BRUCE – Grady T. Ferguson, 89, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Bruce. He was a retired teacher and coach, a former Calhoun County Superintendent of Education. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Italy for two years. After coming home from military service he went to Northwest Jr. College and Bethel College in Bethel, Tenn. He became a teacher and football coach. He coached at Crowder, Calhoun City, Algoma, Bruce, Iuka, Fayette County, Tenn., South Pontotoc and Calhoun Academy. He was a member and Sunday School teacher, at First Baptist Church in Bruce.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Mickey Ferguson will officiate, and Bro. Darrell Logan will assist. Burial with military honors will be at Bruce Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Ora Mae Box Ferguson of Bruce; three daughters, Kay Ferguson Tyler of Bruce, Joan Ferguson Claunch of Bruce and Pam Ferguson Todd of Burnsville; seven grandchildren, Mark (Sheila) Ferguson of Bruce, Jeff (Sandy) Ferguson of Bruce, Chris (Cathy) Smith of Horn Lake, Robert (Teena) Tyler of Bruce, Traci (James) Maglothin of Horn Lake, Alison (Phillip) Tyler of Bruce, Mandy (Joey) Johnson of Iuka; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Velton E. Ferguson and Ida Mae McCormick Ferguson; a son, Pat Ferguson; a sister Lorene Murphree; and a brother, Alon Ferguson.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and a great-grandson. Honorary pallbearers will be football players.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bruce First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 535, Bruce, MS 38915; or Bruce Museum, c/o Bruce Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1013, Bruce, MS 38915.
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