Roger Dale Ferguson

Dec 23, 2013

Friend to Many

CLYDE — Roger Dale Ferguson, 66, of the Upper Crabtree Community, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at The Homestead.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Buford and Eva Best Ferguson.  Roger was a dairy farmer for many years and later became a beef farmer.  He was instrumental in organizing the Crabtree Iron-Duff Fire Department and a member of Crabtree Against Nuclear Dump.  He was also an active member of the Back Country Horsemen of the Great Smoky Mountains, a former Member of the Pisgah Trail Blazers, and former Board of Directors Member of the Coble Milk Association.  He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Yolanda Smith Ferguson; two sons, Travis Ferguson (Kimberly) of Raleigh and Dennis Ferguson (Laura), of the Crabtree Community; two sisters, Gail McElroy (Ray), of the Crabtree Community and Rhonda Mathis (Ronnie), of Waynesville; and four grandchildren, Eli, Natalie, Avery, and Landon.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, Dec. 26, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. R. Curran Welch and Kitty Crain officiating.  Burial will follow at Upper Crabtree Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ethan McElroy, Ronald Mathis, Tim and Michael Lentz, Rodney, Dustin, and Scott Smith, Jeff, Gary, David, and Kenneth Wayne Best, Adrian Presnell, Raymond, Munoz, Ryan Sutton, Derick McSwain, Brent and Chris Turner, and William James. Honorary pallbearers will be the Back Country Horsemen of the Great Smoky Mountains.  A gathering of family will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m., prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Upper Crabtree Cemetery Fund, 537 Bald Creek Road, Clyde, NC  28721 or to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.

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