A Time For All Things. . . . .
A Time To Be Born:
Minister Mary Ferguson Murphy was born on May 15, 1953 in Attapulgus, Georgia to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jafus Ferguson. She was preceded in death by her father Jafus Ferguson; her loving mother Louise D. Ferguson; her loving son Todaro Murphy (whom died at birth); her loving daughter Carolyn L. Murphy, and her brothers Lonnie J. Ferguson, James D. Ferguson, Leroy Ferguson, and Eugene ‘Gene’ Ferguson.
A Time To Serve:
At an early age, she was converted. She is the late Co-Pastor of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Fowlstown, Ga. During her time as Co-Pastor, she became the founder of Oak Grove’s Women Ministry, the chairman of Oak Grove’s Nursing home ministry, and a faithful member of Oak Grove’s Pastor Coalition. Under her direction of leadership, Minister Mary Ferguson Murphy was a devout supporter of her Pastor (Reverend Johnny Brown) and his endeavors. Always willing to serve, Co-Pastor Minister Mary Ferguson Murphy recently received her ordination in October 2019 adding to the many great deeds on her list of accomplishments.
A Time To Learn:
Minister Mary Ferguson Murphy received her education from the public schools of Decatur County, Georgia, and continued to further her education at Bainbridge Junior College in her most recent years. In her later years, she developed a passion for Culinary Arts, a heart for the needy, and became a key proponent of Women Leadership in the Church, which she did until the day of her departure.
A Time To Embrace:
Minister Mary Ferguson Murphy loved her family dearly, and cherished time spent with family both near and far. After the late passing of her mother, Mary proudly stood in the gap as a monumental motherly being for all of her brothers and sisters left behind without question. Not only did she stand in the gap for her late mother, upon the passing of her daughter Carolyn, she again stepped in to continue to raise her grandchildren as her own with no questions asked. She also was well known for the genuine love and compassion that she showed towards her loving husband, Lorenzo Murphy, of fifty wonderful years of matrimony. During their marriage, they shared six beautiful children, and a host of cherished grandchildren. In her eyes, her family was her most prized possession. Mary Ferguson Murphy had the rare talent of never meeting a stranger, and walking in her calling, she displayed genuine love to each and every person that crossed her path. Our greatest moments with Mary, will be all of the cherished times and moments that she made us laugh. Mary Ferguson Murphy possessed an embracing, kind, and loving soul; for which, she will always be missed.
A Time To Die:
On March 18, 2020, Mary Ferguson Murphy made her grand departure only after fully affecting those around her. From our hearts to yours, you will greatly be missed by your siblings, your lovely husband, your wonderful children, and your precious grandchildren. In these last moments, Mary Ferguson Murphy we want you to know that through a lifetime of loving deeds, you will forever be missed. Today and tomorrow, our whole life through, we will always love and cherish you. So Mary Ferguson Murphy, we encourage you to go on ahead and spread your wings. In case we forgot to tell you in life, we want you to know that you did a job well done Mary. Job well done!
A Time To Mourn:
She leaves to cherish her memory a loving and devoted husband (Lorenzo Murphy), whom she met in her teen years and married July 12, 1969. Mary and Lorenzo were happily married for 50 years until Minister Mary Ferguson Murphy made her final transition with the Lord. In this union, Mary and Lorenzo Murphy were blessed with five lovely daughters; Carolyn L. Murphy (deceased), Beverly Michelle Murphy, La’keisha Danielle Murphy; Kaneisha Brown (Demorris), and Kaleisha Jackson; and five sons; Lorenzo Murphy Jr. (Joyce), Timothy Murphy (Janna), Aquivious Carroll; La’Derrick Murphy, and Todaro Murphy (deceased). Mary was the proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren all of whom loved their “Minister Murphy” very dearly.
In addition, “Minister Mary Ferguson Murphy” leaves behind four beautiful sisters; Diane F. Whigham (Wayne) of Attapulgus, Ga., Betty Ann McCray(Harold), Gloria Smith (DeWayne) both of Attapulgus, Ga., and Carrie Causey of Silver Springs, Md.; two loving brothers Frank Ferguson (Carene) of Tallahassee, Fl. and Willie Roy Ferguson (Mary) of Washington, D.C., and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and several other godchildren whom will miss both her charismatic smile and loving heart.
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