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Clorodell J. Ferguson
Age: 63 yrs
Birth Date: September 18, 1950
Date of Date: Thu, July 24, 2014
Funeral Services: Fri, August 15, 2014
Location: Annex Baptist Cathedral - Wulff Rd. & Pinedale
Funeral Time: 1 p.m.
Internment: Woodlawn Gardens
Announcement/Obituary: Clorodell Ferguson was born on 18th September, 1950 in the settlement of Forbes Hill, Exuma. She was the fifth daughter and eighth child born to Couley Ferguson and the late Bethel E. Ferguson. Due to her father, Bethel, being a school teacher who travelled to many family islands, Clorodell was the first of two children to be born in Exuma. Clorodell received her education at the Snug Corner All Age School, Southern Junior and Senior High Schools. During her adolescence, she along with her siblings - Brenley & Esthermae (who predeceased her), Kathleen and Lionel were all apart of the Southern Youth Corp. They would always boast about the many social activities and good times they shared. After her family relocated from Acklins in July 1960, they worshipped at the Annex Baptist Church in Nassau. She was a faithful member of the Annex Baptist Church up to the time of her demise. Clorodell s favorite scriptures were Psalms 4 and 56 and her favourite song was Thank you Lord for all your blessings on me. In 1970, Clorodell became employed with the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation (BaTelCo). There she worked in the Telegraphs Department until she accepted an early retirement package in December 1999. On 7th October, 1976, Clorodell s world change when she gave birth to the love of her life, Omar. Clorodell accepted all that came with single motherhood and did all she could to provide the best for her O or Babe. She always supported him in his ventures and was a praying mother whose child s name was constantly on her lips. Clorodell (also affectionately known as Cordie, Auntie Cordie, Joe and Catwoman) was a lady who loved her family. Her friends and acquaintances alike can attest to this. In her younger days, Clorodell was to her nieces and nephews, not just one of the diva aunts, but the no-nonsense aunt for whom you better not mess with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. Her nieces and nephews were like her children and she loved them dearly and never failed to look out for them. When it came to cooking and baking, Clorodell was always willing to try something new and different. If she found a recipe or saw something on television, she would try it. She took her passion for baking to the extent that she joined her niece Nicola in a cake baking class at the College of the Bahamas. Clorodell also loved spending time with her family. If you needed Clorodell for anything, despite her health challenges, once she was able, you could be sure to count on her. Clorodell would attend a wedding, funeral, concert, graduation, family vacation trips (especially cruises), parties/get togethers, beach picnics, church or school events, parades or shopping trips (all of which she did mostly with her sister, Esthermae, who predeceased her 4.5 months ago. Also, her birthday (which she shared with her niece Avis) was a big thing to her. Clorodell would lie off in her bed and await the many telephone calls from family and friends with birthday wishes. On her birthday, she would arrange an outting, and would insist that as many persons that could make it, should come out and celebrate with her. In 1981, Clorodell was able to experience home ownership. Due to her unselfish nature, she was always willing to offer her spare bedroom to family and friends, who needed a place to live. Also her home was the venue for many family functions - birthday parties, showers, potlucks and meetings. Be it on the job, in her neighbourhood, at church or wherever, Clorodell developed lasting friendships up to her demise. These friendships were so strong that they were like extended families to her. In August 1986, a few days after attending her brother Lionel s wedding, Clorodell underwent a neck surgery which left her paralyzed from the neck down. After spending almost one year in Mt. Sinai Hospital, Miami Beach, Clorodell was able to walk and have some use in her arms. But God.... In 2000, Clorodell was diagnosed with three (3) blockages in her heart. She was taken to the Miami Heart Institute where she underwent a triple bypass surgery. But God.... A few years later, Clorodell was readmitted into the Miami Heart Institute for another heart surgery. During this surgery, her vocal cords were damaged, which resulted in her not being able to speak for a few months. But God.... In late February 2014, she was admitted into Princess Margaret Hospital for a minor procedure, however before she could be discharged, she was confronted with the new of the death of her baby sister Esthermae. But God.... Throughout her medical challenges, Clorodell s faith in God grew stronger and stronger. She never allowed anyone or any situation to deter her, as she had seen God come through