- March 19, 1921 - January 16, 2012
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
of Willie's Passing
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The Humble Soldier WILLIE EARL FERGUSON was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Henry and Isabelle Ferguson he moved down South later. He worked for the Fairmount Park Commission as a Gardener I for the Horticultural Center. He was in his world when he was anywhere there were plants, trees, and flowers to heal, nurture and design. He said, if he could do what he wanted in his life, it would be horticulture. Willie was in the United States Army during World War II. He was a Technician 5 (T5) Corporal in a special unit which was called the Red Ball Express that moved all types of supplies to the front line for all branches of the military whether it was gas, medical supplies, food or ammunition. He received 10 battle stars in honor of his missions accomplished and topped it off with a hand shake from General Patton. Willie was never short on stories or advice and had a wonderful sense of humor that was contagious. Every where he went, he left a trail of laughter. He was respected and gave respect. He was a wonderful teacher of life and the lessons he taught, will remain with us forever. He leaves to cherish his legacy: his children, Wilbert, Jr., Andre, Yvonne, Carmen, Janis, Pablo, Pierre and Gerald (Lillian); grandchildren, Tanisha, Pasquelina, Ian (Lynn), Monique, Mark, Keya, Dashawn, Chiquita, Montrell, Eugene, Antonio, Tymbre, Ameka, Kevin, Molik and Quadir; great-grandchildren, Helena, Cabreath, Jordan, Tatyana, Tonilynn, and Aubrey; his brother, James Ferguson (Loretta); his sister, Elizabeth; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.