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Funeral Services for the late Eleazar Ferguson, 68, of Jackson Street, Nassau Village and formerly of Forest, Exuma who died at his residence on May 23rd, 2011, will be held on Saturday 4th June, 2011 1 a.m. at Foresight Baptist Church, Nassau Village. Officiating will be Rev. Charles Culmer, Assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel.
He is survived by three daughters: Shanthia Dorsett, Tancia and Demara Ferguson. One son -in -law: Christopher Dorsett; adopted daughter, Kerryann Kayode of Toronto Canada; Three grandchildren: Justin and Donte' Johnson, Christopher Jacob Dorsett; Five brothers: Charles, Clyde, Danny, Carlton & Jeptha Ferguson; Seven sisters: Leona Bodie, Patsy Johnson, Valerie & Bethsheba Ferguson, Irma Ferguson (of Mount Thompson, Exuma), Rose & Demris Ferguson. Sisters in Law: Irma (Moss Town, Exuma) Tency, Patricia and Lorranne Ferguson. Brothers -in -Law: Arthur Bodie & Jay Johnson; Aunts: Rowena Rolle, Helen & Merlene Ferguson. Uncles: Wesley & Perry Ferguson and Nigel Rolle; Godchild: Ezra Bodie. Nieces and Nephews: Ivan, Greg and Franklyn Ferguson, Marvin, Franklyn, Baldwin, Brian & Renaldo Clarke, Bianca Moxey, Deathera Clarke and Brenell Higgs. Arnold, Deon, Cedric & Mosine Ferguson, Mosetta Dorsett, Jason, Jasper & James Johnson, Jamie Rhem (Atlanta, Georgia) & Pamela Mackey. Sherinette Norville-Smith, Gregory, Mildred, Lloyd & Celena Bodie, Mathared Forbes & Malinda Rolle, Gaynell Taylor, Kendrick, Keno & Kendra Ferguson; Paula & Prenell Ferguson, Christine Beneby, Eslyn Smith, Lovenia Ferguson & Bradley Clarke. Clive, Leaenza & David Ferguson; Other Relatives and Special Friends: Ernest Clarke, Clarence and the entire Ambrister family, Ethalee Ferguson and family, Nathan & Nigel and the entire Rolle family, Joe Ferguson, Errol Ferguson, Inspector Sidney Rolle, Rev'd Phillip Ferguson & the entire Ferguson family, Rev'd C.W. Saunders, Rev'd Cedric Smith, Rev'd C.B. Moss, the Palestine Baptist Church family, Foresight Baptist Church, Ken Rolle, Brian Smith, Mr. Maycock and friends of Montague, as well as the entire Forest, Exuma family.
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Firstly, it is appropriate to congratulate Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, who earlier this month was hired to serve as assistant coach of male and female sprinters at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
This is yet another chapter in the glorious career of the most decorated athlete in the history of sports in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The 37-year-old is one of the best female sprinters in world track history, and she has indicated that the competitive phase of her career is not quite over.
So yes, she will compete again. Although at a conflicting time for her, given the responsibilities at Southern Miss, hopefully the 2014 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships will be graced by Ferguson-McKenzie's presence in Bahamian competitive attire.
Whatever the case however, Debbie, thanks! You're on the final leg of one of the great competitive runs of all-time.
What has made Ferguson-McKenzie so very special is her humble character, despite being an ultra elite performer of long-standing. Unlike others of her competitive ilk, Ferguson-McKenzie never felt the world began and stopped with her.
She has always been approachable and possesses incredible goodwill. One of my special memories that clearly demonstrated the quality of the lady was of an evening in Athens, Greece. We were there for the 2004 Olympics. I had just returned from a full day at the stadium and was getting a bite to eat in the cafeteria at the Olympic Village.
Ferguson-McKenzie had just completed her meal, and we spoke briefly in greeting as she headed back to The Bahamas' quarters. About five minutes later, she came running back to inform of a telephone call that came in for me. That was so gracious of her.
