YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, October 14 at L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, for Herbert Marvin Ferguson, 101 years old, whom passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The family will receive visitors an hour before the service from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon on Saturday at the funeral home.
Mr. Ferguson was born June 26, 1916 in Toms Creek, Virginia, a son of Grant C. and Sarah L. Pierce Ferguson.
Following high school graduation, he served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War.
He and his family resided in Morgantown, West Virginia as he completed his higher education. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education, Master’s of Arts in Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
He worked as a social worker for the Child Guidance Center and as a barber at John English’s barber shop at Westlake Crossing in Youngstown, Ohio.
He made his home here with his wife, Ida B. Ferguson (deceased) and family from 1957-1966 at which time he relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where he worked as a social worker for the state of Michigan. Mr. Ferguson returned to Youngstown to assist his daughter with a business venture in 1994.
He was a lifetime member of the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Mr. Ferguson was honored at the 2015 A.C.T.I.O.N. banquet where he received many accolades and citations from city and state officials, along with President Barack Obama.
To cherish his memory, he leaves two daughters, Marva Nathan of Boston, Massachusetts and Nicolette “Nikki” Morgan of Youngstown, Ohio; an adored younger brother, Lucian Ferguson from Cinnaminson, New Jersey; a beloved niece, Dorothy Locklear of Columbus, Ohio along with eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of friends in the area.
His youngest daughter, Monessa (Tinsley) Crabb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, preceded him in death.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, any desired donations be made to Southern Care Hospice, 5401 Ashley Circle, Suite E, Austintown, Ohio 44515.
Funeral arrangements handled by L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
A television tribute will air Thursday, October 12 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.