March 23, 2013

Rodney Charles Ferguson, age 65, Middlesboro, KY, passed away suddenly Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at his home. Rodney was born Sept. 13, 1947 to Dorothy Mays Ferguson and the late Wilburn Ferguson. Rodney accepted Christ at an early age and in his early years attended Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Rodney attended the old Lincoln High School and the Middlesboro High School from which he graduated. After high school he joined the U.S.M.C. and became a Sargent, he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his aggressive leadership and courage in the face of the enemy. Rodney was employed by the old Middlesboro Leather Company and also Consolodition Coal Company for many years, before becoming a D. A. V. Rodney will be deeply missed by the Middlesboro Community and by all who knew him.

Preceded in death by his father, Wilburn and grandmother, Gussie Ferguson; grandson, Davon Howard; two aunts: Loretta Blackburn and Thelma Williams; uncles: Mark, Oscar, Jim and Cecil; father and mother-in-law, Ella and Will Drake; cousin, Gloria Newell and brother-in-law, Kenneth Drake; niece and nephew, Mary drake and Adrian Witherspoon and many other cousins too numerous to mention.

He is survived by mother, Dorothy Ferguson, BNH; children and mother of his children: Rodneyta (Demilton) Rocker, Sabrina (Tim) Ferguson and Rodney II (Stephanie) Ferguson and Vivian Ferguson, all of Knoxville, TN and family, his brother, Tommy; grandchildren: Brooke, Destiny Tayshawn Ariana, Kevon, Adonis and Octavia; nieces and nephews; Toa(Xavier) Gregory and family, Tommy (Donna) and family; aunts: Ella Mae Reed and Marcella Davis, special cousin, Francis Blackburn; sisters and brothers-in-law: Anette (Roberta) Huesca, Irene (Ken) Thomas, Donnie, Ardella, Billy and Frank also Minerva Ferguson; other relatives include the Drake Family, Newell Family, Blackburn Family, and Johnson Family; special friends, Romell Johnson, Irusha Martin, Theresa Williams, Patricia Edwards, and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will have a private memorial service on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Shumate Funeral Home Chapel with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to the Shumate Funeral Home.

God bless each and every one, no matter what you have done. It is a blessing to have friends and family like you all are.

Sometimes things that seem the worst, turns out to be the best. So, think of this as a precious time to get a little rest, for while we can not understand why things happen as they do, the one who hangs the rainbow high has planed your life for you. So, may it comfort us to know that he is in Gods care, for we all are a part of God, and God is everywhere.

We love you Rodney, you will be deeply missed.

Shumate Funeral Home is entrusted with all arrangements.

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