and do it again, over and over again for her. On Wednesday 23rd July, 2014, Clorodell was experiencing a little shortness of breath and was making plans to attend her Doctor’s appointment the next day. When she spoke with her niece Damaris, later that evening, she told her about how she was feeling. Damaris instructed her to anoint herself before going to bed and to sleep on several pillows, to assist with breathing. After having a late night snack that her son Omar had just bought for her, Clorodell watched the news and TBN, said her prayers, anointed herself and talked for awhile with her house guest Amy, before they said goodnight and went to bed. However, little did we all know, God had another plan for Clorodell. Instead of awaiting her 2 a.m. telephone call from her prayer partner, Mrs. Culmer or having Damaris take her to her Doctors appointment; in the early hours of Thursday 24th July, 2014, Clorodell closed her eyes and slipped quietly away to meet her appointment with her Lord and Saviour. Clorodell was predeceased by her father, Bethel Ferguson, brothers, Rev. Brice and Brenley Ferguson, and sisters, Cynthia Palmer Curtis-Rolle and Esthermae Ferguson. Left to forever cherish her memories are: Son: Omar Ferguson; Mother: Couley Ferguson; Sisters: Oralene Andrews, Una McQuay, Kathleen Ferguson, Hazel Andrews, Rev. Edris Bowe, Judy Deveaux and Betty Greenslade; Brothers: Bishop Nelson Ferguson, Deacon Ivan Ferguson, Lionel, Eddie and Kendal Ferguson, Pastor Ellison Greenslade and Alvin Greenslade; Sisters-in-law: Rev. Dr. Gloria Ferguson, Maud, Sally, Christina, Keturah, Marcella and Martha Ferguson, Leila and Pandora Greenslade; Brothers-in-law: Burntell Andrews, Bishop Hartman Rolle, Edward McQuay, Lincoln Ferguson, Ernest Bowe and John Deveaux; Numerous nieces and nephews including: Evanette, Brent (Crystal) and Dwayne (Elizabeth) Ferguson; Avis Baker, Valerie (Edwin) Rolle, Claudette, RBPF Sergeant Neil Andrews (Gail), Nicola and Elridge (Debbie) Andrews; Pedro (Lakesha) and Dawnette Ferguson, Dr. Renae Ferguson Bufford and Sheniqua Henfield; HMP Principal Officer Charles (Valencia), Pastor Randolph (Laverne) Curtis, Damaris, Benson (Densina) Curtis; Coshell (Dwayne) Nairn, Rondon and Brandon (Tonisha) McQuay; Iral, Ian (Tamara) and Ivanya Ferguson and Indira Williams; LaRon and Larrissa Ferguson; Lionel Jr and Leonardo Ferguson; Carmen Forbes, Lisa Bowleg and Ken Andrews; Stacia Bowe-Williams; Leandro Ferguson; Como Ferguson; Latisa Whyte; Nicolette, Destiny, Ellison II and Elliott Greenslade; Calvin Greenslade; Numerous grand and great grand nieces and nephews including: Christopher (Deiatra), Jasmine, Baron and Joshua Ferguson; Jermaine (Tamara), Jamal (Shawell) and Jemellia Baker, Valicia, Valene and Vallyah Rolle, Neil Jr., Britney, Bria, Gaynell, Anton and Ashton Andrews, Antonio Thompson; Deniero and Taelor Ferguson, Charles and Isaiah Bufford, Sheniya Henfield; Charlos, Charzia, Lavelle, LaShanne, Randolph Jr., Breah, Canaan and Camyra Curtis and Krizia Thompson; Shyon and Zoe Nairn and Kaeden McQuay; Seandira Williams, Ichiro and Illiah Ferguson; Numerous godchildren including: Neil Andrews, Rayandra Nairn, Donae Bethel, Tonique Lewis, Sametri Dean and Koshelle Cookie Russell; Aunts & Uncles: Francina & Cleveland Hanna & families, Mable, Ellamae and Hilma Ferguson and families; The families of the late: Alice Cox, Simeon Ferguson, Levinna Cox, Cornelius Ferguson, Gerald Ferguson, Jerlene Symonette, Donald Ferguson, Dorothy Williams, Wilshire Ferguson and Martin Ferguson; Special Friends: Collette Brown & family, Althea Connolly & family, Jandilee (Jenny) Archer & family, Iris Tynes, Rosetta Hamilton & family, Nathalie Nairn & family, Gertlene Dean & family, Clarice Allen, Ivy Knowles, Mavis Tinker, Mavis McKenzie, Janet Cooper, Ann Kemp, Jackie Turnquest, Arrie Evans, Louise Adderley, Liz Williams, Naomi Bethel, Natasha Adderley, May Lightbourne, Lorinda Butler, Arthur Sweeting, Albert & Laverne Bowe, Maude Kerr, Miriam Rolle, Charlotte Culmer & family; Numerous other relatives and friends including: Marjorie Farquharson & family, Sidney Cunningham & Family, Naomi Cooper, Betty Major & family, Barbara Russell, Tasia Campbell & family, Renee Bethel & family, Bessie Johnson & family, Dorothy Prosper & family, Oral Ferguson & family, Carnetta Munroe & family, Apostle Mitchell E. Jones & Family, Rev. Dr. Jackson Miller & family, Rev. Willard & Elvie Cunningham & family, Rev. Anthony Cleare & family, Dec. Cecil Jones & family, Dec. Bobby Dames & family, Dec. Ruel Forbes & family, Rev. Reginald Ferguson & family, Bishop Ghaly Swann, Elizabeth Archer-Werner, Joan Forrester & family, Ruthmae Dames, Amy Alexander, Bridget Malipande, Clarice Rolle, Mavis Hanna & family, Albertha Kemp & family, Martin Family, Annex Baptist Church family, The BTC & BCPORA family, Terrell Seymour & family, Forbes family, Curry family, High Tree Estates family, former Southern Youth Corp family and many others too numerous to mention.

 

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