish the memories of us constantly picking on each other and the endless laughter we shared. Praying for peace and comfort for her family.

Darine Thomas

March 31, 2021

My prayers and thoughts are with your family. I knew your Mother for many years and would visit her quite often. May God Bless all of you. Love.