How often would a prime time athlete be that kind and helpful?
Such is the character of Ferguson-McKenzie. We are so very fortunate in this country of ours, that fate allowed her to pass this way. As a result, she brought, glory, honor and immense pride to fellow Bahamians.
Ferguson captured an individual gold medal at every regional and international level, with the exception of the Olympic Games, her best effort being the 2004 bronze medal in the 200 meters. She is a former world champion over the half lap. In the sprint relays, she has won gold and silver Olympic medals plus gold and bronze at the world championships. The aforementioned are but highlights of a career in which she has won 50 medals for her country, 27 of them as a senior athlete.
Debbie, thanks very much!
Best wishes as you begin a new journey, at Southern Miss, and hopefully a blazing end to a magnificent career is around the corner.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, a nation is indebted to you.
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FUNERALl SERVICES for the late Benjamin Joseph Ferguson of Tropical Gardens/Golden Gates #1 and formerly of Brown, Crooked Island will be held on Saturday at New Bethany Baptist Church, Key West Street at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Victor Cooper Jr., J.P. assisted by other ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum.
Mr. Ferguson was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 55 years Mrs. Merletha Eliza Ferguson and his eldest son Godfrey B. Ferguson and daughter Sharon Joy Ferguson.
Indelible memories are left on the hearts of his children: Winston and Chief Petty Officer Lloyd Nelson Ferguson, Joan Clarke, Yvonne Cooper, Beverly Ferguson and Rose Morrison; 4 sisters: Vera Ferguson, Irene Ferguson, Estella Cox and Florence Lewis; 1 Brother: Laban Ferguson; 1 Son-in-law: Oswald Morrison; 2 Daughters-in-law: Althea and Janet Ferguson; 1 Brother-in-law: Nehemiah Moss of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; 3 sisters-in-law: Naomi Munnings, Elizabeth Adderley, Beulah McPhee, Tristina Ferguson, Edna Ferguson, and Barbara Moss; 15 Grand-children: Raquel Kellman, Jerrett, Shakera and Ryan Clarke, Ashley (Red) Williams, Sasha Ferguson, Cherita Cooper, Jasmin, Jade, and Emerald Ferguson, Rashad Ferguson, Adam Miller, Chad Woodside, Tyler and Tarah-Rose Morrison; 6 Great-Grandchildren: Kevin Kellman, Jahvaughn Clarke, Devonte and Darren Clarke, Alia Pitt, and Sapphire Clarke; A host of other relatives and friends including: Reverend Franklyn and Sister Katie Clarke, Reverend Wendell Lewis, Minister Marion Sturrup, Lorraine Moss, Sharon Farringtion, New Bethany Baptist Church Family, The Men Fellowship, The Usher Board, Brother Major, Brother Jones, Elder Kendal Darling, Deacon Cornelius Cooper, Victor Cooper Sr. Dr. John Lunn & his staff, The staff of Oncology Princess Margaret Hospital, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Knowles, Mr. & Mrs. Fulton Bain, Mr. Hershel Collie, Reverend Randolph Beneby, Mrs. Heastie, Nathalie Bruno, Mr. Willie Dawkins, Mr. Altman Bonimy, Sisal Road, Golden Gates Family, Ms. Diggis and Ms Johnson & Royal Eagle Lodge #1 and a host of other relatives and friends.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Evergreen Mortuary, Mackey Street South on Thursday from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; on Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for Martin Rollington Ferguson, age 79 of Golden Gates #1 who died on February 12th 2012 will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Five Porches of Deliverance Centre, Market Street & Poincianna Avenue. Officiating will be Chief Apostle J. Rodney Roberts, assisted by Pastor Clifton Bullard. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, J. F. K. Drive.
