Donald Ray Ferguson joined our heavenly Father on Monday, October 15, 2012 after a chivalrous battle with cancer. He was born on May 19, 1953, the son of Sam and Mary Jane Ferguson of Prospect. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Brenda Walton Ferguson, for 40 loving years. Together they raised two wonderful children, Randall Scott Ferguson and Ashley Walton Ferguson. A man of character, strength, quiet leadership, kindness, and sharp wit, he was loved by his family and community. His giving heart touched many as a coach, teacher, mentor, and friend. Mr. Ferguson was a loyal employee at the Carpet House for over 35 years. There was never a dull moment working with him as he was always ready with a wisecrack or anecdote to brighten the day. He was an avid sports and outdoor enthusiast with an uncanny knack for remembering stats, trivia, dates, and landmarks. In addition to his wife and children, he is also survived by daughter-in-law, Lisa Ferguson; grandchildren, Taylor and Justin McCarty; brother, John Mitchell and wife, Rose of Singer, Louisiana; brother, Sammy Ferguson and wife, Gloria of Farmville; sister, Debra Goodrich and husband, Teddy of Keysville; and many adoring nieces, nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph Mitchell. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 19 in the Chapel of Puckett Funeral Home with interment at Trinity Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at the funeral home.