A funeral service honoring the life of Scott C. Ferguson, age 79, of Sulphur Springs will be held at First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, with Dr. L.C. Stout officiating.
Interment will follow at North Hopkins Cemetery on Hwy 19.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Logan Ferguson, Jonny Ferguson, Jackson Ferguson, Bryce Steyer, Cameron Steffey, Ethan Carter, Landon Carter and Luke McNeil. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Durham, Vaden Richey, David Mabe, Bruce Fielden, Richard Teer, Tommy Long, George Brown, Jack Chubb and Hubert Simpson.
Scott Ferguson passed away at his residence on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
He was born in Soper, Okla., March 18, 1934, the son of Scott Clinton Ferguson Sr. and Edith Merle (Wise) Ferguson. He married Mary Lynn Hatfield in Texarkana on Dec. 19, 1998; she survives.
Mr. Ferguson strongly valued education, as is evidenced in his extensive background which included studies at East Texas State University Doctoral Program, Kansas State Teachers College (Master of Science), Southeastern State Teachers College (Bachelor of Science) and graduate of Soper High School.
He is widely respected for his exceptional professional career, which spanned 47 years of service in public education. Mr. Ferguson retired 10 years ago after serving 24 years as executive director of Region VIII Education Service Center, superintendent of schools at Honey Grove ISD and Sulphur Springs ISD, assistant superintendent, business director of Federal Programs and director of Elementary Curriculum at Marshall ISD, principal at Ulysses, Kansas Public Schools.
He was also active in many professional and civic affiliations including the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Texas Association of School Business Officials, American Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Education Association, Parent-Teacher Organization (life member), Phi Delta Kappa, Texas State Teachers Association, National Rural Education Association, Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, Rotary Clubs, Lions Club, Optimist Club, TRTA – Texas Retired Association and Lake City Crime Stoppers.
He was instrumental in the passing of bonds to build new schools in both Honey Grove ISD and Sulphur Springs ISD, including a bond for the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. He also implemented the Community Education Program in Sulphur Springs.
Other survivors include four daughters, Donna Steffey and husband, Carl, of Brookston, Sonja Carter and husband, Stephen, of Sumner, Tracy Steyer of Franklin, Tenn., and Dr. Jessie Mueller and husband, Matt, of Troy; son Luke McNeil of Dallas; two brothers, Jon Ferguson and wife, Jeanine, of Hugo, Okla., and Jack Ferguson and wife, Pat, of Soper, Okla.; grandchildren Candace Murray, Dr. Coral Steffey, Logan Ferguson, Cameron Steffey, Bryce Steyer, Alyxandra Steyer, Ethan Carter and Landon Carter; and great-grandchildren Taijean Murray, Caileigh Steffey and Tristan Ferguson.
He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Scott Ferguson, and his parents.
Memorials in his honor may be made to Texas Rural Education Association (TRER), P.O Box 1894, Mount Pleasant, Texas 75456 and/or Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas (SAFE-T) 204 Patrick St., Mount Pleasant, Texas 75455-5965.
Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
The online register can be signed at: www.murrayorwosky.com
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