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John William Ferguson, Jr.

November 22, 1919 - June 9, 2019

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John William Ferguson, Jr. – 99, of Saint Louis, Missouri, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Born November 22, 1919, in Lynchburg, Virginia, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Joyce Honig Ferguson (2003); parents, John William and Lenore Estes Ferguson; and his siblings Virginia Ferguson Connor, Lenore Estes Ferguson, Marjorie Ferguson Lucado, Floyd Thomasson Ferguson, Sr. and Kenneth “Hank” Estes Ferguson.

He was with First Federal Savings & Loan, now BB&T, from 1958 – serving as both President and later Chairman of the Board of Directors – until retiring in 1985.

Educated in Lynchburg, he graduated from E.C. Glass High School, Virginia Commercial College, and was employed by the Appalachian Power Company prior to attending The University of Virginia.

He joined the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II* serving as a flight instructor, Courtland Army Air Base, Courtland, AL, and later as a fighter pilot with the 8th Air Force Fighter Command in England. His service in the European Theater was with the 56th Fighter Group, who destroyed more German airplanes than any other American Fighter Group in Europe.


John was a Trustee, Life Deacon and lifelong member of Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church, now Gospel Community Church Rivermont; a former member of the Lynchburg Housing and Hygiene Board; former Director of the Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association; former member and President of the of the Board of Trustees Virginia Baptist Hospital, now CENTRA Virginia Baptist Hospital; former Director of the Greater Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; former member and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Y.M.C.A; former member of the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army; former member of the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Health Services  Development Committee, now Central Virginia Health Services; former Rotarian; and a Member of Boonsboro Country Club.

Surviving are his children: Janey Estes Ferguson Klamer (husband Mark) of St. Louis, MO; William “Bill” Chandler Ferguson (wife Sheila) of Hilton Head, SC and Laura Lee Ferguson Wright (husband Jim) of East Brunswick, NJ; nine grandchildren: Laura Kerley Klamer, St. Louis, MO; John “Jack” Ferguson Klamer, Seattle, WA; Adam Brugh Ferguson (wife Amanda), Charlotte, NC; Justin David Sutherland (wife Eva), Houston, TX; Drew Chandler Ferguson, Austin, TX; John William Ferguson, III, Austin, TX; Virginia Ashbrook Wright, Brooklyn, NY; Olivia Katherine Wright, New Brunswick, NJ; Bryan James Wright, East Brunswick, NJ and great-grandchild Isabel Irma Sutherland, Houston, TX; as well as several nieces and nephews and extended family in Appomattox County, Virginia.

Special appreciation goes to Willie (Penny) Smith, Barnes – Jewish Hospital (BJC) Hospice, and the staff at Sunrise-on-Clayton, St. Louis, MO, for their exemplary care.

A viewing will be held 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, Va. 24502.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM, Gospel Community Church Rivermont, 1301 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA,  [] with interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, section AB, 3000 Fort Ave, Lynchburg, VA, which will include military honors.

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After internment, the family will hold a reception at The Virginian Hotel, Eleanor Rose Room, 712 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA, [].

Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Community Church, Rivermont; the Salvation Army; the American Heart Association; Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) – please specify pancreatic cancer []; or a charity of your choice.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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