Robert Harris Ferrington
June 22, 1935 - January 23, 2018
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Temple Baptist Church
Ruston, LA 71270
318-255-3745 | Map
Friday 1/26, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Temple Baptist Church
Ruston, LA 71270
318-255-3745 | Map
Saturday 1/27, 10:00 am
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Saturday 1/27

Dr. Robert Harris Ferrington, 82, went to be with our Lord, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at his home in Ruston, LA. He was born to Sammy & Floriece Ferrington in Wisner, LA on June 22, 1935. Bob married his high school sweetheart, Dottie Louise Kirkland, on December 6, 1952. He earned the Bachelor of Music…

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Janet Jacobsen left a message on January 29, 2018:
I am a physical therapist at Fyzical and I had the privilege of working with Mr Ferrington a few times. We talked as we exercised having a great conversation about travel and other countries as well as music. Every time after that even though I was not his therapist, Mr Ferrington made certain to ask me how I was and ask about any recent trips I had taken. Mr Ferrington was that type of person you just love to sit down and visit with. My prayers for the family are for comfort and for many good, happy memories of this remarkable man.
Toni Norris Verbois left a message on January 28, 2018:
I have known Mrs. Ferrington since I was in grade school. I loved to sing, but had more enthusiasm than talent. Then she came along and began teaching us the fundamentals of good singing when I was in grade school and junior high, progressively teaching us more and more as we got older. She was laying the groundwork for Dr. Ferrington, who was simply Mr. Ferrington then. He was the choir teacher at North Caddo High School. I already knew how to read music, but he taught me so much more about reading music than I could have imagined existed. He took a bunch of small town high schoolers and taught every one of us to read music. We learned about clefs and time signatures, whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, key signatures, crescendo marks, etc., etc. And, we learned how to sight read music we had never seen before. We learned how to put all of this knowledge to use as he taught us how to make beautiful music. We learned to listen to one another and to blend - to sing as one voice. Our high school had a freshman choir, a large mixed chorus of the upper grades, and a concert choir - the Rebel Choir. There must have been a couple of hundred of us students who participated in the various choirs in a high school with an enrollment of about 500 perhaps, in grades 9-12. Not bad for rural Louisiana. He continued his excellence at Louisiana Tech, though he didn't have to teach anyone how to read music there - at least, I don't think he had to. He is the reason I attended Louisiana Tech. All that I know about singing, I learned from the Ferringtons. Sit up straight on the edge of your chair; hold your music up where you can watch the choir director; never take your eyes off of him during a song; make your sounds round and go straight to the vowel sound, only adding the consonants on the very end of the sound - no hissing "s's", thank you very much. I loved singing in his choirs, though he was a perfectionist and he could hear if one person was off. He would stop us and make a section sing separately if we weren't quite in sync. I can still see him with his finger laid across his mouth, sort of up under his nose, and that eyebrow lifted as he contemplated what to say. The eyebrow lift was not a good sign! Anyway, he worked us hard, but got excellent results, and people flocked to his choirs. If we had a high school choir reunion, I would drop everything to be there, if I were able. Mostly because I wanted to see the Ferringtons and sing with "Doc" again. We got to sing for him one last time today - many of us - as Jodie Williams, another NCHS alum, directed us in an a capella version of "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" at Dr. Ferrington's celebration of life service. The fact that a disparate group made up mostly of former students got together and practiced for about 20 minutes before the service then went out and sang the song a capella - and sounded pretty good for a bunch of old folks, if I do say so myself - is a tribute to Dr. Ferrington's teaching. That we could do that with so little practice and after years apart is truly a sign of what a wonderful teacher he was. People drove in from all over Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and who knows where else - I know Dan Baldwin drove in from Phoenix - just to be there for today for the Ferrington family, but especially for "Doc". Someday we will get to sing with him again in a Heavenly choir before the throne of God.
Olivia Livingston Thomas (NCHS) left a message on January 26, 2018:
I was so sorry to hear this sad news. He was a wonderful teacher and choir director. I know he is singing with the angels. My prayers are with the family.
Melinda Ross Baker left a message on January 26, 2018:
Dr. Ferrington made a lifelong impression. His teaching and ability to inspire excellence was amazing. I will always remember him and be thankful that he enhanced my love for beautiful music
Robert (Hoppie) Furr left a message on January 26, 2018:
So sorry to hear of Robert's death May God comfort the family as none can. He and Dottie were special to me. love you Robert Furr
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Patti Martin left a message on January 26, 2018:
So sorry for your loss, Miss Dottie. Dr. Bob was a great man of faith. My prayers are with you and your family.
