Florence Cox McFerrin, 98, died peacefully Oct. 4, 2013, at Homewood Residence Center in Nashville, Tenn.
She was born Feb. 9, 1915, in Murfreesboro.
Mrs. McFerrin was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Sumner McFerrin III, her brother James Reed Cox and sister Carol Cox Brandon, and her parents Sam S. Cox and Ethel Reed Cox.
Mrs. McFerrin received her early education n the Murfreesboro School System. She graduated from Tennessee College of Women in Murfreesboro with her bachelor’s degree and later added a master’s degree and Ed.D from Vanderbilt-Peabody.
She began a long and distinguished teaching career that included teaching at McFadden, Crichlow and Mitchell-Neilson elementary schools, Murfreesboro Central High School and Middle Tennessee State University in the math department.
She was a devoted member of St. Mark’s Methodist Church since 1948 when she and her husband, along with several other families volunteered to move their membership from Murfreesboro First Methodist to help save a struggling church that was called College Place at that time.
College Place would have had to close its doors if these dedicated Christian families had not joined that congregation.
The name was changed in 1948 to St. Mark’s and today has 1750 members.
In 2002 Mrs. McFerrin completed a 358-page book of the history of St. Mark’s entitled "From Acorns to Oaks."
At St. Mark’s Mrs. McFerrin served in many capacities over the years, including chairwoman of the Administrative Board, the Finance Committee, the Choir, Choir director, and for more than 60 years teacher of the Minerva Harrell Sunday School Class.
She was an accomplished soprano soloist in the church choir for more than 50 years.
Mrs. McFerrin was active in various groups such as Daughers of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, the Craddock Club, The Woman’s Club, UMW, The Tennessee College Alumni Association and several Bridge Clubs.
She is survived by her three sons, Thomas Sumner McFerrin IV and his wife, Jane, Sam Cox McFerrin and his wife, Dianne, and James Reed McFerrin and friend Bobby Williams, grandchildren Robert Johnston McFerrin (Stephanie), Thomas Sumner McFerrin V, Julia Candler (Sean Jackson), Peggy Williams (Cory), Suan Hearne (Brad), Elizabeth Rogers (Will), and David Carlson, and seven great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Mrs. McFerrin was an amazing lady.
She was still playing tennis in her early 80s and could still beat her grandsons in Croquet at age 89. She stayed active and involved into her early 90s as she continued to sing in the choir and teach her Sunday School Class. She was a devoted Christian who loved her Lord and her family. She will be missed.
The family will receive friends Monday, Oct. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Methodist Church and the funeral will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Jim Clardy and Rev. Martha Touchton officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery with grandsons-in-law serving as active pallbearers.
Contributions may be made to the Minerva Harrell Scholarship Fund or the St. Mark’s Methodist Church, located 1267 N. Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro, Tenn., 37130.
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Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home
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Murfreesboro, Tenn. 37130