Judy Ferguson Moss, age 97, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord after a long, full life on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Center on Aging and Health. Judy is a native of St. Paul, VA but lived all her life in Erwin. She is a daughter of the late Clarence E. and Pearl Bausell Ferguson. She was a lifelong member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Judy loved God and worshipped anywhere she was. She was an avid giver to her church, as well as to many local, state and national organizations. Judy was awarded the highest honor of Tennessee, “Colonel, Aide de camp, Governor’s staff.” She was the first resident of Governor’s Bend Retirement and Assisted Living facility in Erwin, a member of the Red Hat Society, one of the founding members of the Get Acquainted Club, and a master cake baker at the Appalachian Fair. Judy was always ahead of her time and loved people. Simply put, Judy was a unique and inspirational woman. She had many friends, ranging from young to young at heart, and from old to new. She was a night owl who loved cooking and entertaining in her home. Judy played house all her life and made her surroundings change with the seasons. She loved pretty things and was a very creative florist, crafter, and seamstress. She called herself a Doer. She was married to the love of her life, Frank “Dick” Moss, for 68 years. She stated “I’d have married him sooner, but he didn’t ask. He said that we didn’t have anything in common.” In addition to her parents and husband, Judy is preceded in death by: her sister, Virginia LaVerne; her brother, Reverend C. H. “Bud” Ferguson, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two nephews, Kenneth Ferguson and Phillip LaVerne.
Judy Ferguson Moss has left behind to cherish her memory:
Sister: Shirley Walker, of Little Rock, Ark.;
Nieces: Mary Lambright and husband, William, of Little Rock, Ark.;
Judith Anne Barnett, of Oklahoma City, Okla.;
Nephews: David Ferguson and wife, Karen, of Oklahoma City, Okla.;
Alan LaVerne, Tulsa, Okla.;
Larry LaVerne and wife, Patty, of Charleston, S.C.;
Joe Moss, of Nashville, Tenn.;
Hank Moss and wife, Kathy, of Nashville, Tenn.;
Clay Moss and wife, Vicky, of Pearl, Miss.;
Special friends: Buzz Flye, of Johnson City, Tenn.;
Betty Peterson, of Erwin, Tenn.;
The Pitcock family, of Unicoi, Tenn.;
Numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of the East wing at the Center on Aging and Health and to her nurses, Beverly and Ann. Also, to the staff and friends at Governor’s Bend Assisted Living, the family extends a special thanks.
The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Judy Ferguson Moss in a memorial service to be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Centenary United Methodist Church. Reverend Kim Isley will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by Robin LaFever. An informal visitation period to share memories and offer support to the family will follow the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 203 N Elm Ave., Erwin, TN 37650.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.valleyfuneralhome.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValleyFuneralHomeErwin. These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Judy Ferguson Moss through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.