Bobbie Jean Linkous Ferguson, 81, gifted artist who inspired others

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Bobbie Jean Linkous Ferguson
Bobbie Jean Linkous Ferguson

Bobbie Jean Linkous Ferguson, 81, peacefully passed into eternal life on Saturday, May 14, 2016. She was a beautiful and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister and friend with a warm smile and a kind and generous heart.

Bobbie was a gifted artist and an inspiration to all who knew her. She was born in Clintwood in 1935 to John E. ‘Blue’ and Maxie Linkous.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John E. Linkous, Jr.; and her former husband, Charlie D. Ferguson.

Bobbie Jean, as she was known in her early years, moved to Pulaski and graduated from Madison College before settling in Lynchburg to raise her family. Later in life, Nanny moved to Williamsburg to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Charlie D. Ferguson, Jr., Lisa Garner (Kevin) and Julie Russell (Stephen); brothers, Tom Linkous (Rhea) and Freddie Linkous (Leta); sister-in-law, Shirley Linkou; cousins, Judy Davenport and Mary Ferguson; as well as many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. Nanny was a treasured grandmother to Carolyn Harris (Tim), Charlie D. Ferguson III (Wendy), Robin Wallace (Andrew), Jeff Martin (Stephanie), Kris Martin (Erin) and Patrick Russell. The youngest loves of her life were her great-grandchildren, Lilia Grace, Charlie IV, Sydney, Ian, Savannah, Scarlett, Riley and Kole.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, followed by visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. with the family.

For those who wish to make donations, we request they be made in Bobbie’s honor to the Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188, who compassionately assisted during her last days; or to the Homebound Delivery Service of the Williamsburg Regional Library, 7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA 2388, who provided her with endless books-on-tape that she so enjoyed.

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