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Rudolph Ferguson, Jr.
January 19, 1949 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Rudolph was born on January 19, 1949 in Dade City, Florida to Mary and James Ferguson who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lenora Ferguson and siblings Hazel Shipman, Geneva Hill, Alvorda Ferguson, Sr., and Emmanuel Ferguson, Sr.
Rudolph attended local schools, but graduated from Stanton Vocational High School in June 1967. Where he took up cabinet making. While in school, he was athletic and played several different sports.
After graduating, in May of 1968, Rudolph enlisted in the United States Army where he was stationed in Miesau, Germany. He received medals of honor while being enlisted. Rudolph received recognition for being with the National Defense Service and a M-14 Sharpshooter. Rudolph worked in many areas of the military. His most enjoyable place was in the kitchen. He became the executive chef. Thereafter, he received many awards due to the increase of the quality of food he prepared. In May of 1974 Rudolph was honorably discharged after he completed the required years of service.
Rudolph worked with several employers. But, one of his most memorable employers was The Duval County School Board where he worked for many years. Rudolph was also an entrepreneur. Rudolph had his own lawn care and maintenance service. One thing about Rudolph, he was a hardworking man and stayed busy even until the end. Whatever he found his hands to do, he did it. Rudolph was a very caring person. He would give you his last and the shirt off of his back. If he had it, then you had it. He was a blessing to many people both young and old. He was very animated and had a story for every situation. His presence filled the room with joy and laughter. He loved to travel to the different festivals here, there, and yonder. A few in particular were the Sweet Potato Festival and Mule Day. In September 2023 Rudolph became a member of Beacon of Light Empowerment Center where the Senior Pastor B. L. Thomas, Jr. and Executive Pastor/Prophet Angel Thomas were his leaders. On January 7, 2024 Rudolph accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Which gave him the key to open the door to eternal life. Rudolph slept away peacefully on January 28, 2024. Rudolph will be truly missed.
He leaves behind his four children to cherish his memory, Anitra Ferguson, Amanda Ferguson, Anthony Ferguson (Zuri), and Tyree Jackson, Sr.; his sixteen grandchildren, Ty'Rece Ferguson (Ashaley), Malachi Collins, Geormare Webb, Geornori Webb, Jeremiah Flowers, Ja'Miah Ferguson-Bennett, Josiah Ferguson, Ja'Nitra Ferguson, Ezac Ferguson, Nathan Ferguson, Tatiyana Johnson, Tyree Jackson, Jr., Parris Jackson, Ja'Zarion Jackson, Jalani Jackson, and Jasmine Jackson; one great granddaughter, Tayler Ferguson. Also left to cherish his memories is good friend, Lillie Riggins, Don aka Unicorn, many friends and other family members near and far.
Sarah L. Carter's Funeral Home Northside is serving the Family.