Hometown Heroes: William Ferguson

By Joan Frances –

There is an old saying that states, “Those who tell great stories rule the world.” Heartfelt stories can move a person to tears of joy. Our Hometown Hero is an exceptional storyteller. His words motivate people to be followers and to experience the generosity of life so they can tell others. William Ferguson has a gift with the ability to draw people into his world of kindness and hope.

In 1992, Ferguson moved to Fort Bend County with his high school sweetheart and wife Dedra. He became a police officer with the City of Stafford for nearly 15 years, and he is now a non-paid Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy. He began a home service company, which gave him time to focus on assistance to the community. Since 2001, Ferguson has been an active member and strong servant to his church, First Colony Church of Christ, and his community through the Sole Loved shoe charity where he serves as a board member. “I began working with Sole Loved because of their dedicated service mission. They provide shoes to the under privileged. They are amazing.”

Ferguson’s community service is continuous, and he is currently in the process of forming a non-profit called Willie’s Heroes. They work to supply the homeless and the victims of natural disasters with the necessities to get through rough times. “I love providing kindness and hope. When I see a need, we deliver both supplies and labor. We don’t delay. The special stories are endless, and that is what fuels my soul to never stop.” Ferguson spends time collecting and delivering supplies to the homeless and storm victims. “During my frequent deliveries to storm damaged areas in Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska and even Central Texas, I found one common principal – hope. I tell everyone that Texas cares. Recently, we collected, sorted and delivered 4,000 coats to the homeless in Baltimore, Maryland. When asked why we would deliver coats to Baltimore, I said, ‘My faith in Christ calls me to go and serve, so I go and serve. At the end of our lives, let’s not look back and wish we would have helped, let’s help now while we live.’”

William Ferguson in North Carolina.

Ferguson’s commitment to his fellow man never ends. He shares his incredible stories on social media, recalling, “While serving the homeless, we unintentionally filmed a man who had been homeless for two years from his family in Alabama. His grandmother somehow saw my video and reached out to me that she saw her grandson on the video and wanted to come and get him from Texas. She prayed for him to come home before she dies. We found him, and sure enough, his family came and took him home.

“Back in September, a gentleman in North Carolina quietly watched us uncover his neighbor’s house and yard from Hurricane Florence. When I approached him and asked him if we could help him, he said, ‘Why?’ I told him, ‘That is what we do.’ After working on his house and yard for a few hours, he came out and saw what we had accomplished, and he wept. He told us that he needed our help but did not know how to ask, and then we found him. Back in October, when Hurricane Michael destroyed Mexico Beach, Florida, an 83-year-old man sat on a five-gallon bucket telling me the story of losing everything, and when he asked, ‘Son, I lost everything, and I don’t need a thing, but do you have anything other than water?’ We later sat together, drinking cold Cherry Cokes and talking about life.’”

Thank you William Ferguson for your extraordinary stories of faith, love and kindness. You are a gift to your fellow man.

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