James Edna <I>Henry</I> Ferguson

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James Edna Henry Ferguson

  • Birth 6 Oct 1923 Walnut, Tippah County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 17 May 2005 Rushville, Rush County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
  • Memorial ID 81102098

James Edna Henry was one of four known children born to John William "Will" Henry and Julia Mora "Julie" Armstrong. She was born on October 6, 1923 in Walnut, Mississippi. She was known by her family and friends as Edna Mae Henry for most of her life; it was only after her death that her birth name was discovered by her family on her eldest daughter's birth certificate.

Edna had two sisters: Martha Frances Henry (Sides) and Gracie L. Henry (Armstrong). She also had a sibling, whose name is unknown, that died shortly after birth.

Edna was a career housewife and mother. She married John Cornell "JC" Gary in about 1943. Together, they had three daughters: Elizabeth Dianne Gary (Shaw), Carolyn Genette "Carol" Gary (Harvey), and Barbara Jean Gary (Nance). Their marriage ended when the girls were very young, in about 1947; the exact date is unknown.

On November 17, 1955, Edna was married to Earnest Howard "Fergie" Ferguson. This union produced no children, but Howard raised Edna's daughters as his own.

Edna lived in Mesa, Arizona, where the majority of her family lived, for a good part of her adult life. About a year before her passing, she moved to Indiana to live with her daughter, Carol. She died from a hip fracture on May 17, 2005 during a hospital stay in Rushville, Indiana. She was cremated; the location of her ashes is currently unknown. (There is a dual headstone for her and Earnest in City of Mesa Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona. He is buried there but she is not.)

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  • Maintained by: Sherri Glasscock Lee
  • Originally Created by: Frank Elsberry
  • Added: 27 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 81102098
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Edna Henry Ferguson (6 Oct 1923–17 May 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81102098, ; Maintained by Sherri Glasscock Lee (contributor 47949018) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.