Edwin William ""Eddie"" Ferguson passed away peacefully on September 18, 2013 with his wife by his side. Eddie was born June 4, 1930 in Big Spring, Texas and grew up in Uvalde on his parent's ranch. He graduated from Acorn High School in 1949. In 1950 he joined the Air Force and served honorably for four years at Barksdale Air force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1951, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Chambers and they had an amazing life together for 63 years. After the service, he moved back to Mena, Arkansas where he owned and managed Eddie's Esso Service Center. In 1958, he and his family moved to the Mesilla Valley where he lived the rest of his life. He worked as an insurance adjustor and managed several Pic Quiks before settling into his job as an Energy Research and Development Specialist with PSL on the NMSU campus. He also owned and operated Eddie's Refrigeration Service for many years. Eddie served in many capacities including the Masonic Lodge where he was a member of Jornada Lodge #70, Dona Ana Daylight Lodge, and Aztec Lodge #3. He was a 33rd degree Mason ,a White Cap in the Scottish Rite Temple, and a well loved Rainbow Dad. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lodge 4038, but is most fondly remembered as a Shrine Clown who brought countless smiles to adults and children's faces with his balloon making abilities. Along with being on the Cowboys for Cancer Research and Treatment Committee, he was one of the best fundraisers an organization could ask for, especially for those that helped kids. He and Marilyn made countless visits to the Shrine Crippled and Burned Children's Hospitals with homemade stuffed toys to distribute to the children. He was also instrumental in starting the Dyslexic Center at the Scottish Rite Temple in Las Cruces, which continues to impact many children in the community. Eddie is survived by his wife Marilyn, his daughter Kaye (Ted Goddard), daughter Gaye (Brent Westmoreland), grandsons Blake and Chad Faubion, and sisters Itto Flowers and Podie Ligon. He was preceded in death by his son, Edwin William Ferguson, Jr., his parents Ned and Bernice, his brother Johnny and his sister Sis Edge. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, as well as countless friends whom he adored. His will be missed dearly by his farm friends Maddix, Pearl and Ruby for whom he always had treats. Eddie was a stealthy pool player, an eagle eye shot with a pistol, and his grandsons' biggest fan for their football games. He rarely went anywhere without his Mayfield Trojan jacket and cowboy hat. He was one of the first Tennessee Squires and was very proud of his square foot of land in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Eddie never met a stranger, and his stories captivated countless friends - young and old alike. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, especially his family who loved him unconditionally. The family would like to thank Mesilla Valley Hospice (Mona and Rosina) for their tender care and compassion. Special thanks to Allison and Sylvia for their support, comfort and care. Masonic services were held at the Masonic Cemetery with Blake Faubion, Chad Faubion, Jim Ross and Gary Beverage as pall bearers. Honorary pall bearers were Kyle Holmes and the Mayfield Trojan Varsity football team. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice or to any Masonic Lodge. Services were entrusted to La Paz – Grahams Funeral Home.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Sept. 21, 2013
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