Jim Fergason was born on Dec. 21, 1956 to James and Delores Fergason. He was the eldest of three, raised in a Christian home, along with two younger sisters, Melinda Brunton and mary Kay Fortenberry. Jim’s family left Michigan at age 5 and lived in Washington for a short time and then moved to Mesa, Ariz. Jim often recounted numerous stories of growing up with two younger sisters whom he loved and did his share of teasing with them.
Jim graduated from Mesa high School and was excited that his band appeared in the movie, “The Trial of Billy Jack.” A close-up of him playing the tuba was in the movie. Years later, he was ecstatic when he found the movie and was able to show his family.
Jim went to college at Ozark Bible College in Joplin, Mo. He received his bachelor of theology and met his wife, Cheryl, and they were married in May, 1978. Jim’s two favorite hobbies were taking pictures and gardening. He enjoyed taking pictures of nature, particularly flowers, and his family.
Jim settled in Globe, Ariz. and ministered to two local congregations. All his jobs were there to support the ministry. He started the “Help Line,” one of his favorite ministries, where anyone in the community could call in and ask for assistance for any reason. Jim also started Koininia Cleaning, which helped those people having trouble gaining employment to be able to support themselves. Jim’s heart and passion was always for God and telling others of His Love.
Memorial Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at River of Life Church in Central Heights, Ariz.
Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.
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