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In Memory of

John Perry Ferguson

January 1, 1930 - August 4, 2017

Obituary


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Perry Ferguson, Jr. He passed away at Harborview Medical Center on August 4, 2017 at the age of 87, with his wife and daughter by his side. He was a vital and independent man until the very end, when a serious car accident and the complications that arose took their toll.


He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Perry Ferguson, Sr. and Alice Vera (née Robinson); his youngest brother, Frederick Robinson Ferguson; his older brother, Thomas Edward...

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Perry Ferguson, Jr. He passed away at Harborview Medical Center on August 4, 2017 at the age of 87, with his wife and daughter by his side. He was a vital and independent man until the very end, when a serious car accident and the complications that arose took their toll.


He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Perry Ferguson, Sr. and Alice Vera (née Robinson); his youngest brother, Frederick Robinson Ferguson; his older brother, Thomas Edward Ferguson; and his sister, Alice Joy Law (née Ferguson). He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mildred Cabezas Ferguson (née Cabezas); their daughter, Beverly Ann Cabezas Huo (née Ferguson); his sons, John Perry Ferguson, III and Howard Porter Ferguson ; his sister, Eva Jane Parham (née Ferguson); and his brother, William Wylie Ferguson; as well as a multitude of lovely nieces and nephews.


John, or "Perry" as he was often called, was born on January 1, 1930, in South Carolina. A true southern boy, he was picking cotton at the age of 5 and driving his first car at the age of 11. He graduated from Clover High School in Clover, SC, enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18, and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War period.


Throughout his life, he was a man of many talents and interests. He was an auto mechanic, a family portrait photographer, a bluegrass musician, a bodybuilder, and a security guard.


Since his youth he was always something of a mechanical genius - continually fixing and tinkering around the house, fixing up old cars, fixing lawnmowers, and building his own cameras, radios, dobros, banjos, and various creative contraptions. He had a knack for figuring out how things worked.


He had a wanderlust that led him to drive cross country over 70 times (sometimes on a motorcycle). His travels also took him to Japan, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. He lived his first 54 years in South and North Carolina before moving to the west coast and settling into life in the state of Washington. He recently found out about his extensive Scottish ancestry, and was eager to take a trip to Scotland and visit the ancestral locales. He also wanted to travel to Egypt and see the pyramids.


In his memory, a visitation will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home in Renton from 12pm-1:30pm on Friday, August 11, with a memorial service beginning at 1:30pm. This will be followed by a committal service with Military Honors at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way.







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