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Obituary for Gary Ray Ferrell

DURHAM: Mr. Gary Ray Ferrell, 70, of Durham, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017. He was a native of Durham and lived in Durham most of his life. He was born to the late John and Peggy Ferrell.

Mr. Ferrell was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1965-1967. He served in Hawaii where his service included top secret military clearance. He attended Southern and Jordan High schools, Croft Business School, and N.C. State. He was a past member and 1st Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 416 at Lowes Grove and a present member of the American Legion Post 186 in Little River, SC. Mr. Ferrell worked at Liggett Myers, NCHS, and EPA as a computer systems analysis. He also was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He most recently volunteered and worked at Duke Gift Shops where he was affectionately known as “Mr. Gary” to much of the Duke staff. He was an avid Duke Blue Devils fan. He could often be found at his beach home in Little River, SC or on a nearby golf course.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Pickard Ferrell; daughter, Kimberly L. Stafford and husband, Stephen of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Hailey E. Stafford, William H. Stafford, Mathew R. Stafford; sister-in-law, Debra Ferrell of North Wilksboro, NC; step-daughter, Tina Dente Wehner and husband, Jon; and grandchildren, Rachel, Jana, Josh. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ferrell is predeceased by brother, John B. Ferrell; and first wife, Donna Sue Raspberry Ferrell.

A private graveside service will be held. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11th at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Betty Berghaus officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd; or The Durham Nativity School, PO Box 3537, Durham, NC 27701.


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Memorial Service

Saturday

11

Mar

2:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

3639 Old Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707

Visitation Following Service

Saturday

11

Mar

2:45 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

3639 Old Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707


Memorial Contribution

Westminster Presbyterian Church

3639 Old Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707

The Durham Nativity School

PO Box 3537
Durham, NC 27701
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