E. Dale Ferrell

E. Dale Ferrell

DANVILLE — The Rev. Dr. E. Dale Ferrell, 89, entered into the presence of his Lord and savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2018) at 3:30 a.m. at home.

He was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Hoopeston, the son of Elmer Burton and Versia Catherine Kester Ferrell, who preceded him in death. A brother, Howard, and four sisters, Ana Mary Glover, Margaret Ziebart, Margery Hinkle and Shirley Pence, also preceded him in death. He was married to Inez E. Bloyd on Dec. 18, 1949, in Hoopeston, who preceded him in death May 7, 1995.

Surviving are his wife, Claudia Pritikin Ferrell, whom he married Aug. 8, 1998. Also surviving are one sister, Donna (John) Holt of Sacramento, Calif.; two daughters, Starr (Randy) Brown of Alameda, Calif., and Cynthia (Bob) Smith of Leland, N.C.; two sons, Mark Ferrell of Kansas City, Mo., and John (Margaret) Ferrell of Spokane, Wash.; and a stepdaughter, Suzanne Pritikin (Julius) Ross of Chicago. Also surviving are two stepgrandchildren, Jonathan (Samantha) Smith and Kristina (Edwin) Alvarez; three granddaughters, Elisabeth (Sean) O’Toole, Emily (Kyle) Neumeier and Sarah (Erik) Geitner; two stepgrandchildren, Jasper Ross and Samantha Ross; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Neumeier and Everett Neumeierl; and five stepgreat-grandchildren, Eric, Benjamin and Izaac Alvarez and Alexis and Madyson Babb.

Dr. Ferrell attended schools in Hoopeston and graduated John Greer High School. He earned a doctor of ministry, master of counseling, bachelor of science in secondary education and an associate of arts. Dr. Ferrell was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an honorary education society, and Phi Rho Pi, a national honorary forensic society.

He was a language arts teacher at Danville High School and an instructor of composition at Danville Area Community College.

Following his retirement from teaching, Dr. Ferrell renewed God’s call to the Christian ministry and was ordained Nov. 9, 1999. He was licensed to preach as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church and served as pastor of Batestown/Union Corner United Methodist churches. He also served as pastor of Muncie Baptist Church, and he was interim pastor at Sidell Baptist Church and Tuscola Baptist Church. Dr. Ferrell preached at Cayuga Presbyterian Church for several months before he became ill. He was a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church, but he often attended First Presbyterian Church with his wife, Claudia.

A celebration of Dr. Ferrell’s life will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Franklin St., Danville, with service to follow at the church at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ann Schwartz officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests donations to “Friends of Carle Hospice,” Carle Home Health, Champaign, IL 61822. Messages and memories may be left on our website at papefuneral.com or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page.