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Wallace "Wally" Harvey Ferguson
June 14, 1936  -  April 23, 2017

 

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.



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