- Last Updated on 07:53 AM 05/20/13
Maureen Ferguson went Home on May 13, 2013; her son was with her when she passed.
Verna Maurine Ferguson Gill was born July 14, 1922, in Gadsden, Ala. She grew up in Fort Payne and Attalla, Ala., graduating from Etowah High School in 1940. Not long after her graduation, she changed the spelling of her name, on her own, to “Maureen.”
She met Bill Gill, a native of Henderson, N.C., in Montgomery, Ala., when she accompanied a friend, Hildred Ellis, to see Hildred’s future husband, Gerald Naylor. Gerald and Bill were training to fly B-24 bombers at Maxwell Air Force Base during World War II. Maureen and Bill were married in Attalla, Ala., at First Baptist Church on June 14, 1945.
After living in Durham, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., Charleston, S.C., Nashville, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., and Paducah, Kentucky, where Bill had various positions with Sears, the family eventually settled in Pensacola, Fla.
In Pensacola, the Gills were members of First Baptist Church until 2005, when Rick moved his membership to East Brent Baptist Church, and Maureen moved her membership in 2006.
She was also a former member of the Bouquet Garden Club for many years, winning many awards for daylilies and camellias.
She was preceded in passing by her husband, William Hester “Bill” Gill, former manager of Sears, Pensacola, in 1989; her parents, Verna Mae (Rhodes) and Richard Monroe Ferguson, of Attalla, Ala.; her mother- and father-in-law, Mamie Clinton (Edwards) and Clarence Lee Gill, of Henderson, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Preston T. Phillips, of Gadsden, Ala.; a sister-in-law and her husband, Alma (Gill) and J.B. Pugh, of South Boston; a sister-in-law and her husband, Ora Lee (Gill) and “Cleve” Harris, of Locust Grove; a sister-in-law and her husband, Annie Shelton (Dunkley) and Allen Gill, of Henderson, N.C.; a sister-in-law and her husband, Lavina (Dudick) and James Gill, of Henderson, N.C.; a first-cousin, Frances Ann Watkins, of Birmingham, Ala.; and three nephews, Ronald “Ronnie” Ferguson of Haines City, Fla.; Rodney Harris of Providence, KY; and James “Jimmy” Gill of Warsaw, Kentucky.
She is survived by a son, William Richard ”Rick” Gill, of Pensacola; a sister, Mary Elizabeth (Ferguson) Phillips, of Gadsden, Ala. and a brother, Richard Monroe Ferguson Jr., of Fort Payne, Ala.; a niece-in-law and great-nephew, Debbie (Robinson) Ferguson and her son, Richard ”Lance” Ferguson, of Haines City, Fla.; a nephew and niece-in-law, Richard Phillips (Beverly Phillips), of Birmingham, Ala.; a nephew, Preston ”Tommy” Phillips Jr., of Bridgehampton, N.Y.; a niece and nephew-in-law, Beth (George) Day, and great nieces Claire Day and Brooke Day, of Gadsden, Ala.; a niece and nephew-in-law, Patricia (Ferguson) and Curtis Mitchell Sr., of Fort Payne, Ala.; a first cousin, Noel Ferguson, of Attalla, Ala.; a great-nephew, Lee Ferguson, his wife (Anne Mueller Ferguson), and great-great nephews, their sons, Richard Ethan Ferguson, Caleb Tiger Ferguson and Noah Lukas Ferguson, of Oberhaching, Germany; a great-nephew, David Ferguson, of Washington, D.C.; a nephew and niece-in-law, Richard ”Butch” Ferguson (Teresa Elliott Ferguson), of Albertville, Ala.; a great niece and great nephew-in-law, Kristy Ferguson Parker (John Watkins ”Watt” Parker), and their children, great-great nephew Max Parker and great-great niece Kate Parker, of Arab, Ala.; a great nephew, Curtis Mitchell Jr., of Clearwater, Fla.; a nephew, Allen Edwards Gill Jr., of Henderson, N.C., and great nephew, Parker Gill, of Henderson, N.C.; a nephew, Brien Pugh, of Prospect Hill, N.C.; Lee Pugh (Cheryl Daniel Pugh) and their daughter, a great-niece, Karla Pugh, of South Boston; and a niece, Cynthia Gwen Harris, of Locust Grove.
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel.
Funeral service was held 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at East Brent Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla., with Dr. Dale Patterson officiating. Burial followed at Bayview Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Don Williams, Jerry Gordon, Josh Fulford, Allen Smith, Eddie Pitman and Ed Chadbourne.
Honorary pallbearers were Chris Alphin, Ed Holt, Elliott Dobelstein, Bill Whibbs, Jack Sutley, Charles Clevenger, the “Alabama” band, W. L. Jameson, Steve Shell and Pat Hammergren, and, posthumously, Warren Briggs Sr., Vince Whibbs Sr., Bill Warren, Mertz Hanberry, Charlie Bobe, Francis Johnson, Glenn Smith and James Pugh.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the East Brent Baptist Church Library Building Fund, 4801 N. Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL 32503, to help replace a building destroyed by a hurricane.