Daniel DeSmet Ferguson
4/24/1962 - 5/21/2020


Daniel DeSmet Ferguson, 58, of Greenville died May 21, 2020 after a valiant fight with cancer. 

Daniel was born April 24, 1962 in Dallas to John C. and Carol Ferguson.  Daniel moved with his family to Greenville in 1965 and attended Greenville schools.  He was a member of the Greenville High School Class of 1981.  He also was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Daniel attended East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University - Commerce) and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.

While in high school, Daniel began working for the Herald Banner as a paper carrier.  He held this position for over 30 years, amassing a total of three routes, and by 2016 was the only paper carrier still walking his route.  Daniel took great pride in knowing all his customers and providing front porch paper delivery service to them.  He also worked for many years as a volunteer at the Walworth Harrison Public Library. 

He was a member of St. William the Confessor Catholic Church in Greenville and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council           7438.  Daniel worked many events for the Knights of Columbus with his father, and enjoyed helping out at the hall, especially for the yearly Oktoberfest fundraiser.

He was an avid reader, especially on the topic of World War II.  He was a geography buff and amateur meteorologist.  Daniel enjoyed watching sports on television, especially the annual Indianapolis 500.  Despite the many poor showings in recent seasons, he never lost faith that his Dallas Cowboys would someday return to the Superbowl.

He loved animals and was a devoted caretaker for all his pets, most recently Sadie the dog and Rita the cat.

Daniel was preceded in death by his father, John C. Ferguson, and eldest brother Patrick Ferguson.  He is survived by his mother, Carol Ferguson, and sister Katherine Ferguson both of Greenville; brother Kevin Ferguson of Garland; brother Brian Ferguson of Chicago, Ill; sister-in-law Madge Ferguson of Blairsville, Ga; and nephew Max Sussman of Cotapaxi, Co.

Daniel will be remembered for his cheerful outlook, his gentle sense of humor and bad puns, his love of history, and his dedication to his family.  Not once during his three-year battle with cancer was he ever heard to complain or worry about himself but was always more concerned with looking out for his mother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. William the Confessor Catholic Church under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with burial at Memoryland Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus Scholarship fund, P.O. Box 9198, Greenville, Texas 75404.

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