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Roberta Suggs Ferguson

Roberta Suggs Ferguson of 103 Florence Street, Abbeville, SC passed away on August 11, 2012 at The Cottages of Brushy Creek long term care facility in Greer, SC. Mrs. Ferguson was predeceased in 1999 by her husband of 46 years, Lester Ferguson.

Born in Horry County, SC on February 22, 1929 in to the late Thomas Tilton Suggs and Theodocia Elizabeth Hodge Suggs, Mrs. Ferguson was raised in the Loris community of Horry County, SC. She was the last surviving member of her nine sibling family, Alma, Eunice, Nettie, James, Audie, Charlie, Donnie and Kirby.

Visitation will be held at The First Baptist Church of Abbeville social hall on Tuesday August 14, 2012 at 1:00pm until 1:45pm followed by services in the church sanctuary at 2:00pm. The service will be officiated by Dr. John Keith and Rev. Wayne Wiggins. Burial will follow in Little Mountain Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

A graduate of Erskine College, she was married to Lester Willie Ferguson of Due West in 1952 and made Abbeville her home for most of her years. She was retired from the Abbeville County School District. She was an elementary level educator and taught several grades through her 30 year career. She had the pleasure of teaching kindergarteners who were children of former students. She was a member and former officer of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Mrs. Ferguson was an active member of the Abbeville Community for a many years. She and her family were active members of the First Baptist Church of Abbeville. Mrs. Ferguson was a member of the Adult II and the Bible Study Sunday School Classes. Roberta led several church committees including renovation of the social hall and she sang in the adult choir for many years.

Roberta was a member of several civic organizations including The Garden Club and the Entre Nous Book Club and was instrumental in the formation of the Heritage House. Roberta loved gardening and was a winner of many ribbons and awards in gardening competitions. She contributed flowers yearly to the Abbeville Spring Festival.
Roberta was always thoughtful of others and gave much time to the betterment of the community. Roberta volunteered time to Meals on Wheels and to work at the Abbeville Hospital.

Mrs. Ferguson is survived by her daughter Leslie Ferguson Bumgardner and her husband Charles of Lexington, SC; their children Keller Ann Bumgardner, a teacher in Memphis TN and a son John Sherrod Bumgardner, a sales representative for Grainger Supply in Lexington, SC. Mrs. Ferguson is also survived by a son Thomas Lester Ferguson and his wife Michele of Greer, SC; their children Elizabeth Marie Ferguson, a sophomore at Clemson University and Matthew Thomas Ferguson a junior at Greenville Tech Charter High School.

The family wishes to recognize the staff of The Cottages long term care facility in Greer. The companions and medical staff of Rose Cottage provided excellent and compassionate care during Roberta's last two years.

The family also wishes to thank our friends and church family in Abbeville and elsewhere who supported Roberta through hundreds of cards, letters, well wishes and prayers.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to invite donations to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund or the church building fund PO Box 825 Abbeville, SC 29620.


Abbeville First Baptist Church
307 N Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
1:00 - 1:45 PM


Abbeville First Baptist Church
307 N Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
2:00 PM


Little Mountain Presbyterian Church Cemetery
3836 Hwy 28 N
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

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Leslie and Tommy, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Mom and Dad were very special people who were always so gracious and kind. God Bless Tina

Tina Rosser Aug 14 2012 12:00 AM

Leslie an Tommy i was so sorry to here of the death of Roberta she was a DEAR friend . i will be unable to attend the funeral but my thoughts an prayers will b with you then and the days that follow Martha Whaley

Martha B. Whaley Aug 13 2012 12:00 AM

Tom, Leslie & families: Our sincere condolences on your mother's passing. May you always remember the good times to help with your sadness on this day.

Ron & Jackie Lemonde Aug 13 2012 12:00 AM

Leslie and Tommy, I was so sad to hear about your mom. Your dad and her were so good to Riley and Will and they loved to come over to visit Lester and Berta!!. They always had candy for them and it was such a special treat. Take care. Love Brandt and Beth

Brandt and Beth Addis Aug 13 2012 12:00 AM

My sincerest condolences. We wrote a book of poetry one summer. Hal Leith

Hal Leith Aug 13 2012 12:00 AM

Leslie & Tommy, We will be keeping you & your families in our thoughts and prayers. I have only wonderful childhood memories of 'Ms. Berta' when we all lived beside each other growing up. I know your parents are smiling down with great pride from above. We love you all dearly. ~Merry (Goin) Moore

Merry Beth (Goin) Moore Aug 13 2012 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Roberta's passing. I delivered flowers to her for many years - she was always a pleasure to see.

Ann Sealman Aug 13 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry for the loss of Roberta. I didn't know her well but worked several years with Lester at Sharon Plant. I thought a lot of him. May God give your family Peace.

Scott and Carolyn Seagle Aug 12 2012 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear the news of Roberta. I always enjoyed talking with her, she was such a sweet Lady. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Steve

Steve Sutherland Aug 12 2012 12:00 AM

God has just recieved another friend. Roberta is now holding the hand of her love, Lester. I am sure they are walking among the flowers another love of her life. God is so good. paula weis

Paula Weis Aug 12 2012 12:00 AM