You can learn a lot from old obituaries, but you also have to take them with that proverbial grain of salt since the info they contain is only as good as the person writing the obit. AND the deceased is only as “good” as the one writing the obit believes him/her to be, if you see what I mean.
I have no idea who the author of Lottie Ora Wilson Ferguson’s 1937 obit was, but it seems to have been an old friend and a very flowery old friend at that. I believe the following appeared in the Coryell County News in February of 1937. Hopefully, I have typed it just as it appeared.
In Memory Of Lottie Ferguson
Can it be true loving friends and comrades dear, that our darling Lottie is with us no more? How our hearts ache, and bleed, at this sad, sad thought. Surely it must be a dream, one long sad, sweet dream, which will know no waking until the Pearly Gates are open for us.
It seems only yesterday that she was only a girl, my dear, dear pal, singing and giving cheer and sunshine to our home circle, and through her walk of life cheerful and thoughtful of others: ever patient, ever cheerful, and always strewing sunshine and lending a helpful hand.
How merciful, how sweet and good God was to her; just as the night was passing unto a glorious Sabbath morn, he sent his Snowy Pinioned Messenger to transport her precious soul to its eternal home. God has relieved us all of worry and has given her the brightest of futures. God is so merciful, so good to her and took the flower of our home to transplant in his gardens above. Lottie was a true Christian character, so pure and sweet, and to know her was to love her.
Mrs. Lottie Ora Wilson Ferguson was a the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.A. [Bryant Allen and Sarah Jane Nichols] Wilson and a sister to A.G. Wilson and Mrs. A.M. McCallister of Gatesville; others surviving are two sisters, Pearl [?] Sellers of Lomesa, Mary Casselberry [?] of Seymore, J.W. Wilson of Lometa.
She was born February 8, 1887, at Turnersville and joined the Missionary Baptist Church at the same place at the age of 16 in the spring of 1912. She was chief operator at Hamilton where she lived until her departure. On July 5, 1912, she was married to George C. Ferguson and to this union 3 children were born: one dying in infancy leaving two to survive her going. George C. Jr., 19 in Ariz.: one daughter, Sarah Estelle in high school in Hamilton.
The best I can tell with my very limited research, Lottie’s husband was George Clifton Ferguson, son of Alonzo H. and Mary Adaline Moore Keepers Ferguson. He worked for Singer (of Singer Sewing Machines) and was an accomplished musician. He and Lottie met when she moved to Hamilton to accept a position with the telephone office there.
George preceded Lottie in death by two years, dying in the Gorman Hospital after a surgery. Both are buried in the Hamilton Cemetery.
And as always, NEVER take the word of anyone over your own research. If I have made mistakes here, please let me know. Also, if you have a photo we can add to this article, we would be very happy to do that. Thanks!