David Lee “Beaver” Ferguson, who resided in Paris, went to sleep in death passed Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at his home.

He was born Oct. 25, 1934, in Rockport, Ill. at home on Jimtown Hollow to the late Russell William Ferguson and Gladys Marie (Gray) Ferguson. He was 82. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Joanne (Grunden) Ferguson; two sisters, Janice Ruttman and Sally Henry; one brother, Charles “Chief” Ferguson; and one granddaughter, Anna Rosalie Ferguson.

David was a retired pattern maker. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, and he was a Jehovah’s Witness. He was one of six children, Charles Ferguson, Sally Ferguson-Henry, William Ferguson, Janice Ferguson Ruttman, and Bryan Ferguson.

He married Phyllis Joanne Grunden on April 3, 1954. In February, 1955, the first of their five children were born. Brad Ferguson of Kansas City, Mo., Kent Ferguson of Urbana, Ill., David Ferguson and wife Cathy of Chicago, Ill., Fawnda Ferguson Chacon and husband Paul of Paris, and Leann Ferguson Catlett and husband Daymond of Magazine. He has 10 grandchildren, Anna, Kimberly, Daniel and wife Melvyn, Colin, and Shawn Ferguson, Emily Tippit, Nick Kresz, Samantha Addie and husband Shane, Marie, and David Chacon; three great-grandchildren and one expexted to arrive in September, Cora Ferguson, and Trae and Zaraya Combs.

His greatest joy besides his family was learning about his God Jehovah. He became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Sept. 6, 1970. He humbly served as an elder since 1972. In his 47 years serving Jehovah, he was privileged to assist 27 individuals to come to love Jehovah. He spoke of the promise that Jehovah holds out to all, to live forever on earth in Paradise with no more sickness or death. Revelation 21: 3 & 4, In his final days, he would state the words from his favorite song, “It’s just around the corner.” “Paradise is just around the corner.”

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Paris, with Elder Dan Allen officiating. Cremation and services are under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Paris.

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