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Rex Collins Ferguson, Sr.

Rex Ferguson Fixed brightRex Collins Ferguson, Sr., age 83, of Garland, Texas passed away on September 6, 2020 in the early morning hours due to heart complications. He was born in Crockett, Texas on September 17, 1936 to parents, Reed W. Ferguson and Lilla Mildred Johnson Ferguson. As a small boy growing up on a ranch near Madisonville, he and his three brothers, Reed Jr, David and Dan, spent much of their time hunting and fishing. When he was less than 13 years, his weekly allowance was $.50 cents and he would run into town, no shoes, to see a move, get some popcorn and buy a box of .22 caliber bullets. In fact, Rex Jr. still has that rifle today. Rex attended Crockett High School and started on Varsity football as a freshmen. Back then the center called all the plays based on the defense and he was the only center who could remember the plays also his size and temperament made him a good center and middle linebacker where he also called the formations for defense. He played his freshmen year in college at Allen Military Academy before transferring to Sam Houston State prior to enlisting in Army. Rex served in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea during the conflict. He survived a typhoon on their way to Korea along with 4000 troops in a troop carrier. While in Korea, he was a sharpshooter and marksman achieving the rank of Sergeant 1st Class and led a Radio Operations unit in the mountains of Korea. After being honorably discharged in 1959, Rex moved to Dallas and joined Texas Instruments in Richardson, Texas as a line operations manager. This is where he met his wife, Gloria Carter, who worked with him there in a different department. He wanted to take her to Crockett for Christmas as soon as they started dating and they fell deeply in love. In 1963, Rex married Gloria Carter from Plano, Texas at the First Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas. Over the next 39 years, Rex with the loving support of his wife, climbed the corporate ladder. Rex became a very successful leader and he and Gloria impacted thousands of lives around the world throughout his career and his dedication to take care of his workers. From Dallas, Texas, he took his family in 1971 to Taipei, Taiwan as a startup and expansion of T.I. Bipolar and Linear IC operations. From there, he went on to run Southeast Asia operations to include 3 years in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 5 years in Singapore and another 4 years in Baguio, Philippines as the President and Managing Director T.I. Philippines. While there, Rex and Gloria survived a volcano and an earthquake where they lost many friends in the Philippines. He retired at the age of 62 as a Vice President.

Rex was the rock of the family that kept everyone on target. He worked hard and played hard. He loved playing golf, fishing, hunting and entertaining close family and friends. Rex raised two sons, Rex Jr. and Danny that were his hunting and fishing buddies from the days they could walk.

Rex is survived by his wife, Gloria; his sons, Rex Jr and Danny; brother, David, and his grandchildren, Jason, Sara, Luke, Jake, Taylor and Chase; great-grandchildren, Sloane, Margot, Hayes, George; nieces and nephews, Marla, Steven, Garett, Kristen and Jennie. He was preceded in death by mother, Mildred Ferguson aka Little Mama; father, Reed W. Ferguson, Sr.; older brother, Reed W. Ferguson, Jr.; youngest brother, Dan W. Ferguson.

Family and friends around the world mourn the loss of a great man today, but his memories and achievements will live on forever.

A private service was held Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in the Evergreen Memorial Park, Crockett, TX.

Online condolences may be made at www.callawayallee.com

CALLAWAY-ALLEE FUNERAL HOME

11 Comments
  1. What a beautifully written tribute to a fine man. I’ll always remember the Ferguson boys and their parents fondly from my days growing up in Crockett.

  2. I was close to Rex and Gloria in my younger days when I dated Dan. They treated me like family and spent much time and the big Ferguson house on Tenth. I was saddened to learned of Rex’s death. Please accept my condolences.
    Sara

  3. So sorry for your loss of the great man.
    Will keep your family in my prayers.

  4. Rex was a great friend since we were young boys ! He was a lovable man as were his brothers and parents ! Seemed like he was always in a good mood and fun to be with ! Crockett was quiet in those days and not much for a boy to do but Hunt. Fish, and anything else he could find to do. No one lived at the country club Lake in those days so Rex’s dad had a small camper he parked out there for a week at a time, take Rex, David, and I and bring us supplies. WE would catch enough fish for several families to have a fish fry ! Fun days ! The Ferguson family was exceptional in every way ! Then one day Rex found Gloria and it was as if she was supposed to be one of them from the beginning. He married her and The rest is history ! I will always look at Rex as a brother ! God Bless !

  5. My deepest condolence to the family of Rex and especially to Gloria. Rex was the plant manager in TI Malaysia and the bunch of us young engineers had always looked to him not just as the boss but a fatherly figure with Gloria as the loving mother. Many of our careers in TI Malaysia and beyond, was inspired by Rex. Rest in peace, Rex.
    ML

  6. Dear Gloria,
    Our deepest Sympathy & condolences to you & your family with the passing of your beloved Rex.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this difficult time of your grief.

    Take care & blessings
    C. H. Yap & Winnie

  7. Gloria,
    Gayle and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Rex. Although we did not spend much time with Rex, the golf at Crown Colony was always enjoyable. May God bless you and family.

  8. I reported to Rex when he was the site manager for Texas Instruments in Abilene. He was one of the best bosses I had at TI…..a real gentleman and a true leader.

  9. To Rex’s family –
    I was saddened to learn of Rex’s passing. As admin to Tony Adams I got to know Rex at the different Assembly/Test Council meetings and after retirement would see him at the golf tournaments. Please know. you are all in my prayers.

  10. Gloria. So sad to hear about Rex’s passing. We enjoyed you both when we all lived in Crockett. We pray you are well and know you were special to so many of us. Hugs. Margot and Don

  11. Ms Gloria and Rex Jr, I am so sorry for your loss. Rex was a great man and friend even to us little people, lol…Miss yall and prayers are for yall. Brian

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