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Lowell Thomas Ferguson Sr.

SoVaNow.com / April 22, 2013
Lowell Thomas Ferguson Sr. of 16185 L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at his home.

He was born in Pittsylvania County on Feb. 14, 1935 and was 78 years old. He was the son of the late Walker Douglas Ferguson and Cecil Shotwell Ferguson and was married for 58 years to Doris Younger Ferguson. He was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church where he was a former Sunday School teacher and was treasurer for over 50 years. He was retired from the Virginia Department of Highways and was retired from the Army National Guard where he attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major (CSM). He also was a member of the French Masonic Lodge AF&AM, was a lifetime member of the NRA and a member of the Clarkton Hunt Club.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by four sons, Lowell Thomas Ferguson Jr. and wife Debbie of Dunn, N,C,, Andy Ferguson and wife Ginger and Glenn Ferguson and wife Beth, all of Nathalie and Rod Ferguson and wife Michelle of Richmond. Also surviving are three sisters, Frances Clark of Keysville and Elizabeth Guthrie and Carolyn Francis, both of Nathalie, a brother, Barry Ferguson of Lynchburg and ten grandchildren, Brittany Coburn and husband Chris and Lowell Thomas Ferguson III, all of Coats, N.C., Samuel Ferguson of Dunn, N.C., and Jonathan, Caleb, Lydia and Bethany Ferguson, all of Nathalie, and Walker, Mackenzie and Lillian Grace Ferguson of Richmond.

A funeral will be conducted on Tuesday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at Staunton River Community Church in Brookneal with the Rev. Andy Ferguson and the Rev. Tom Ferguson officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Memorial Presbyterian Church at Volens.

The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. and at other times at his home.

Those wishing to give memorials should consider Memorial Presbyterian Church, C/o J. E. Saunders, 5125 Volens Road, Nathalie, VA 24577.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.powellfunerals.com.

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home.

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