At a very young age, his parents learned their son had been born deaf, so growing up he was taught how to read and speak sign langue.
As a young man, Len enjoyed putting together model cars and setting up and running his toy trains. He also loved to ride his three-wheel bike to Denny’s for coffee with his younger brother, Edwin, so they could flirt with the waitresses.
In the late 80’s he began to lose his sight and was unable enjoy those things anymore. He then went to the Helen Keller School for the blind in New York, where he learned to read braille, so he could better care for himself when he returned home.
After coming home, Len would go to his room and shut the door for long periods of time to sort through his large collection of knives and belt buckles to pick out the ones that would go with the outfit he was going to wear. Then, dressed up in his hat and cowboy boots, he would come out of his room smiling ear to ear and strut through the house showing off the knife and the belt buckle of day to his family.
After the passing of his mom in 2005, he was left in the care of his sisters: Kathy, Pat and Sandy. He stayed in the family home with Sandy, who took loving care of him until his passing.
He was proceeded in death by his mom, May Belle Ferguson Cole; his brother, Richard Lee Ferguson; his nephew, George Allen Bussey; and both his paternal and maternal grandparents.
He is survived by his father, Leonard Claude Ferguson Sr.; his sisters: Katherine and her husband, Auther Wright, Patricia Rupe and Sandra Barnhill; and his brother, Edwin Ferguson, and his wife, Jonice. All of Roswell. He also had many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
There will be a gathering of family and friends at the Fraternal order of Eagles, 3201 S. Sunset, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to celebrate his life.