In Loving Memory of Father Mike
Reverend Michael "Mike" Blackburn Ferguson, Captain USN ~ Retired (April 8, 1939 – June 12, 2016)
We at Holy Apostles were greatly honored when Father Mike and his beloved wife Carolyn chose to join in our congregation as Co-Pastor in April 2009. We can be sure that he expected a much more relaxing experience than what he received, but he never made any of us feel that he was sorry that he came. He did a fantastic job supporting us through all the changes we had to make due to the requirements that came down from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Father Mike was alway a gentleman and diplomat in his negotiations, making sure to look out for his Congregation.
Father Mike spent his final day doing the things that he loved. He met with his Cursillo group for breakfast Saturday morning and went home with a smile on his face to plan his Homily for Sunday. He sent a note to Carolyn about dinner and went to relax and pray at his favorite place, the Beach at Dam Neck. He spent a glorious time watching the waves on a perfect afternoon before reaching out and taking the hand of our Lord. We all miss Father Mike, but we are grateful for all he shared with us. God Bless you Father Mike, fair winds and following seas.
Memories of Father Mike
Reverend Michael B. "Mike" Ferguson, 77, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2016. He was the son of the late Harold and Vivienne Ferguson.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn; his children and their families: Michael and Monica Ferguson; Leslie and Kathy Ferguson; Lanai Ferguson and Aaron Bea; 3 grandchildren, Evan Ferguson, Emily Ferguson, and Ethan Ferguson; countless cousins and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Frederick (Greg) Ferguson.
He retired as a Captain after 30-years Naval service as a Surface Warfare Officer. During his career he served onboard six ships commanding USS COOK (FF 1083). Ashore, he commanded Naval Station Pearl Harbor, served on major staffs, and completed three tours in the Pentagon. He served as a logistics specialist for the Navy during the latter stages of the war in Vietnam.
Following his retirement, he answered God's call, entered Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. He was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church on June 12, 1993 and a Priest on December 18, 1993. During his 17-year career he ministered with three congregations: St. Anne's Mililani, Hawaii; St. Anne's Appomattox, Virginia; and he was serving as the co-Pastor at the Church of the Holy Apostles Episcopal/Roman Catholic Church in Virginia Beach at the time of his death.
He was committed to empowering all people to become all they could be. He was especially devoted to the renewal movement in the Episcopal Church called Cursillo. He served as both lay and ordained leaders in Cursillo for more than 30 years in Hawaii and Virginia.
He devoted his life to singing and service. His passion in singing was found as a member of a number of Barbershop (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Inc.) Choruses and Quartets. While serving as a minister in rural Virginia, he felt called to assist with the local volunteer rescue squad, first as an ambulance driver then, after he turned 60, as an EMT (Basic) certified squad member. He continued to serve as a volunteer EMT until he turned 75. Throughout his life he helped countless others through the donation of blood and platelets; he had a standing platelet donation appointment until his death.
A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2016, at Galilee Episcopal Church, 3928 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451, the Rt. Rev. Holly Hollerith presiding. Inurnment with military honors will follow at a later date at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Appomattox, VA.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 415 Oakleigh Ave., Appomattox, VA 24522 (www.stannesappomattox.org); the Church of the Holy Apostles, 1593 Lynnhaven Pkwy., Virginia Beach, VA 23453 (www.holyapostlesvb.org); Cursillo in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, P.O. Box 11027, Norfolk, VA 23517 (www.cursillodiosova.org); or Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304 (www.vts.edu). Details can be found on the Hollomon-Brown website. Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.hollomon-brown.com.