Carmelita Rose Ferguson

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Carmelita Rose Ferguson, 85, of Searcy, Ark., passed away June 5, 2020, in Ash Flat, Ark. She was born Jan. 28, 1935, in Ash Flat to Forrest and Susie Martin.

A 1952 graduate of Ash Flat High School and a 1959 graduate of Arkansas State College, she worked as a teacher in Williford, Salem, Hoxie and Pleasant Plains. Most of her teaching career was in Kensett. She later obtained a masters degree in education from Arkansas State University.

Carmelita took great joy in children and loved her students, especially those who struggled but were able to become successful in school.

She also taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, most often at the Ash Flat Church of Christ where she attended most of her life.

She was extremely humble and did not boast about herself, except occasionally about her ability as a basketball player. She bragged freely about her grandchildren, nephews, nieces and former students.

She loved sports and regularly attended Arkansas State football as well as menís and womenís basketball games until her health finally kept her away. She also had a passion for genealogy which fit with her love of puzzles and brainteasers.

Carmelita was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Doyne, Bob and Bill Martin.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Jim Ferguson; two sons, David and his wife Susan, Mark and his wife Cheryl; four grandchildren: James and his wife Jessica, John, Andrew and Katie; two brothers, Warren and Gary Martin and two sisters, Carolyn Bowers and Linda Thompson.

Visitation of family and friends will be 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, in the chapel of Tri-County Funeral Home at Highland, Ark., with Stephen Martin officiating the funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Wiles Cemetery in Ash Flat.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for consideration of donations to a charity supporting children or to