He is survived by his wife: Roxanna Ferguson; Children: Alfred and Joy Ferguson, Oliver and Larrie Ferguson, Jennifer and Lloyd Sands, Dornell and Philmore Arnett and Christine and Anthony Turnquest of Fort Lauderdale Fla., Ricardo and Cora Ferguson, Warren Ferguson, Fredericka and Christopher Smith of Abaco; Deaconess Bernadette Rolle and Minister Shelton Rolle of South Andros and Sonia and Trevor Adderley; One sister: Naomi Cooper; Two Step Sisters: Joycetina and Ethlyn Duncombe; Three sisters-in-law: Eloise Roberts, Pearline Bullard and Monica Gomez.; Two brothers-in-law: Joel Roberts, Sr., and William Bullard J.P., Twenty-one grandchildren: Alfremel, Cherrish, Oliver and Chaves Ferguson, Ralandra, Eltoneo and Seville Sands and Anthony Turnquest Jr., Darcel, Rashad, Ciara, Ricardo Jr., and Delrico, Turkessa, Lauren and Warren Ferguson, Shaniqua Rolle, Krystenique and Christopher Smith Jr., and Joshua and Ruth Adderley; Five great-grandchildren: Gary and Garanique Adderley, Elijah and Eden Moss and Shazara Ferguson; Numerous Nieces: Clarabelle, Peggy, Shaniqua, Dorothy Bradwell of Augusta GA, Jackie Williams of Pompano Beach Fla., Naomi Parker of Gaithersburg, MD, Florence, Monica, Agnes, Oriental, Syble-Ann and Vienna Ferguson, Stanford, Fredericka, Candace, Sharlene, Sharon, Vernell, Tequesta, Tamika Coleman and Tonya Strachan of the United States, Elvia, Julia, Beryl, Dr. Miranda Smith, Dena and Lena Whylly, Olga McDonald and Janice Brown of Tampa Florida, Stephanie, Alva, Caroline, Judith, Edna, Janet, Sheila, Yvette, Gidget and Monique; Numerous Nephews: Joseph Ferguson Jr., of Fort Lauderdale, Sean, Stanford, Huewitt, Rapheal, Kent, Mario, Jeffery and Seton. Other relatives and friends including: Thelma Demeritte, Edna Perry, Nellie Brennen, Beryl Williams, Sheryl wood, Sharon Haylock, Carl, Michael, Audley and Hugh Brennen, Bishop Nelson Ferguson and Ivan Ferguson and other off springs of the Late Bethel and Cooley Ferguson and their families, Bishop Hosea Cox and Family Arlington Farquharson and family, Johnley and Reginald Ferguson and family, Carlton Hanna, Iris Tynes, Bishop Jimmie Staten, of Fort Lauderdale Fla., Stephanie Rose, The Family of the late Ellamae Hanna, Sonia Taylor, Mable Cox and family, Apostle J. Rodney Roberts and The Church Families of Five Porches of Deliverance Centre and Circle of Deliverance Association, The Mount Calvary Baptist Church Family Fort Lauderdale Fla. The Andros Avenue, Pear Dale, St. Vincent Road and Lobster Avenue families, The Staff of The Neonatal Units, Male Medical Ward II and the Dialysis Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital, The Staff of Bahama Paed., 'OLA' Enterprise, The families of the Late Rufus Hanna and John Gibson and all the Descendants of Snug Corner Acklins and their families and many more friends and relatives throughout the length and breath of the Bahamas. Please forgive our human frailty if we failed to mention your name.
Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary, Rosetta Street, Palmdale from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and at the Church from 10 a.m. on Sunday until service time.
Back in New Providence for a few days after a promising run at the BTC Open National Championships in Freeport, Grand Bahama over the weekend, Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson is gradually unwinding and spending some much needed time with her family.
Don't be misled though... she is definitely focused and ready for the stretch run. Last year, she looked good early in the season, running a lifetime best 11.07 seconds in her first race of the season. Ferguson had arrived and was eagerly anticipating a coming out party at the London Olympics. However, shortly afterwards, Ferguson suffered a sore right hamstring and was never the same for the rest of the season...
