Martin Ferguson

April 14, 1942August 8, 2018
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Iron Duff-Martin Ferguson, 76, died on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at the VA Medical Center Hospice. Martin was born in Haywood County on April 14, 1942, to the late Frank Melvin and Nellie Green Ferguson. He was an avid outdoorsman including fishing, deer hunting, working on hot rods, water skiing and was an accomplished marksman at Asheville Practical Shooting Association. Martin retired from Taylor Ford with 17 years faithful service. He served honorably in the US Army.

In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Ferguson.

Martin is survived by sisters, Theresa Hawn (Earl) and Elaine Ratliff (Wayne); nieces, Amy and Raina Hawn, and Emily Ratliff Osborne (Matt); nephew, Adrian Ratliff; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Martin’s life will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, August18, in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations with the Reverend Jerry Parks officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made in Martin’s memory to VA Medical Center Hospice Unit or to the Haywood County Animal Shelter.

He will be greatly missed by family and an abundance of lifetime friends.

A message of comfort may be left for the family and an online guest registry may be signed at


  • Visitation Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Delonda Roberts

August 17, 2018

Elaine, and Theresa. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family. I will love Martin until the day I die. He was one of a kind. Rest in peace Martin.

Theresa Hawn

August 17, 2018

Theresa Hawn

August 17, 2018

Pam Ingersoll

August 14, 2018

I only met Martin once, he was a very nice man and quiet.
I heard many wonderful stories of his life and how much he enjoyed the life he had. His family loved him very much and will miss him.
Prayers & blessings on the family as they grieve his loss. His memory will always be lasting in your hearts.

Pam & Jim Ingersoll & the Ingersoll family

Allen Smith

August 13, 2018

Martin was a great person,a mentor in so many ways to me, he was one of the few people that would actually help you out if you needed it, he taught me so much about cars, and fueled my interests in hot rod cars, guns, and life in general. Everything he ever taught me I still use and remember to this day, he was the one person that everybody always wanted to hang out with on Saturday nights when him and the mustang came to town. If you had questions, he was a good person to help solve your problems, he loved to sit around and talk shop, weather it was guns cars or other aspects of life, we would talk about it, he enjoyed life to the fullest and there was never a dull moment when he was around. He was the person that could keep you laughing all the time. He was full of wisdom through out all aspects of life and he will be greatly missed. God speed my friend and go catch up shop with Fred miller and wait on me, I’ll see you again soon.

Claude Rathbone

August 13, 2018

I am writing this for my dad, Claude Rathbone. My dad and Martin were cousins. My dad has talked to me a lot about Martin the last few years. He told me about the times that they would go to the reunion in Fines Creek. He said he remembered when Martin started school. Dad said Martin was so little when he started school. Dad thought the world of Martin. He sends his blessings to the family. He wished he could of been there. Dad turned 89 this year. He sends his love to Martin' s family

Maggie Hartline

August 13, 2018

I met Frank at dialysis. He sat beside me for 4 hours a day , 3 times a week We became good friends We shared the ups and downs of the treatment we had to have He was a good man. He talked about the car he was restoring Told me about others He had restored. He was very proud of them. He also told me about His cat Suzy and what a comfort she was to Him Before He became really ill. We would go to lunch on Fridays after treatment and have a good time
My heart is broken that He is gone But I know He is better now He is happy and well. No more illness No more pain He has happiness that will never end
I’m keeping you all in my prayers

Donna Mills

August 11, 2018

It was a true pleasure to know Martin. He was a wonderful person and a blessing to everyone including animals. Martin will be truly missed by his family friends and acquaintances. Thank you God for blessing us with Martins life. With love. Russell and Donna Mills

Sandra Hyder

August 10, 2018

Martin was such a kind and wonderful person He help anyone out I grew up with him and his sister There's (Fiddle ) I called her Martin and my brother J.T.were best buddies they raced together and did lots fun things He will surely be missed by our family as he had been coming to eat with us and celebrate Holidays RIP my Friend Love Ronnie & Sandra Hyder & Lily Laine

Gary Medford

August 9, 2018

Martin was my friend my big brother I work for Martin for years he helped me in so many ways His love for drag racing was so awesome and long range target shots was unreal and everything he did was amazing and he put 110% into it! Martin help a lot of people in his life so I know the good Lord has a good place for Frank Martin Ferguson Prayers up for Martins sisters.