Linda Swain Ferguson

Profile Updated: October 12, 2017
Residing In: Fort Mill, SC USA
Children: 3 adult sons: Kyler (1970) who has 2 children (born 2000, 2002), Casey (1973 -still a bachelor), and More…Cameron (1978), who has twin girls (Jan, 2010). All live in Charlotte!
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After graduating from UNC, I taught for 5 years. During that time, I married Gerry Ferguson. I became a stay-at-home mom 2 years later, just before our first son turned one.

We were transferred many times: lived in Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa, Atlanta, and Lexington, NC, where we stayed till Gerry retired 17 years later as president/ceo of a corporation.

Our sons were always into athletics, which became a job I should've been paid for! I video'd every game they were ever in, I think, not to mention many practices. One of the boys, Kyler, was the kicker for Ap State; so we went to Boone to every home game, and to high school games every Friday night in Lexington. All of the guys started soccer when they were in kindergarten, baseball as early as 5, football in middle school and high school, and golf/tennis in high school. They all lettered and often were chosen as all-conference or all-county.

In Atlanta, the boys did print work (newspaper/magazine ads) and commercials, which was another non-paid full time job for me! They, however, banked enough money to apply toward their first cars later. It was fun, but none of them wanted to pursue that as a career in adulthood! All of them eventually graduated from college.

When Gerry and I separated in 2005 after 37 years of marriage, we each bought a house in Charlotte to be near our sons and, especially, the grandkids. We're still a very close family, even taking vacations together some years. The grands make everything so much fun! We couldn't possibly not get along well! We've been a family forever.

My interests over the years have been designing adaptive-clothing for the elderly, writing, art, volunteering, participating in follies and other benefits for charity (my kickline background came in good!), piano, and politics. In 2004, I was one of six delegates elected from district 12 to the Republican National Convention in NYC. What a great experience that was!

The most important event in my life began in Tampa when a good friend introduced me to something more profound than just going to church regularly, which we had always done as a family. This was a deeper, more spiritual walk with God. It was life changing! That was in 1977, and I have never looked back. I go to a non-denominational church, awesome in Tampa, Atlanta, and Winston-Salem, but a little harder to find in Charlotte! Next to impossible in Fort Mill, but after months of searching, I found the Forest Hill (pastor David Chadwick) had a satellite church here. I think they're up to 4 in total now.

Finally, how OLD AM I??? I had a knee replacement in 2009 and 2013 and, more recently, CATARACT SURGERY (omg!) with vision correction: woohoo! 20/20 again, no more contacts or readers! Seriously, only the elderly have those operations, right? Since I play bridge (passionate for duplicate and have on my bucket list getting my life master -IF I live that long!!!) with women and men in their 70's, 80's, and 90's (looking younger and younger every year!), I guess I definitely qualify as a senior citizen! Well, all I can say about that is it's been a great ride, so far!

I still have two sisters in Raleigh, Judy and Margaret, with whom I am in very close touch. My beloved brother Bill died in 1986 after 10 years of heart disease, including open heart surgery and a pace maker. He was only 49. I miss him very much.

In 2017, the value of my house in Charlotte (since 2005) skyrocketed. So I just HAD to sell it and try to find something about the same size in Fort Mill, SC, at a 55+ community. I was afraid I was going to outlive my annuity! I'm not used to being a South Carolinian. And I thought I'd NEVER get the zip - right: from 28277 to 29708. It's okay here, but not Charlotte. Just not NC! However, I'm only only 20 minutes south of my previous address!!

School Story:

I could never eat the cafeteria food at school. But I'd take my pbj every day and sit at a table of comedians: Vic Utter, Carol Cook, Rose Honeycutt, and I plus whoever else chose to join us had a ball every day at lunch. People would look at us when we were roaring with laughter. I know I could never have made it without that little group of friends.