Funeral Service for Ruth Mae Ferguson, 69 of Malcolm Road West, Golden Gates I, formerly of Masons Bay, Acklins, will be held on Saturday May 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., at Victory Baptist Church, Golf Course Boulevard, Sea Breeze. Officiating will be Pastor Ivan Carey, assisted by Deacon Chuck Smith. Interment will follow in Woodland Gardens, Soldier Road
Precious Memories Shared By: Two daughters: Anne and Gretchen Ferguson; One Son: Mark Ferguson; Four Grand Sons: Rashad and Kyle Dean, Kevin Sylvain and Mark Ferguson, Jr.; One Grand Daughter: Kaia Gomez; Two Brothers: Hensel and Fritz Ferguson; One Nephew: Ansel Ferguson; One Grand Niece: Ansellia Ferguson; One Aunt: Viola Collie; One Aunt-in-law: Syl ...
Eleazar Ferguson, 68 of Jackson Street, Nassau Village and formerly of Forest, Exuma died at his residence.
He is survived by his: daughters: Shanthia Dorsett, Tancia and Demara Ferguson; adopted daughter: Kerryann Kayode of Toronto, Canada; sisters: Leona Bodie, Patsy Johnson, Valerie and Betsheba Ferguson, Irma Ferguson of Mount Thompson, Exuma; brothers: Charles, Clyde, Danny, Carlton and Jeptha Ferguson; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
LONDON, England - Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson advanced to the semi-finals of the women's 100 meters (m) yesterday with a time of 11.35 seconds, while Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was faster with a time of 11.32 seconds but failed to move on.
That's just the way it goes sometimes as the latter found herself in a faster opening round heat and couldn't maintain pace with the leaders. Only the top three runners from the first round, and the next three fastest times, moved on to the semi-finals; and Ferguson finished third with her clocking of 11.35, while Ferguson-McKenzie ended up fifth.
With that fifth place finish by Ferguson-McKenzie in her heat at the 30th Olympic Games, one of the most
impressive streaks in world athletics came to an abrupt end.
Ferguson-McKenzie had never failed to get out of the first round in her individual events in the previous four Olympics, and was the only athlete, male or female, to have ever made the final of both the 100m and 200m at three straight Olympics.
Unfortunately, it won't happen for a fourth straight Olympics in London. Ferguson-McKenzie, who is still recuperating from a bone bruise in her right ankle, said she is thankful and will now look forward to the 200m and the relay.
"As a competitor you always envision yourself on the podium, not just to make the final. Unfortunately that didn't happen this year," said the veteran sprinter in an interview.
"It was a fast heat, but not being able to train the way I wanted to because of the injury might have hampered me a bit. Being able to run 11.32 is a blessing though. I was in a boot, and now I ran an 11.32, so that in itself was a miracle for me. I never really thought about the injury - I just wanted to compete and do well and I'm thankful."
As for Ferguson, she's coming off an injury herself. Both sprinters sat out the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials in New Providence in June because of nagging injuries - Ferguson-McKenzie with the bone bruise in her right ankle, and Ferguson with a sore right hamstring.
"Coming back from that hamstring injury, I was a bit nervous because this was the first time for me testing it out since May, but I'm happy with the time and I'm happy that I went out there and executed my race," said Ferguson.
"I didn't feel any pain and any tightness, so things could just get better from here."
Ferguson had the world champion in her heat in the person of American Carmelita Jeter but she said she wasn't discouraged at all. With her 10.64 lifetime best, Jeter is the second fastest woman ever over that distance, behind the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.
"She's unbelievable, but I wasn't worried. I got her in the first round at World Champs last year, so it wasn't anything new to me," said Ferguson.
"I just wanted to go out there and execute my race. It was good having her in the race, but I wasn't worried."
Jeter easily won that heat in 10.83 seconds and was the top qualifier for the semi-finals. Olga Bludova, from Kazakhstan, finished second in that heat in 11.31 seconds, and Ferguson rounded out the top three.
