Death of James R. Ferguson, Past Grand Master of West Virginia A.F.&A.M.

James R. Ferguson, 87, a former 60-year resident of Willow Lane, Bridgeport, and more recently of Maplewood and Meadowview Manor, passed away Thursday morning, April 25, 2013. He was born July 18, 1925, in Arnold, PA, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Harbert Ferguson.

He was married for 52 years and 4 months to Marjorie E. Ferguson, who preceded him in death on October 24, 2000.

Surviving are two sons, James M. Ferguson and his wife Barbara of Bridgeport; and Joseph B. Ferguson of Bridgeport; two grandsons, Major Nathan Ferguson and his wife Angela of Fairmont, and Damon S. Ferguson of Bridgeport; two great-grandsons, Jonathan James and Frank James Ferguson, two great-granddaughters, Adrian Roze and Lylah Marie Ferguson; and a sister-in-law, Helen Ferguson, Fairmont.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Ewing and a brother, William Ferguson.

Jim was a graduate of Bridgeport High School, Class of 1943, and was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy, having served in the Pacific Theater. He was a glass cutter for PPG Industries, retiring after 33 years of service. He was a member of Simpson Creek Baptist Church.

He was a member of Late Lodge No. 63, AF & AM. He was a past Grand Master of Masons in West Virginia and Grand Lecturer Emeritus of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia with membership in the Scottish Rite Bodies of Clarksburg and Wheeling.

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Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, from 2 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, with Pastor Richard E. Wilson presiding. Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery.

Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport