Ferguson, John David

February 24, 1952 - October 5, 2019

John David Ferguson was surrounded by his family as he entered the presence of his Lord and Savior on October 5, 2019.

John David was born on February 24, 1952 in Longview, Texas to Rev. John and Bernice Ferguson. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three daughters, Leslie Sanderson, Emily Baker, and Molly White; three sons-in-law, Justin Sanderson, Adam Baker, and Zachary White; and six grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sisters, Suzanne Messersmith (Gary) and Carol Gremillion (Terry); brothers-in-law, David Ponder (Leanne), Stephen Ponder (Bliss), and Mark Ponder (Julia); and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

John David is a graduate of Denver City High School and Baylor University. His entire career was spent in business, both in the corporate world and small business ownership.

Above all, John David’s greatest joys were serving his family and serving his church. John David served Prestonwood Baptist Church as a Trustee, Chairman of the Deacons, Chairman of the Personnel Committee, and Bible Fellowship Teacher.  He also served as a Trustee for Prestonwood Christian Academy and as a founding Trustee for PCA’s South Dallas school, The King’s Academy. John David loved supporting the ministries of Bonton, as well as the Bill Glass Prison Ministry.

John David’s legacy of faith, love, and service is sure to be impactful for generations to come. His best qualities were his strength, generosity, great tenderness, and sense of humor. Throughout his battle with leukemia, John David pointed his family and friends to the faithfulness of God and the assurance he had in his salvation through Jesus Christ.  He often reminded his family, “Either way this goes, I win.”

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7


Memorials may be made to:  Sponsor-A-Child Program



The family will receive visitors in the Fireside Room at Prestonwood Baptist Church on Thursday, October 10 from 5pm -7pm.

A Memorial service will be held in the Worship Center at Prestonwood Baptist Church on Friday, October 11, at 11:00 a.m., with Dr. Jack Graham presiding.


Prestonwood Baptist Church

6801 W. Park Blvd.

Plano, Texas 75093


The King’s Academy

1819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Dallas, Texas 75215




Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

14 replies on “Ferguson, John David”

Debi Wathen says:

John David was such an amazing presence with such a mischievous side that was hilarious! I pray for Carol Ann and his daughters and family and my dear friend Carol Gremillion. You are a wonderful family and I wish you all of the comfort the Lord provides.

Betsy Carmichael says:

Heaven just acquired one of the most beautiful, Godly souls. Carol, you and John David were my first ‘second’ parents. My heart is breaking for all of you. You are each in my prayers right now. I love you.

John and Trisha Harbus says:

We loved John David and we have loved the Ferguson family over the years. We’ve been praying for you and will continue to do so. John David was a wonderful man.

George & Liz Jackson says:

JD has been such an inspiration to our Covenat Class. We share in your loss.

Gale Richardson says:

I have known John David from childhood, and I count my blessings for that privilege. He was always so quick to extend a welcomed arm of inclusion and a sincerity of concerned thoughts for the human other; for exclusion was foreign to him. He could fill a room full of laughter, but a unique laughter that had the potential to settle any uneasiness or even calm the pangs of life that may surround us momentarily. For such laughter enveloped the very traits innate in his spirit: the love of God, the love of his family, and the love of others. What a fine human being and evidence proves so through his beautiful family members, who carry with them his traits that accomplished great things for the betterment of humankind. Perhaps, with time, the very spirit of that laughter may be the most important factor comforting those who miss him deeply and love him wholly. Heaven is even sweeter and more dear knowing that John David is in the presence of His King, who fashioned his spirit with that all-encompassing laughter that connected us all to God’s love.

Debra Beauchamp says:

My deepest condolences for your loss of John David. I have such fond memories of him and his sweet family as we were growing up in the church in Bovina. He had that kind and loving spirit then. Prayers for your comfort and peace as you remember him in the coming days.

Becky (Hathaway) Rittenberry says:

My heart is saddened, but my soul rejoices with the Ferguson family and friends, on the promotion of John David to his Eternal Home. May the Lord bless you with peace, comfort and the fragrance of sweet memories. Fervent prayers go with each of you. With love in Him, Becky (Hathaway) Rittenberry.

Paul Bosse says:

R.I.P. John. All the best to friends and family.

Andy Townes says:

I have few childhood memories that do not include John David and his entire family. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Heaven gained a good un.

Nancy McCutcheon says:

Sending prayers and love to Molly,Zach and family. Im so very sorry you lost your dad,Molly.

Jeri Wray says:

I found myself crying after reading that obituary because John was so full of life and joy…one of my favorite memories of him is that at the end of every month if he achieved the $$ in sales that he had projected, he would swing by my desk, lean down right in my face and with his index finger extended say gleefully,
Because I knew that he really knew this, I would always say,
“John, you know you didn’t make your number. GOD made your number!” He would always agree and we got a good laugh about it every month.Can’t wait to see him again!

Ron LaDuke says:

John helped my wife and I fly into Dallas for a Cirrus event a few years ago and appreciated it very much. What a great guy. Think of him often even though didn’t
Know him very long. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Carol and his entire family.

Connie and Guy Smith says:

Our prayers seek Comfort for your precious family John David… You will be truly missed….so much love in our hearts for all of you
Guy and Connie Smith

Pamela Ryan says:

John David was a great leader and will be missed!

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