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Deacon Cornelius Skipper Ferguson
Age: 89 yrs
Birth Date: April 19, 1925
Date of Date: Mon, August 04, 2014
Funeral Services: Tue, August 12, 2014
Location: St. Johns Native Baptist Church - Meeting Street
Funeral Time: 11 a.m.
Internment: Woodlawn Gardens
Announcement/Obituary: The community of Snug Corner, Acklins laid down their tools used in harvesting of bark as they joined Solomon and Remalia Ferguson in welcoming their fourth son and fifth child; on that glorius day of April 14th, 1925. They named their son Cornelius Ferguson. Cornelius had a quiet spirit and helped his parents and older siblings in tilling the land and fishing the seas of Acklins. Times were hard but like his fellow Acklins islanders, Cornelius used those experiences to shape him into a man who brought honor and pride to his family. Cornelius was a sharp dresser and a fine specimen to behold. He was known as a smooth dancer and his moves were like a hot knife cutting through butter. Hence, he was nicknamed Skipper by friends and those who came to know him. Daddy Cornelius, as he was affectionately called by his children and grandchildren was very special and captured the heart of Mabel Elsie (the only child of the late Rev. Alfred K. and Alvenia Cox. He and his Snug Corner Queen, Mabel were joined in holy matrimony on January 19, 1950. He kept his vows of, to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, till death do us part. On January 19, 2014, they celebrated sixty-four (64) years of marital bliss. Being a man who took his responsibility seriously, he migrated to Nassau to sign up for the Contract to work in Bel Glades, Cocoa, Florida and Minnesota. While on the Contract in the United States of America, Daddy saved his money to ensure that he and his young bride would have a good start on their journey in preparation to the start of a family. Generine, Eulene, Elizabeth, Remalia, Kenneth and Preston. Mr. Ferguson as an industrious man ad worked hard to support his family. He was employed at Lowes Hotel, British Colonial Hotel and Club Land Or. He possessed a strong work ethic and was an exemplary employee at his work place. The numerous Employee of the month and the most outstanding Employee of the Year awards received by Granddaddy Cornelius is proof that he made an impact wherever he went. God is awesome! He takes whatever talent we have and uses it for His glory. Conelius great moves were smooth and those who were blessed to be witnesses got a glimpse of what the Bible meant when it said the Psalmist David danced before The Lord. Brother Cornelius served faithfully while he was in good health and was an ordained Deacon of New Way Native Baptist Church. Deacon Ferguson was all about advancing the Kingdom of God and did whatever he could to assist his Pastor, Rev. Richard Hanna and his fellow members. He loved God and his neighbour as he would himself. Truly he taught his children and grandchildren the way of The Lord. Christmas was a special time for Daddy Cornelius, the patriarch of the family, when he celebrated the birth of his Lord and Saviour with his immediate and other family members. In December 2013, Daddy had a fall which led to him being admitted to hospital and subsequently, underwent surgery on Christmas Eve. Since the surgery, Daddy s health deteriorated and his movements were restricted. Despite his circumstances, Daddy Cornelius never complained. Whenever one inquired of his well being, his words were always Im still here in the hands of The Lord or Thank God Im still alive. His faith in God remained strong. This year, Daddy celebrated his 89th birthday, and those of his wife, children and grandchildren. All of which occurred from the months of January to June, To God Be The Glory! On August 4th, 2014 (August Monday Holiday), after he was given a bath by Generine (daughter) and Charmaine (grand-daughter) at about 8:30 a.m., Daddy Cornelius quietly took the morning train to glory where God welcomed him home with opened arms. Absent from this body, present with The Lord. Left to cherish Daddy Cornelius legacy and fond memories are his: loving and faithful wife: Mabel E. Ferguson; five (5) daughters: Generine Rodgers, Deacon Eulene Williamson, Nurse Berthemae Liz Andrews, Elder Remalia Knowles and Tamika Ferguson; three (3) sons: Kenneth, Preston and Frankyn Ferguson; three (3) sons-in-law: Deacon Lindsay Williamson Sr., Vincent Andrews and Elder Leslie Knowles I; two (2) daughters-in-law: Linda and Patrice Ferguson; two (2) sisters: Couley Ferguson and Francina Hanna; two (2) sisters-in-law: Ellamae and Hilma Ferguson; one (1) brother: Cleveland Hanna; seventeen (17) grandchildren: Evangelist Kim Saunders, Charmane Rodgers, Shemique (Charles) Knowles, Perez (Alexandria) Rodgers, Chineko (Antonia) Andrews, Lindera Williamson, Leskeina Gastin of Savannah, Georgia, Vinshan Andrews, Lezley (Barry) Hall of Toronto, Canada, Kenyen Ferguson, Lindsay Williamson Jr., Vinessa Andrews, Preston Ferguson Jr., Kendra Ferguson, Leslie Knowles II, Donte Ferguson and Shaquille Williams; seven (7) great-grand children: Shonice, Adrielle and Johnathon Rodgers, Antoine and Chenisia Andrews, Lazario Bastian and Joron Gastin of Savannah, Georgia; numerous nieces and nephews: Marjorie Farquharson, Bishop Nelson and Dec. Ivan Ferguson, Una McQuay of Freeport, Oralene Andrews, Lionel and Kathleen Ferguson, Dotlene Ferguson, Thelma Kerr, Sandra McPhee, Michelle Williams, Charles, Raymond and David Funky D Ferguson, Pastor Juanita Ingraham, Evangelist Lilliemae Longley, BettyAnn Grant, Lorenzo Symonette, Minister Lydia Stewart, Annabell, Velma, Patrice, Maria, Geoffrey and Leonard Hanna, Delores Francis, Vern Wallace, Brendalee Knowles, Helen Emmanuel, Diana Deveaux, Judith, Randolph, Gerald, Joel, David, Issac, Aaron and Peter Ferguson, Glenn and Deborah Ferguson, Eartha Pyfrom, Idamae Lafleur, Margaret, Eric & Layton Cox; caretakers: Marcia Pat Forbes and Ms. Bailey; therapist: Eulease Thompson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

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