LEBANON -- Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Ferrell, 92, of Lebanon.
Born March 20, 1918, in Smith County, he died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at the University Medical Center.
He attended schools in Trousdale and Smith Counties, graduating from Gordonsville High School in 1936.
A member of First Baptist Church, Lebanon, Mr. Ferrell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having enlisting in 1939 and serving during World War II in the South Pacific on the most decorated ship in the Navy, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise.
During his eight years of service, he earned the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal and 10 battle stars.
After his Navy service he returned to Wilson County and became a livestock farmer.
Later, he worked at TRW for 22 years in addition to farming.
He was proud of his Southern heritage and membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), having Confederate ancestors on both sides of his family.
He had a lifelong passion for reading and was especially well versed in U.S. History.
Visitation after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ligon & Bobo.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Nathan Hale, Rev. W. L. Baker and Chaplain Martin Frost of the General Robert Hatton Camp, SCV.
Private interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife Margaret Johnson Ferrell, whom he married in Long Beach CA in 1943; children James K. (Cheryl) Ferrell of Wheaton IL, and Miriam K. (Roger Faculak) Ferrell of Cave Creek AZ; grandchildren Kimberly S. Ferrell of Milwaukee WI, and Jonathan W. Ferrell of Wheaton IL; sister Ruby Ferrell Law of Crossville; and nieces and nephews Joanne Nixon, Crossville; Nancy (Glenn) Anderson, Mt. Juliet; Bob Nixon, Huntsville AL; and John (Marti) Nixon, Murfreesboro.
He is preceded in death by parents John King Ferrell Sr. and Cleo Dillard Ferrell, infant son John, sisters Lila Ferrell Nixon and Johnnie Ferrell Bellar and a nephew Dr. Frank Bellar.
Pallbearers: Bob Nixon, Glen Anderson, Jim Petty, John Nixon, Thomas Nixon, Alex Nixon, Rick Bellar, Jim Bellar, Ray Byrd, Tony Dematteo and Jim Vantrease.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the local SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans, Gen. Robert Hatton Camp 723, P.O. Box 782, Lebanon 37088) or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, Lebanon.