Time: February 20, 2021 - 10:00 AM
Meeting ID: 868 2084 0930
Extra, Extra, read all about the birth of Tenner Ferguson who was the tenth child of ten children of the late Harry and Leathia Walker who were so excited about their newborn baby girl. Her brothers and sisters were happy to have their little sister. They all have proceeded her in death. She was born on February 3, 1923, at 3:00 a.m. in Lake Village, Arkansas. At an early age she was baptized in Lake Chichot.
Growing up little Tenner loved to follow papa around all the time, just a little ole spoiled thing. Like a little tomboy she was always climbing trees. In school she played basketball and ran a race or two and perform in school plays.
Tenner was united in Holy Matrimony to Nobel Ferguson on April 21, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois and to this union no children were born. They moved to Maywood, Illinois over seventy years ago. Noble proceeded her in death.
Very enterprising, she was employed too with various companies such as Parker House Sausage, Nabisco and Jay’s Potato Chips; however, nothing was more rewarding to her as becoming the first black own licensed cosmetologist and proprietor of the “Pink Orchid” who lived in Maywood, IL. Her business served as a forum to witness to her clientele about the Lord.
She was a culinary queen when it came to making her famous Louisiana style gumbo. Fried catfish, croppies, bluegill along with shrimps and crab legs were her favorite foods to eat. Having traveled extensively, some of her travels include: Paris, London, Puerto Rico, several Hawaiian Islands, Dutch Luxemburg, Amsterdam of the Netherlands, Germany, Caribbean cruises, Brussels, Belgium, the Bahamas and all but five of our American states.
Adoringly called “Fergie”, Tenner loved fishing and sometimes a movie but one of her favorite activities was bowling with her friends and eating seafood. Fergie loved the Lord with all her heart and soul and occasionally she’s been known to provide shelter for family/friend she was a godmother to many and was an effective counselor. Fergie loved people, basketball and TV shows that made her laugh. Figured you will be dead soon enough and long enough so you better laugh all you can, obey the Lord and get as much out of life as you can.
Fergie was a member of Second Baptist Church for seven decades under the leadership of Rev. Hayden and Rev. Wallace Sykes where she was a missionary and sang in the choir in addition to other ministries over the years. Tenner made 98 years old and gave God the glory for her longevity.
On Tuesday, February 9th, 2021, at 3:01a.m. Tenner went to sleep on earth and woke up in Heaven. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Nobel Ferguson; sisters, Elizabeth McGrit, Mable Taylor; and brothers, Marion Smith, Aaron Walker, and Dorsey Walker. She leaves to cherish her memories, two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; four great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins; godchildren, Marilyn Williams, and Keith Williams; dear friends, Jeanette, Verna, Deloris, Bonnie, Lillie, Vanessa, and many more over the many years; and niece and caregiver, Betty Danley.
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