Carlene Ellen Burton
Carlene Ellen Burton (Fewell, Harvey) Ferguson entered the world on a cold winter day December 16, 1942, at her great-grandma Susie’s home in Appleton City, Mo. She was welcomed by her parents Troy David and Adell (Cooper) Burton, big brother Robert and a large extended family. She passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.
The second of seven children, Carlene was a quiet child and spent a lot of time with her parents. In fact, she was a Mama’s and Daddy’s girl. She enjoyed a small town, carefree childhood.
Carlene attended Dunbar Elementary School, the one-room “colored school” in town until 8th grade when segregation ended. Then she was integrated into the city’s schools, became the only black in her class and graduated in 1960. This experience created a desire to know how it felt to be in the “majority” so a year later she was off to Jefferson City to attend college at Lincoln University. She graduated in 1966 with a B.S degree in Business Education.
After moving around for a few years, Colorado Springs, Parsons, KS, Minneapolis, and Palmdale, CA, she finally settled in Springfield, MO where she raised her two children.
As a child Carlene attended Graves Chapel Methodist Church. She had fond memories of her aunt Jane teaching Sunday School and taking her and others to the LTL club at a church in Butler, MO to learn about Jesus.
She was baptized by Rev. Rufus Walker in the mid – 80’s at Washington Avenue Baptist Church where she was a member until 2014. She then united with New Hope International Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Lamarr P. Jamerson, Sr.
On May 2001, she was married to Timothy M. Ferguson. Together they were very active in their home church and the Southwest Baptist District. In 2007, they were selected as event planners for the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri by President Rev. Dr. Jimmy L. Brown.
They were also active in the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri and traveled to several national and regional meetings. They also attended numerous gospel concerts and became promoters of Kansas City’s Sensational Wonders Gospel Group.
She was active in the Ladies Civic League, Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri staff, AKA Sorority, New Hope International Ministries, NAACP and the Springfield Reunion Club.
Carlene is survived by her husband, Timothy Moses Ferguson of Springfield, Missouri: father, Troy David Burton of Butler, Missouri: one daughter, Leslie Chapman and husband Keith Chapman of Hopewell Virginia: one son, Richard Ferris of Lee’s Summit, Missouri: two brothers, Robert Lee Burton and wife Carole Jean Burton of Clinton, Missouri: Anthony “Tony” Burton of Butler, Missouri: four sisters, Antoinette and husband Stephen Young of Springfield, Missouri: Beverly Parrish of Butler, Missouri: Jackie Burton of Butler, Missouri: Sherri and husband Glenn Adams of Springfield, Missouri: two granddaughters, Danielle Harvey and Dominique Harvey: grandson, DeShayne Chapman: and three great-grandchildren, Amari, Jayden, and Margo.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Adell Cooper Burton.
Carlene’s last and final wish is that everyone will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This wish is especially for all of her family members.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 in Turning Point Church, 1722 North National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65804, under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri, PO Box 440155, St. Louis, MO 63114. www.mbsc.org