Waaay beyond graduation, in fact, this year in Feb, 2017, two days before the movers were coming to pick up my stuff and put it in storage for a month, I was up in the attic for a last minute check. Just as I was approaching the steps to go back downstairs, the space I was walking on, mostly plywood, I did venture off to items that had no flooring nearby. No problem! I was walking across the floor joists like a Wallenda! But my new found talent was short lived: Suddenly I stepped on plain ol' sheetrock, and down I went! Faster than a speeding bullet to the garage floor 15+ feet below. I happened to bounce off a few wardrobe boxes, and then I was deflected to Casey (43, 6 feet) and knocked him and me down to the cement floor. All my sons were there that night trying to get the finishing touches on the packing done. I don't remember going down. I just remember stepping on that non-flooring and landing on the floor! One son was on the phone with 911 (and not using the manners he'd been brought up with) saying things like my wrong age, which I protested, and finally, "How about getting the freaking ambulance over here?", while Casey was holding my head off the floor (since I'd had 4 cervical discs operated on a year before). And Cameron was calling the realtor saying closing may not be in two days, after all [to which the sensitive Wilkinson "team 'Live, Life, whatever" - apparently a new concept in real estate: not just a realtor, but a TEAM of them!!!] replied, "They can SUE US IF WE'RE NOT THERE!!!"] I won't say how Cam responded! As it turned out, after having every possible scan, mri, blood test, x-ray done, there was nothing wrong with me! All my tests were NORMAL! The next day I did have a huge bruise on my upper left arm all the way around. I have no idea what caused that. But I do believe in miracles. Every person who dealt with me from the EMS attendants to the different physicians who examined me said that I should NOT have survived that fall. Bottom line: I'm blessed to be alive. I guess God has something for me to do before I go! So... how many people do you know who have fallen through the attic floor? Only Chevy Chase in 'Christmas Vacation' and one of my doctors, who said he got stuck halfway through! Everyone he and I tell just laugh. Hey! It isn't funny!!! But still, even doctors and nurses laugh when they hear my story. Sure woke ME up, I assure you! Stay off the floor joists. My sons won't even let me go up and take a peak of my attic in this house. I just don't understand that. lol

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Posted on: Apr 18, 2017 at 4:33 AM

Linda Swain Ferguson has left an In Memory comment for Douglas Holmes.
Apr 27, 2016 at 4:32 PM

I am so saddened to hear of Doug's death. His brother Stacy and my brother Bill were really good friends; so I knew Doug before he even entered Sherwood Bates when school started that year. Of course, I immediatlely claimed him as my boyfriend! We've stayed in touch via email since the 40th class reunion. He's gone through a lot, healthwise. At least now, he's no longer in any pain. I'll miss his clever writings. RIP, Doug

Apr 18, 2016 at 4:33 AM
Oct 14, 2015 at 12:38 PM

I THINK I stayed with you in your dorm room at ECU one weekend night, right? Thank you for that! I was dating a guy in school there, but not for very long. What a great career you had! Good to see your picture on the site. Happy Birthday. May you have many more!

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Posted on: Oct 02, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Tommie, Ann, and Bennett standing beside the Charles River in Boston. Ann is holding Brucie, and Bennett has Baxter. That sticker on my shirt says "I just drove a Duck Boat"!
Aug 18, 2015 at 9:48 PM

OMG! It's so good to see my best friend from the 6th grade, right after you'd moved to Raleigh from Richmond. I saw you just briefly at our 40th class reunion but didn't make it to the 50th.Did you? I, too, was a teacher, but not as long as you - only 5 years. Then I stayed at home w/ my 3 sons - till after they'd all graduated from college!!!!!!! Funny.
I did do a lot of volunteer work, tho, which was as time consuming as teaching - if you can fathom it. I can't believe you taught in CLT, where all my grands will go to school this fall. The twins are entering kindergarten; the older boy and girl will go to 8th and 10th grades, respectively.
Hope you're enjoying your retirement. I've been divorced now for 10 years, but we're very good friends and parents/grandparents. Children first! Always.
Linda

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Posted on: Aug 17, 2015 at 5:36 PM

Hi Bill,
You won't believe what happened the last time I heard from you! I went to have my hair colored ( yes, only my hair dresser knows for sure!) and took my iPad rather than read old magazines. I just typed and typed my response to you. After a good while, it was time for my hair to be rinsed, etc. So I told myself I'd finish your letter (epistle!) later. When WAS that? The next time I had a big enough block of time to continue it, lo and behold, both your email to me and my half-finished reply were GONE! I don't understand that. Apple products don't do that, right? I need the people who're going thru Hil's top secret (NOT! No way!) personal server to find these two works of ours. Do you know any way to find something that just evaporated? Also, do you happen to have, still, the email you sent me? The last one?

I'll wait to hear back from you. Meanwhile, I have to have spinal surg (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion) of 2-3 discs by Oct. Will wear a hard collar for a month, then a soft
one for another month. Ain't life grand?
Looking forward to hearing back from you.
Linda

Apr 18, 2015 at 4:34 AM
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Reflection in an antique mirror (love the 'filter'!)
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The Ferguson "princesses"(note crowns)2008, pre-twins: Top to bottom Whitney, Linda, Tasha, daughter Cori
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Cameron and Kyler
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Christmas 2009 - Tasha, Calvin with dad Kyler, Casey
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Cameron holding Camden, Whitney holding Coleman, Gerry, Linda. Twins' 1st b'day party, 1/2010