Jamaican Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce won the heat with Ferguson-McKenzie in 11 seconds flat. Semoy Hackett, from Trinidad and Tobago, was second in that heat in a personal best time of 11.04 seconds, and Olesya Povh, from the Ukraine, finished third in that heat in 11.18 seconds. Guzel Khubbieva, from Uzbekistan, was fourth in that heat in 11.22 seconds, and Ferguson-McKenzie finished fifth.
"Well, I definitely wasn't as aggressive as I would have liked," said Ferguson-McKenzie.
"I think if I had a better first 40 meters it would have worked out better for me, but it took me a while to get tall and to get going, and you can't do that in the 100 meters."
The top six qualifiers for the semi-finals all dipped below 11 seconds. Ferguson had the slowest qualifying time, and will run in the same semi-final heat as Fraser-Pryce, the bronze medalist from last year's World Championships Kelly-Ann Baptiste, from Trinidad and Tobago, and former three-time World Champion over 200m, American Allyson Felix. They will run in the second of three semi-finals. Ferguson will run out of lane two, and only the top two and the next two fastest times advance to the final.
At her inaugural Olympics in Beijing, China, four years ago, Ferguson advanced to the second round of the 200m, but failed to make the semi-finals. This is the first time that she has made the semi-finals of an individual event at the Olympic Games.
At 35, some may feel that Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie may be old in track years, but she showed no signs of age as she sprinted across the finish line to win the 100-meter (m) dash and beat out her much younger competition at the recently held Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA)/BTC Jr. and Sr. National Track and Field Championships, which was held at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.
Ferguson-McKenzie won the race in a time of 11.34 seconds, ahead of Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson (11.38), Nivea Smith (11.56) and Courtney Patterson of the U.S. Virgin Islands (11.90). Also in that race were Timicka Clarke (11.96) and Carlene Johnson (12.74), a line-up of top quality 100m runners. Yet, Ferguson-McKenzie proved that experience out-weighed youth.
"I must give those girls credit because they are great competitors," said Ferguson-McKenzie after the race. "They have the ability to take it to the next level, but I told them not today."
Ferguson-McKenzie, one of the orignal 'Golden Girls', has been competing on the international circuit for a long time and although it has become a struggle to keep ahead of the younger, up-and-coming generation of runners, she continues to make The Bahamas proud with her performances abroad. Ferguson-McKenzie said that she felt the need to come home for the BTC Track Nationals and compete, because she not only wanted to give the home crowd the opportunity to see her compete at home, but she also wanted to encourage the younger Bahamian female runners to keep at it and not give up.
"I want to encourage them to keep pushing and to keep competing because they are the future of track and field in this country," she said. "I have about one more year in this sport and then that will be it for me, but they are the future and they have great potential and I want to encourage them to enhance that potential, because they are the ones who will be representing this country in the future."
Just before she ran the 100m race, Ferguson-McKenzie said that the other competitors wanted to know why she had a certain look on her face, which they thought was a mean look. "I told them because they weren't playing anymore, and they were coming after me," she said. "I had to put my game face on, because I know those girls are fast and they want to beat me. I understand that and I encourage that."
When she was a junior runner, Ferguson-McKenzie set a new Junior National Record in the 100m, with a time of 11.19 back in 1995, and that record still stands today.
Ferguson-McKenzie also competed in the Open Women's 200m race this past weekend, where, again, her experienced, combined with her speed secured her a gold medal. She won the race in a time of 23.09 seconds ahead of Nivea Smith (23.13), CARIFTA Austin Sealey Award winner Anthonique Strachan (23.58) and Cotrell Martin (25.11). Ferguson-McKenzie also holds the National Record for this race, a time of 22.19 seconds set back in 1999.
"The girls are coming and they are right there, but not yet," said Ferguson-McKenzie after winning the 200m. "I wanted to come out here and prove that I still have what it takes to run the 200 and still win it."
