Clarence Ferguson, 76, of Afton, passed away Sunday at Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.

Clarence was a native of Washington County and a son of the late Cecil and Bertha Staten Ferguson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years: Nancy Lewis Ferguson; two brothers: Cecil and Carl Ferguson; and a sister: Betty Boyd.

He is survived by his son, Michael Ferguson, and daughter-in-law, Melinda Maiden, of Johnson City; a brother: Ronnie Ferguson, of Jonesborough; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Peggy and Randy Hutton, of Oak Ridge; a sister-in-law: Betty Ferguson, of Gray; a brother-in-law: Jim Boyd, of Gray; and special friends: Silvia and Wallace Thompson.

Clarence was a long-time member of First Christian Church in Greeneville, where he served as a deacon.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, including service in Korea.

For more than five decades, Clarence worked in the grocery business in Greeneville and Johnson City. For many years, he has been a familiar face at Ingles in Greeneville, where he continued to work part-time following retirement from his position as a manager.

Clarence enjoyed cars, sports, gardening, gospel music and trips to Dollywood.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends and coworkers.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Service, Afton chapel. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in Jeffers Afton Chapel. The Rev. Tommy Staggs will officiate.

Interment will be in Graceland Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are asked to meet at 10 a.m. Friday at Jeffers Afton Chapel for the graveside service.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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