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W.C. Ferrell Sr.

W.C. Ferrell Sr., 90, of Greenville passed away early Thursday morning in Greenville.

Proceeded in death by parents W. W. Ferrell and Alsie Ferrell, 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Survived by wife Margaret A. Ferrell, daughter Frela A. Ferrell & son W. C. Ferrell Jr. & daughter-in-law Lisa Ferrell. Grandchildren: Caitlin Ferrell, Forrest Ferrell, W.C. Ferrell III & wife Graciela Ferrell, and Aaron Ferrell. Great grandchildren: Cayden and Easton Carlton Ferrell. Siblings: Florence Martin and Robert J. Ferrell.

W.C. was born July 13, 1929 in DeWitt, VA. and graduated from McKenney, VA in 1947. After his Father’s death in September 1947, he farmed until 1951, the year his younger brother finished high school. He joined the Air Force in September 1951, basic training at Sampson AFB, N.Y., technical school at E.T. State Teachers College, Commerce, TX., three years in France, three months at Sampson AFB, Reno, NV. and was Honorably Discharged September 1955.

He attended E.T. State University receiving a B.S. Degree in 1958, M.A. Degree from SMU in 1962, and an Ed.D. Degree from Nova University in 1975. He worked as a teacher in Dallas ISD from 1958-1966. From 1966-1989 he was a principal in the Dallas ISD, after which he retired and continued part-time work with the District.

The Rosemont Primary Library was named in his honor. He was a member of the Dallas Athletic Club and worked out, regularly, into his mid-80’s. W.C. had traveled to all of the U.S. states and overseas. His passions were reading and learning after giving up a fairly-good golf habit years ago.

He and his wife were members of the Foundation Circle at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. in Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Chapel.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at 10:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

Freeman/Ferrell Scholarship-Texas A&M-Commerce Foundation
P.O. Box 3425
Commerce, TX 75429


Saturday, September 14, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Jones-Walker & Son Chapel
1209 Live Oak
Commerce, Texas 75428

Memorial Service

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jones-Walker & Son Chapel
1209 Live Oak
Commerce, Texas 75428

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Dr. Ferrell was my principal at Rosemont Elementary from when I was in the 1st through 6th grade back in the 70's and early 80's. We never lost contact, although it had been a couple of years since we spoke. He was a great man and his career and kindness touched my life.

Delilah Ray Sep 12 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Frela, So sorry to hear about your dad. Hope that you are doing fine, you're in my thoughts, Will you, Mrs. Ferrell and W.C. remember that there are no words to take away the sadness when you lose someone you love. Thinking of you

Lori Jenkins Thompson Sep 11 2019 12:00 AM

We are very sorry to hear of W.C.'s passing. He was truly a great man. Our deepest sympathies. Will Harrison, Paige Harrison (son of Billy Harrison of McKenney)

Will Harrison Sep 7 2019 12:00 AM