Stacey Quarles left a message on January 26, 2018:
Mrs. Dottie, my wife and I are so sorry to hear about Bob passing. He has always been so nice to us. I am sure you and you family will miss him dearly. I also just want to let you know that I rent your house on Arcadia Drive. If I need to do anything different please contact me or have one of your children contact me at [email protected] or 318-265-8088. So sorry for your loss. God Bless
Dianne & Dennis Little left a message on January 25, 2018:
Dottie, Our prayers and thoughts remain with you and your family in these days and weeks ahead, realizing you have moments of great saddnes and times of celebrating Dr. Bob's home going. What blessings we had to serve with him and to know both of you as friends while he was Interim Minister of Music at First Baptist, West Monroe! Dr. Bob always showed such great kindness, and displayed a gentle spirit whether he was speaking with one person or an entire congregation. He leaves behind a beautiful legacy of great character and a life well lived for his dear family and closest of friends. We remain thankful that God ordained for our paths to cross for that brief time. For Dr. Bob now, I think of the choral anthem words: "We shall behold Him...face to face...in all of His Glory!" We love you, Dianne & Dennis
Ray Burnham left a message on January 25, 2018:
Dottie, we go back a very long way, all the way to NSU, or NSC, as it was then. All of us were married and the Farringtons and the Burnhams had kids. I used to tell Bobby that it was unfair to have children two at a time. We had some great days back then and I can only imagine what a great life you and he and your family have had. My wife Betty passed away just five months ago and so it is fresh on my mind what your kind of loss is. But I feel blessed every day for the life we had together for 62 years. You can be sure that God will comfort you and your many friends will be there also to help. I saw the obituary in the paper this morning and wanted to let you know that I will remember you and Bobby and our friendship.
Tony Moody left a message on January 25, 2018:
Ms Dottie and family, my heart aches, but rejoices at the same time. I remember as a snotty nosed Freshman at LA TECH in the Fall of 1983. I was assigned to Doc as workstudy. His wisdom and mentorship was amazing. I was in University Chorus, but I wanted to be in Concert Choir. Doc worked with and encouraged me. I auditioned and made it. I was so proud and happy to serve in Concert Choir till the Spring of 1987. Those were some of the most amazing and joyful times of my college life. Thank you Doc for your leadership and mentorship during those times.. while saddened, I know that Doc is directing and singing in that heavenly choir. Love you Ms Dottie. My prayers and love to you and your family during this time..
Patricia Stewart Younker (Vivian) left a message on January 25, 2018:
Mrs. Dottie & family. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I remember all the fun we had back in Vivian. Especially Mrs. Dottie playing the piano for hall singing on Friday. God Bless you.
Patricia Stewart Younker left a message on January 25, 2018:
Miss Dottie and family:. I remember all of you from years ago in Vivian. I am so sorry for your loss. Would love you see you all, especially Sherry & Terry. God bless.
Billy Rogers (Pete) left a message on January 25, 2018:
I am sorry to read of the passing of Dr. Farrington. The short time Mrs. Farrington spend at Gibsland High School changed many lives. So many remember the time she took the choir to Tech to work with Dr. Farrington. He was a great teacher and lived his calling. God be with you and your family Mrs. Farrington.
Stacey wood left a message on January 25, 2018:
Praying for you and your family during this time of sorrow
Stacey wood left a message on January 25, 2018:
Praying for you and your family during this time of sorrow!
Jerry Richardson left a message on January 25, 2018:
Dottie & family, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Ferrington's passing. The heavenly choir certainly got even better. I only took choir 2 years at NCHS (1 with rebel choir) but he was always someone who I admired greatly. I will not be able to attend the services but will be praying for you and rejoicing in knowing that we will all meet again.
Joyce Swillie Parkerson left a message on January 25, 2018:
Oh Dottie, how my heart aches to think we have no more Bobby with us. I often think of the great times we had at First Baptist Church, Wisner..... Please know my prayers are with you and all your family during this time of sadness!! Love you dearly!!!
Carolyn Watts-Haley left a message on January 25, 2018:
Gone but never forgotten.
Debby Tarver Burke left a message on January 25, 2018:
“Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am a life that was changed!”
Johnnie Upchurch Hale left a message on January 25, 2018:
So sorry to hear of mr. Berrington passing he was a wonderful choir director and a southern gentleman.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Norby Dooley left a message on January 25, 2018:
I am sad to hear of Dr. Ferrington's passing. I remember him from my days at Tech. Took a choral music class with him. Good man.
Kay Anthony Green left a message on January 25, 2018:
My prayers are with Miss Dottie and her wonderful family. Dottie, the beautiful lady behind the beautiful teacher. Our lives were forever changed by your Christian influence and love of music. Words are never enough. God bless you and keep you all.
Richard Arthur Pace left a message on January 24, 2018:
What a kind and gentle man after God's own heart. A mentor to so many. He absolutely changed my life for the better. His leadership and council always was from his heart and full of humor and wisdom from God. He love us unconditionally just like Jesus did. (As did Ms Dottie and his girls. I was blessed to have had the honor and privilege of calling him teacher as well as friend. My father Ronnie L Pace Sr loved Doc and Ms Dottie because of the mentoring, love and Grace he gave to "those Pace boys. Rest in peace Doc! It is such a comfort to know that I will see you again soon and that you are singing in that heavenly choir. (Probably, you are directing the warm up and scales in the same unique and fun way only He could do). Our thoughts and prayers now go to God and the Holy Spirit for comfort and peace to your family, friends, students, and colleagues. Father God, we praise and glorify your Son, Jesus for the life and inspiration of Doc Ferrington and we ask that you and the comforter you sent us. Grant them peace of mind, comfort and and joy in the midst of sorrow, in the name of Jesus. We thank you Lord for this kind and gentle man that influenced all whom he touched. Amen.
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