Dist Mot Lizzie (Howard) FergusonNovember 2, 1929 ~ February 8, 2019 (age 89)
Lizzie B Ferguson (Liz) was born November 12, 1929 in Homer, Louisiana to Lester and Annie Clyde Hayes Howard. She was one of nine children. At an early age, her family moved to Camden, Arkansas, where she lived until her death February 8, 2019. She was a phenomenal woman - an entrepreneur, devoted wife, mother, homemaker, and community organizer.
Liz believed in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a child, she was a member of the Friendly Temple COGIC Church. When she became an adult, she became a member of the where she was active in Sunday school and the Charmer’s Circle. She remained a member there until the time of her passing.
Liz married Randall Carter Ferguson, Sr. December 29, 1947. From their union six children were born: Carter Ferguson (deceased), Randall Carter Ferguson, Jr. (Helen) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; James Henry Ferguson, Sr. (deceased); Robert Charles Ferguson, Sr. (Lyndia) of Shreveport, Louisiana; Jeannette Ferguson Angles (Shaun) of Andover, Massachusetts; and John Matthew Ferguson of Seymour, Tennessee.
As a teenager, she worked in Camden as a cook at small, Black-owned restaurants. She later studied cosmetology at Velvetex Beauty College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Upon graduation, she returned to Camden where she demonstrated a penchant for mathematics and accounting, and managed the business side of her husband’s restaurant until it closed. At the same time she raised five children and managed her own business as a hair dresser and hair product manufacturer until 1968. In 1968 all of her children were in school, so she went to work at Baldwin Electronics, where she worked until retirement in 1994.
Not only did Liz run her own businesses, help in her husband’s business, and raise five children, she was also active in local and national politics—participating in voter registration drives, arranging rides to the polls, campaigning for political candidates and working at the polls on Election Day to ensure a fair process for all. She worked at the local campaign headquarters for former President Barack Obama. Her proudest and happiest political moments were the election and re-election of former President Obama.
In addition to her parents and two children, Liz was preceded in death by a stepson, Claude Ferguson, Sr. and a granddaughter, Mary Angles. Also eight siblings: Marjorie Howard Willis, Willie Howard, Bertha Howard Torrence, Dalton Roosevelt Howard, Sr., Thomas Howard, Clarence Howard, Louis (Sonny) Howard, and Cleotis (Brother) Howard.
Liz leaves the following to carry on her phenomenal legacy of love, devotion, leadership, entrepreneurship and community service. Her four living children noted earlier; ten grandchildren: Temeka Douglass Williams (John) of Arkansas; Randall Carter Ferguson, III “Trae” Illinois; Robert Charles Ferguson, Jr. (Karen) of Arkansas; James Henry Ferguson, Jr. of Arkansas; Cameron Rashaun Ferguson of Los California; Michael (Jana) Ferguson of Arkansas; Derrick Jamar Ferguson of Arkansas; Taylor LaShaun Angles of Massachusetts; Samantha Gwendolyn Ferguson of Alabama; and Ian Howard Angles of Massachusetts; five step grandchildren: Claude Ferguson, Jr (Felicia); Sophia Ferguson of Illinois; Jennifer Ford (Arthur) of Illinois; Tracy Dennis (Greg) of Missouri; and Patrick Ferguson of Illinois; eleven great grandchildren; eleven step great grandchildren; 5 step great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.