Ferguson-McKenzie said she felt the nationals was a test run for her as she heads into Europe to compete there this week.
"It feels good to come back home and compete in front of the home crowd, because the Bahamian people have always supported me," she said. "The fans here in Grand Bahama are great. They let you know how they feel and they don't hesitate to cheer you on. The track here is very fast and it's good to see a facility like this here in Grand Bahama. I think it will go a long way in helping to produce some outstanding runners from Grand Bahama in the future."
Despite the economic state of the island of Grand Bahama, Freeport Oil Company Limited once again sponsored this year's FOCOL Jr. Tennis Tournament, at the Lucayan Bath and Racquet Club, this past weekend. Though somewhat smaller than previous years, Tournament Director Godfrey 'Gully' Bowe has deemed this tournament a success. Junior players from Grand Bahama and New Providence were involved in some very competitive matches as they competed for boys and girls singles and doubles titles. As a Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) sanctioned event, juniors were given the opportunity to gain points toward their national ranking.
Under perfect weather conditions boys and girls 10s-and-under played for the first time in this tournament, using the low compression ball in a round-robin format. In the boys division, number one ranked Kofi Bowe, from Freeport, defeated number three Jacobi Bain, from Nassau, in the final in straight sets, 4-2 and 5-3. In the girls 10s, Donesha Gibson, from Freeport, defeated D'Andrea Dawkins, from Nassau, in the finals, 4-2 and 4-2. Surprisingly, this year's boys 12s was contested by two eight-year-olds. Number three ranked Kofi Bowe defeated unranked Jacobi Bain in a close match, 6-3, 4-6 and 11-9.
In the girls and boys 14s, number one ranked Iesha Shepherd, from Nassau, defeated number three ranked Shaytonya Missick, 6-1 and 6-0, and Justyn Thompson, from Freeport, defeated Harold Pierre Jr., also from Freeport, 6-0 and 6-0. In the girls 16s, number three ranked Gabriella Bowe, from Freeport, defeated Iesha Shepherd, 6-2 and 6-1, and number six ranked Philip Major Jr., from Nassau, defeated number three ranked Treajh Ferguson, from Nassau, 6-2 and 6-2. Philip Major Jr. and Treajh Ferguson met again in the boys 18s with Major defeating Ferguson again, this time, 6-2 and 4-1 (retired).
The doubles action was an example of tennis at it best. In the boys 14s, the team of Denali Nottage, seven, and Kofi Bowe, eight, defeated Tony Cooper Jr., 14, and Harold Pierre Jr., 12, 8-5. In the boys 18s final Philip Major Jr. and Treajh Ferguson defeated Justyn Thompson and Julio Valdez, 8-1.
Grand Bahama Tennis Association (GBTA) President Charmaine Wallace expressed her sincere gratitude to the tournament's sponsor, Freeport Oil Company Limited, and the players who participated in the event. She stated that events such as these help to keep the youth of The Bahamas focused, disciplined and motivated.
FOCOL TENNIS Tournament ResultsGirls 10s
Donesha Gibson defeated D'Andrea Dawkins, 4-2 and 4-2.
Kofi Bowe defeated Jacobi Bain, 4-2 and 5-3.
Kofi Bowe defeated Jacobi Bain, 6-3, 4-6 and 11-9.
Iesha Shepherd defeated Shay'Tonya Missick, 6-1 and 6-0.
Gabriella Bowe defeated Iesha Shepherd, 6-2 and 6-1.
Phillip Major defeated Treajh Ferguson, 6-2 and 6-1.
Philip Major defeated Treajh Ferguson, 6-1 and 4-1 (retired).
Boys 14s Doubles
Denali Nottage and Kofi Bowe defeated Tony Cooper Jr. and Harold Pierre Jr., 8-5.
Boys 18s Doubles
Philip Major and Treajh Ferguson defeated Justin Thompson and Julio Valdez, 8-1.