Wallace Harvey Ferguson, 80 years old of Carrizozo, NM died peacefully at his home on Sunday April 23, 2017.
Wally was born in Carrizozo, NM on June 14, 1936 to Louise and Wallace Ferguson. Wally lived in Capitan, NM and attended Capitan High School where he graduated in 1954. He was a determined athlete, played quarterback and was a member of two state championship football teams. He played in what is known as the Greatest Football game ever played – the Tularosa Football Game. He attended NM A and M on a football scholarship starting in 1954 and majored in vocational agriculture. He had a successful football career and was nicknamed The Bull. Wally was also named The Greatest Aggie in 1956.
On December 28, 1959 he married Anne Gallacher in Carrizozo and had three children. They began their married life together in Farmington NM where Wally taught Ag. The next year they moved to Capitan where he continued his teaching career and coached football, basketball and track for four years. In 1963 Wally and Anne began their ranch life together. Wally truly enjoyed ranching, cattle and improving their cow herd. Wally and Anne started a Red Angus Cow Herd in 2000, raising Registered Herd Bulls and cows.
Wally was involved in his community and agriculture throughout his life. He was a member of the Carrizozo School Board for 18 years, was president of the NM Beef Council, a member of the NM Cattle Growers, NM Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Association and Chairman of White Sands Missile Range Extension area. He was the 1995 NM Cowbelle Man of the year. Wally was a devout Christian and was a member of the Nogal Presbyterian church for over 50 years. Until the very end he thanked our dear Lord for his many blessings.
Wally loved his family! Anne was his true equal and they enjoyed doing everything together. Over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table many decisions were made and plans discussed. Wally enjoyed a very close relationship with his children and 7 grandchildren. He attended countless games, dances, school functions, college activities. – all with a smile on his face.
Wally is preceded in death by his dad Wallace Harvey Ferguson, mother Louise Fritz Ferguson, and his older brother William Henry Ferguson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Anne and his three children Lisa Shivers and husband Mike, Matt Ferguson and wife Becca, Mary Jane Cooper and husband Jim. He has 7 grandchildren Mary Beth Reid and husband Clayt, Bailey Shivers,
Michelle Gardner and husband Clayton, Joel Ferguson, Sarah Ferguson,,Joyce Anne Cooper, Kate Cooper, and Great Grandson Christopher Wallace Reid!
The funeral service will be held on Sunday April 30, 2017 3:00 PM at the Armstrong Tabernacle at Bonita Park.
Donations may be made to Wally Ferguson Memorial Scholarship at any Wells Fargo Bank.
Donna, Clay and families,
Knowing Floyd all our lives was a priveledge and a joy. So blessed to have him in our lives. Playing marbles with the kids, helping us work cattle and just sitting and having a cup of coffee are the good memories we will have forever.
God Bless each of you.
In Prayer and Friendship,
Billy and Sharon Bird
Minette and Preston Harper.
Tennise Lucas, Warren Letchworth,
Amanda Whaley, Tarra Teel and Tyrel Harper and families.
Bill and Sharon BirdRoswell, NM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God send you his comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Marvin L. MartinHondo, NM
We are very sorry for your loss and deeply saddened. Wally was a genuinely warm and kind man and always made us feel like family even as years and decades passed between our visits. Anne, Lisa, Matt and Mary Jane our thoughts are prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. I wish we could have spent more time together, I will never forget all of the fun we had at the ranch and how wonderful you all were to us and our family. Wally was such a good guy and I will never forget my one and only roundup with "Uncle Wally". A tank top, tennis shoes, baseball cap and sun tan lotion made me stand out a little from the real cowboys I guess. Wally laughed a lot and made sure I never forgot how silly I looked! I will never forget him, he was a great man.
Mark and Annette KingRiverton, UT
Wally was one of the most friend gentle I met in Carrizozo an he an Ann have exceptional children
I am so sorry for your loss Matt and Becca. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. With lots of love.
Courtney Cummins DuncanLometa, TX
Rest in peace Wally. Our prayers are with Annie and family.
Jim & Rene McCoyRoswell, NM
I am so sorry for your loss! I am sending hugs and prayers to everyone!!!
Rutalee ToddMcKinney, TX
My deepest sympathy to the Ferguson family. It was a true honor to meet and provide care for Wally. Your family is truly one in a million and some of the nicest people I've ever met. God bless you all!
Kelli with Encompass Home Health
Kelli MarableWhite Oaks, NM
Sending our condolences to Ann & all the family,
Waynette Wooton All the Wooton families @ Roswell Livestock AuctionRoswell, NM
Our condolences to you and into all of the family. We can still Picture us all together at New Mexico State. Doesn't seem that long ago, but all of us have been blessed with the years in between. Wally gave so much to his family and his community so there will be many rich memories.
Bert and Barbara BlackwellAlbuquerque, NM
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Wally Ferguson. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and your family during the coming days!
Schlageter FamilyCarrizozo, NM
Rest in Peace Wally.
Glenna Stoneman CoxLithia, FL
So sorry to hear of his passing. He was truly a fine man. Annie we love ya and our thoughts are with you and the family..
Becky Torres and Irene barhamAlamogordo, NM
The Ferguson's have been our good neighbors since 1969. His good humor and smile will be missed.
Jim and Welda GriderCarrizozo, NM