|Billy J. Ferguson|
Biography (short version):
The Clan Fergusson Society of North America came into existence at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 1972. The Society was founded for charitable purposes and to perpetuate the pride and spirit of the Fergus(s)on Scottish ancestors of its members. Sir Charles Ferguson in Scotland is the Honorary President of the Society. Billy Ferguson joined the Society in early 1974, and is it’s current and tenth President. After high school, Billy served in the United States Coast Guard from 1960 through 1964. He is a graduate of Mercer University and has done post-baccalaureate studies at several other colleges and universities. During his varied work career, he has been a professional flight instructor, a federal government employee, a computer programmer, and a public education teacher. He is very active in his community. He served for over twenty years as a volunteer search and rescue pilot with the Civil Air Patrol before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005. He is now very involved in his local pipe band, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Coast Guard Pipe Band. Billy is married to Cynthia Ferguson (formally Wendling). They make their home in North Georgia and they have two grown sons and five grandchildren.
|AGM; Glasgow, KY; May 31, 2014||USCG Pipe Band Performance;
Roswell, Georgia; May 22, 2014
|AGM Banquet; Grandfather Mountain; July 14, 2012
As Secretary with, then President, Rupert Furgerson (on the right)
Biography (long version):
Billy was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on January 12, 1942, to Thomas “T.J.” and Sara Ferguson. It was wartime and T.J. was in the Navy stationed at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. T.J. made a career out of the Navy and Billy moved with the family to various locations around the U.S. until T.J. retired from the Navy in 1957. At that time, a move was made to Cornelia, Georgia, where T.J. and Sara grew up in the 1920s and 1930s. Billy attended South Habersham High School until he moved to Florida in January, 1960 where he graduated from Hialeah High School in May of that year. Immediately after graduation, Billy enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard serving as a Radioman until honorably discharged on July 11, 1964. Billy then enrolled as a pre-med student at the University of Georgia where he remained until January, 1967. Billy next moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and went to work for Delta Airlines while in pursuit of a career in aviation. Flight training led to work as a flight instructor and then to a job with the Federal Aviation Administration. During this period, Billy attended night-school and graduated from Mercer University in 1977. Following another keen interest, Billy did post-baccalaureate studies in information technology at Georgia State University and thereafter obtained a job as a computer programmer for a major company in the Atlanta area. During the 1990s, feeling that he needed to make a greater contribution to society overall, Billy did further post-baccalaureate studies at West Georgia College, this time in middle-school education. He then worked in education from 1989 until his retirement in 2009. Billy has been very active in community organizations and volunteer work throughout his life. Long interested in his Scottish roots, Billy became a member of the Atlanta St. Andrew’s Society in 1976; co-founded the John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes and Drums in 1977; and became its first president. He is currently a piper with JMMPD and also its Secretary. In support of his two sons, Billy participated in cub scout activities in various leadership roles during the ’80s. This was followed with leadership positions in the Civil Air Patrol. After his sons moved on to other activities, Billy remained in the CAP becoming a Command Pilot, Check Pilot, Instructor, and Search and Rescue Pilot. He retired from the CAP in 2005 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of active service. A few years later, Billy joined the USCG Auxiliary and is currently the Assistant District Staff Officer for Communication Services in the north area of District 7. Shortly after becoming a member of the CG Auxiliary, Billy became a piper with the USCG Pipe Band and performs with them in many local and national events throughout the year. Billy has been a member of the Clan Fergusson Society of North American since 1974, serving as its Secretary from 2001 until 2012, and its President since 2013. Billy is married to Cynthia (Wendling). They are the parents of two grown sons and five grandchildren.