7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Lt. Eric W. Ferguson

Born Into Time: June 02, 1985
Born Into Eternity: March 30, 2017

Eric Wesley Ferguson was born in Chicago, IL on June 2, 1985 to Fay Holmes Ferguson and Ernest Ferguson. Eric made his heavenly transition in Yokosuka, Japan on March 30, 2017 at the age of 31.

He attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for elementary and junior high school where he served as the head representative of the Black Students’ Association whose goal was to raise scholarship money. 

Eric transferred to Francis W. Parker for High School, graduating in June 2003. He was one of ten students chosen to represent the school at the National Association of Independent Schools’ Conference on Race and Gender and at the University of Illinois Early Outreach Program for minority students. He helped tutor lower and middle school students in reading and writing, something that he found to be deeply fulfilling.

As a child, Eric developed a love of airplanes and experienced the thrill of a lifetime while attending summer camp at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. At the age of 17, he flew his first solo flight and was hooked forever. 

Eric attended Embry Riddle at age 18. While there, he was named to the Dean’s List, was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Sophomore/Junior Advisory Board and the Sport Compact Import Racing Car Club. He also attended Embry Riddle’s Study Abroad Program in Paris, France. Eric graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science and received his private pilot’s license.

After Embry Riddle, Eric attended Gulf Stream Training Academy where his dream of flying came true. As a pilot for Continental Connection, Eric flew throughout Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba. After 9/11 Eric realized he wanted to serve our country and was soon accepted into Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island. The Navy’s OCS prepared Eric to be physically tough, mentally strong and always part of a team. He LOVED the military. His naval career took him from San Diego to Japan, rising through the ranks, from Ensign to Lieutenant. 

An only child, he will be missed by his mother and father, Fay Holmes Ferguson and Ernie Ferguson of Chicago, IL; his loving and devoted Grandmother Betty Ferguson; his Aunts Gerri Virgil, Gale Holmes Norman, Marsha Evans Holmes and Great Aunt Ethel M. Smalls; cousins Rachel Hannah McCoy, Elizabeth Littlejohn (Andre), Kathleen Holmes, John Holmes (Valerie), Howie Norman (Blair), Marguerita, Gloria and Gabe Lance; his Uncle Bobby Ferguson; and his dear fiancée Annalyn (Rheanne) Matsushita.

He was truly a special son, loving friend, talented human being and gift to us all. We are so grateful and blessed for the time spent with him.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Eric’s honor to Allies of Innocence, a tax deductible 501(c) 3 initiative created by his mother, Fay Ferguson and championed by Eric. Allies of Innocence provides free grief and trauma counseling to survivors of gun violence in Chicago, IL.

Public Viewing:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
3:00PM - 8:00PM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S. Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
Apostolic Church of God
6320 S. Dorchester
Chicago, IL 60637


Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211 (TBA)
Arlington, VA 22211


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#5 Beau Bostwick 2017-04-27 07:09
I served with your son in Japan on DEFENDER and CHIEF. He was one I also called a friend. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to your family.
#4 Christian Rossi 2017-04-25 23:39
I have so many great memories with you in college and can't believe that you're gone so soon. We lost touch after college, but I will always remember the times working on our cars, cruising around and sometimes just hanging out at our places. You were always there with a big smile and laugh. You'll always be remembered!
#3 Larry McDonald 2017-04-20 13:00
The Brothers of Phi Delta Theta, Embry-riddle, are truly sorry for your loss. He will always be remembered by the Chapter, and the Brothers who knew Eric. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
#2 Faye Tippy 2017-04-18 09:43
So sorry I cannot be with you during this time. My heart goes out to you.
#1 Mark Smith 2017-04-17 19:27
Dear Ernie & Fay,
I am absolutely heartbroken by the news of Eric's passing. Losing a son is, unfortunately, a pain that I know first-hand. I will constantly keep you in my prayers. I know that the Lord will see you through even this.


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