Dorsie Mae Smith Ferguson Wilson
Dorsie Mae Smith Ferguson Wilson, 96 of Gause, Teas passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in Hearne, Texas.
Visitation was held from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017 at Glenn Mack Funeral Home in Hearne, Texas.
A Celebration of Life honoring Dorsie Wilson was held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Stephen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Gause, Texas.
The Rev. Linda Wallace was the presiding Pastor and Eulogist.
Interment held at Gause Peaceful Rest Cemetery, Gause, Texas.
Mrs. Dorsie M. Smith Ferguson Wilson, the eldest of six children was born in Lexington, Texas on December 30, 1920 to the late Professor Doyle Shelton Smith, Sr. and Mrs. Luella Mitchell Smith. In 1931 her family moved to Gause, Texas. She helped her father raise her siblings upon the early death of her mother in 1934. After completing her elementary and junior high work in Gause, she graduated from the Calvert Colored High School, Calvert, Texas. She married Ferris Ferguson, and to this union four children were born, Frank Edward, who preceded her in death, Ferias, Delores and LaVerne.
In July of 1949, her husband dies, leaving her with three children. I spite of being a widow with three children to support, she decided to further her education by attending Paul Quinn College, in Waco, Texas where she fulfilled requirements for gradation to qualify her as a certified nurse. She interned and later worked at Providence Hospital in Waco, Texas. She returned to Gause and later married Ernest Wilson in 1958 who died in 1965. Twice widowed, Dorsie maintained and demonstrated strong faith courage, dignity and determination and place much emphasis on educating her children. Dorsie often characterized the achievements of her offspring as one of her most rewarding accomplishments.
Dorsie joined Stephen Chapel AME Church at a very early age, where she actively served in the areas of: Sunday School Superintendent for 50 years, YPD Director, secretary of the Trustee Board, Stewardess, church secretary until 1992 (almost 40 years), secretary of the Joint Missionary Society, and was president of the Missionary Society.
From 1966 to 1984 she was employed by the Gause Independent School District as a nurse for the Head Start Program and physical education instructor. In 1972, after becoming certified as kindergarten teacher, she was employed to fill the position, which she held until retirement in 1984.
She spent many hours in community service. She served as secretary of the Gause Improvement Program (GIP) and Gause Peaceful Rest Cemetery Association and was a 4-H leader. She held membership in the Retired teachers Association, Gause Volunteer Fire Department, Gause Achievers Club (serving as secretary) and the Milam County Extension and Homemakers, Milam County Teachers Association and the AARP. She received many awards for her services and achievements.
Dorsie Wilson leaves to cherish her memories, three children, Ferias Ferguson, Sr. (Nobie), Delores Fisher (Johnny) and Laverne Ferguson Ratcliff; two siblings, Mary Alma Gray and John V. Smith (Elaine); four grandchildren, Gayle Ferguson, Derrick Fergusons, Ratessalyn Ferguson and Ferias Ferguson, Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Garlen Smith, Garrett Smith, and Rylan Jones; nieces, Alvie Joyce (Leon) Hammond, Verdie Sadberry, Gwendolyn (Reginald) Holloway, Marilyn Griggs, Michelle (Keith) Sylvain, Earnestine Smith, Cherlyn Peppercorn, Paula Smith, Monica Smith; nephews, William Doyle (Agnes) Gray, Danny Petty, Bishop John M. (Phyllis) Smith, James M. Smith and Thomas M. Smith and many other relatives and friends.
Arrangements and care entrusted to Glenn Mack Funeral Home.