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John "Spanky" Ferguson

January 6, 1949 — September 2, 2021


Dallas – John Daniel "Spanky" Ferguson, 72, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family and his pastor.

He was a native of Gaston County and was the son of the late James Luther Ferguson and Eddie Shell Ferguson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph E. Ferguson.

John was a member of First United Methodist Church, Dallas. When he went to work for the Town of Dallas in April of 1974, he quickly became a vital component for the municipality. John was promoted throughout his career with the Town of Dallas from Groundman to Electrician I to Lineman I to Foreman then promoted to serve as the Public Utilities Director on August 14, 1990, and gave many more years of dedicated service as the Director until his retirement. He not only served the Town of Dallas for many years, as an Electrician and Public Utilities Director, but volunteered his time in the community. John was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine in June of 2008. He was a member of the Gaston Masonic Lodge #263. John was always a busy man at work and in the community; but never too busy to be an involved "Dad" in his children's lives as well as many other "kids in town" who looked to him as their role model growing up. He served as a Coach for the Dallas Dixie Youth Baseball (1978-1994); Dixie Youth League President (1982-1986; Dixie Youth District Director (1987-1989); and was very instrumental in organizing the Dixie Youth T-Ball League in 1982. John later served as the Assistant Baseball Coach at W.C. Friday Middle School from 1989-1990.

After his own children grew up, he would later receive the best gifts ever.… the blessings of becoming a proud "Pa Pa" to the most wonderful grandchildren whom he adored!

If you were blessed to know "Spanky" then you will cherish your memories of the kind, compassionate, helpful, and loving soul that he was to his family, his friends, church family, past co-workers, and his community. He will be missed by so many that loved him dearly.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ruth Bell Ferguson; children, Tisha Ferguson; John Daniel Ferguson II and wife Wendy Baucom Ferguson; grandchildren, Taylor Hughes Gary, Abby Grace Ferguson, and Kate Maris Ferguson; brother, James E. Ferguson and wife Susan; sisters-in-law, Jean and husband Gary Poole, Mary Ferguson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, September 8th at First United Methodist Church, 301 West Main Street, Dallas with Reverend Billy Ervin officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., prior to the service.

Interment will be at Long Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Abby Grace Foundation, Post Office Box 1023, Dallas, NC 28034.

Condolences may be made to

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the Family.

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