David Lee “Beaver” Ferguson, 82, of Paris, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at his home. He was born October 25, 1934, in Rockport, Illinois at home on Jimtown Hollow to the late Russell William Ferguson and Gladys Marie (Gray) Ferguson. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Joanne (Grunden) Ferguson; two sisters, Janice Ruttman and Sally Henry; one brother, Charles Ferguson; and one granddaughter.


David was a retired pattern maker. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, and he was a Jehovah’s Witness. He was one of six children, Charles Ferguson, Sally Ferguson-Henry, William Ferguson, Janice Ferguson Ruttman, and Bryan Ferguson. He married Phyllis Joanne Grunden on April 3, 1954. In February, 1955, the first of their five children were born. Brad Ferguson, Kent Ferguson, David Ferguson, Fawnda Ferguson Chacon, and Leann Ferguson Catlett. He has ten grandchildren, Anna, Kimberly, Daniel, Colin, and Shawn Ferguson, Emily Tippit, Nick Kresz, Samantha Addie, Marie, and David Chacon; three great-grandchildren and one expected to arrive in September.


His greatest joy besides his family was learning about his God Jehovah. He became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on September 6, 1970. He humbly served as an elder since 1972.


Memorial service was at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 24th, at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Paris, with Elder Dan Allen officiating. Cremation and services are under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Paris.