Ernest H. Ferris, Jr.
Ernest H. Ferris, Jr.
  • October 4, 1923 - January 25, 2018
  • North Carolina

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Ernest H. Ferris, Jr., 94, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Friends Homes at Guilford.

A celebration of Ernest's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 27, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 1000 West Friendly Avenue, with Dr. Steve Pressley officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Ernest was born October 4, 1923, in Guilford County, NC, son to the late Ernest Ferris, Sr. and Ollie Ferris. He was a graduate of Greensboro Senior High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Guilford College and proudly served his country during World War II while in the Navy with the rank of Quarter Master on the USS Columbia and was a Quarter Master of the Sea Scouts.

Ernest was an avid bridge player and sports fan. He enjoyed woodworking, painting, gardening, traveling with his wife and sailing. He was a Deacon at First Baptist Church and went on many missions to build orphanages. Ernest volunteered for Meals on Wheels and drove many people who needed help getting to their doctors appointments.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ferris was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Ferris; brothers, Bill and Robert Ferris and his sister, Jane Steele. He is survived by his sons, Steve Ferris, David Ferris; daughter, Nancy Barcus and husband, Mark all of Greensboro; grandchildren, Matthew Barcus and wife, Heather of Wilmington, Sarah Porter and husband, Wes of Asheville, Scott Ferris of Philadelphia, Hannah Ferris of Greensboro and great grandchildren, Levi and Rowan Barcus. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staff of Friends Homes at Guilford for the compassion and care given to Ernest while in their care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ernest's memory may be made to First Baptist Church, 1000 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27401 or to Friends Homes at Guilford, 925 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Ferris family with arrangements.