Robert Ignatius “Bunky” Ferguson, 85, of Hollywood, MD passed away on January 25, 2019 in Lexington Park, MD, following a lengthy illness. He was born on March 28, 1933 in Hollywood, MD to the late Myrtle Madeline and Robert Ditman Ferguson. He is survived by his son Robert Ignatius Tippett (Marlene), granddaughter April Marie Roberts and great grandson Sterling Dean Roberts. As well as his sister Clara Rosetta Joy and Catherine Elizabeth Suite, 23 nieces and nephews, several great and great great nieces and nephews. Bunky was predeceased by his brother James F. Ferguson, Sr. and sister Agnes Maria Higgs. Bunky faced many challenges throughout his lifetime. He was born in the year St. Mary’s County, MD suffered one of the most devastating hurricanes in its history. He was an avid gardener, he loved his watermelons and tomatoes. Bunky was an accomplished small engine repairman. It was said “There wasn’t a weed trimmer or lawn mower he couldn’t fix”.
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Bunky used to boast about only burning hickory in his wood stove. However, hickory is a hardwood that burns so hot that old timers used to say ‘it would burn the insides out of a cast iron woodstove over time. We learned this lesson the hard way when he was lying in bed one winter night, his stove glowing red, when a fleck of hot iron burst from the stove and landed on the floor. He went out and bought a new wood stove the next day. He was a caretaker at the Briscoe-Thompson Farm in Hollywood, MD for many years.
When former St. Mary’s County, MD commissioner Rodney Thompson began an auction business, Bunky was the late auctioneer’s right hand man, assisting him throughout that venture. One was rarely far from the other.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:00 Am with Father Raymond Schmidt of St. John’s Catholic Church in Hollywood, MD presiding. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be Troy Ferguson, Jerry Higgs, Eddie Joy, Larry Joy, Charles Martin and Chris Orwig. Honorary Pallbearers Joseph Norris, and Thomas Joy.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 79 Hollywood, MD 20636.