Steven Ray Ferguson

steven ferguson

December 15, 1954 ~ March 23, 2021

Born in: Haywood Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Steven Ray Ferguson, 66, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at his home.

A native of Haywood Co., Steven was a son of the late Jack Ray and Reva Worley Ferguson. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Reva Anne Ferguson; son, Steven Vella Ferguson; and his brother, Robin Jack Ferguson.

As a young man, Steven was a member of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America. He later attended North Carolina State University, and retired as a Deputy with the Buncombe Co. Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Ferguson attended Hominy Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Reba Bailey Ferguson; son, Russell Ferguson (Yvonne); children, Sabrina Gaddy (Mike) and Matthew Glovier (Jessica); mother, Carolyn Hall Ferguson; sisters, Renea Turner and Jonel Kinser; and grandchildren, Haley and Kaden Ferguson and Chloe and Cayson Lytle.

The funeral service for Steven will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Hominy Baptist Church. The Revs. Dr. Joe Yelton and Mike Scroggs will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. His family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church on Saturday. For those who wish to pay their respects prior to the service, Mr. Ferguson will lie in repose from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. Masks and social distancing are required at the church and at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Black Mountain Children’s Home, 80 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711, or to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, 6800 Wheeler Canyon Rd., Santa Paula, CA 93060.


For those who wish to pay their respects: March 26, 2021 10:00 am - July 18, 2024 5:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


For those who wish to pay their respects: March 27, 2021 9:00 am - July 18, 2024 11:00 am

Hominy Baptist Church
135 Candler School Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Service: March 27, 2021 11:00 am

Hominy Baptist Church
135 Candler School Road
Candler, NC 28715


Burial: March 27, 2021 12:00 pm

Hominy Baptist Church Cemetery



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  1. Reba and family, we are sorry for your loss and pray that the memories you have of Steven will help you in the coming difficult days and that they will bring a smile and comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sending a warm hug and love Cherrie Clement Gamble, Valine Eldridge and family, Faye and Arnold Clement and Keith Clement

  2. I don’t know the family except for Sabrina. I met her in our coloring hobby and she has become one of my best friends. I am sincerely sorry for your loss and my prayers will be with your family. God Bless from Tennessee

  3. Steve, I will miss you my friend. You were always such a delight to be around and never hesitated to help anyone if they needed it. Working with you was so much fun and you could always be relied on to provide some comedy to help the days in the jail go by a little faster. Thank you for being my friend and supporting me when I needed it. I’ll never forget when I saw you, Jack Seavers, and Mike Holt come down the line at Ronnie’s funeral. That really meant allot to me. May God keep you safe until we meet up there. Love you my friend.

  4. I worked with Steve at the Detention Facility. He was a good friend and he will be missed.
    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you comfort and peace in the coming days and weeks.

  5. One by one ‘The Squad’ is being relieved of duty and called home. Those days of working in booking and holding (we called it the drunk tank) will never be forgotten and neither will you my friend.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends .Steve was a good man and help anyone he could .God bless the family and give them the strength they need .

  7. Uncle Steve you always answered no matter the question and if I ever needed you, you where there. I can’t remember when I needed someone and you weren’t there. I’ll miss you more than you’ll ever know and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for you and your Mopar.

  8. Fine man to have worked with.
    RIP sir. Fly High..Prayers for the family and many brothers and sisters in the brotherhood.

  9. I knew Steve at the Sheriff’s office and also the rescue squad and always enjoyed working with him. He was a good man to have around when things weren’t going well! Prayers for his family and many friends!

  10. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Steve. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and peace during the time. I am Reba’s first cousin. God bless you all. Dianne Meeker Thomas and Louise Meeker.

  11. We are very sorry to hear about Reba’s Husband Steve. Our deepest sympathy. Love and prayers to you and
    all the family. God bless you, Louise Meeker, and Ruby Rash, and Colleen Meeker-Ruff

  12. Louise and I are very sorry to hear of Steve’s Passing. I met Steve when we moved to Asheville in 1978 and became a member of the Rescue Squad. Steve and I also worked together at the Sheriff’s Office. He has been a good friend for many years. I always referred to him as the “gentle giant”. Steve we hope you rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

  13. To the Ferguson Family

    I had the pleasure of working with Steven for many years at the Sheriff’s Office. Even though we had started around the same time, he always watched over me like a little brother. He always made sure that the individuals I was bringing for a stay understood not to mess with me. I will always remember Steven for being one of the best law enforcement officers to ever put on an uniform. RIP my brother. Thanks for all the great memories.

  14. We loved Steve!! What a dear, dear friend of our family. My 3 daughters and their father, Joe Kane made it to the lovely service. Unfortunately I could not make it as I live in another state and we had very bad weather and I had guests already staying with me. I really wanted to be there. Steve was such a big part of our family and I have wonderful memories that go back over 35 years.
    I’m so sorry for his family’s loss. Absolutely heartbreaking.

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