It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Edward D. Ferebee, who passed away in his home on February 7, 2018.
Edward was born in Grants, New Mexico in a doctor’s office behind a gas station to Dr. Robert N. Ferebee and Martha Ferebee. Edward has two siblings, Jeanette Ferebee and Robert M. Ferebee. The family settled in Abilene, TX in 1960, where Edward flourished in the Indian Guides and Cub scouts with his father as his troop leader. He later moved on to Webelos troop. When Edward was in the 4th grade, the family moved to Denton, TX where his love for music grew. Edward would play the saxophone while Jeanette was playing the piano. The family moved to South Carolina, where Dr. Robert N. Ferebee earned his PhD. After that was done, they moved the family to Tucson, AZ, where Edward graduated from Santa Rita High School. While there Edward was actively involved in golf and even won a tournament. Edward always had a strong love for good country music. Edward would wait for his sister, Jeanette, to start listening to her radio, and then would turn up his John Denver music so loud it would drown hers out. After graduation, Edward enrolled in college at Northern Arizona College.
While there a friend’s grandmother got him and 3 other young men jobs in Boise, ID at Guerdon’s Manufacturing where he met Lynn A. Johnson and married her in 1978. Lynn had a beautiful little girl named Brandy and Edward was quick to make her his own. Edward and Lynn lived in Meridian, ID with their daughter Brandy when they welcomed the birth of their only son Roy E. Ferebee in 1982. Edward was an influential member of the Nampa Bow Chiefs and Idaho State Bowhunters for many years, where he received many trophies and awards for his skills with a bow and was even a state champion in 1991. His love for the outdoors, gave him and his son a common bond and they spent many weekends running the mountains in the hopes of scoring that perfect buck. Edward had hunting running through his blood from the very beginning. If there was a tag for it, you can bet he chased it a time or two.
Edward met Tammy Taylor-Reninger in 1996 and they had a deeply shared love for anything outdoors. The two spent many weekends camping in Stanley, ID with Tammy’s twin brother Terry Reninger and his wife, Sandra. Terry and Edward would spend every labor day weekend trying to call in the perfect Bull Elk, while Tammy would keep camp and make sure everyone had a great time. Edward and Tammy were wed in 2009 and have made many happy memories together that I know will be cherished for the rest of her life.
Edward has five grandchildren: Jesse and Dakota Grist (Brandy), Izabella and Dierks Ferebee and Cyrus Scott (Roy) whom he loved very deeply. From the time they were babies he would hold them and tell them how important they were to him. They loved having sleepovers at Grandad’s house since he would always give them candy and take them on long walks. He would sit and tell them stories of the many hunts he had been on and help them to get ready to become hunters themselves by making sure they all had enough camo and hunting gear for when their time came.
Edward was a great friend to many people. Too many to mention. He loved every one of his family members and friends more than he loved himself. And was quick to show it at any given time.
Edward is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert N. Ferebee and Martha Ferebee; sister, Jeanette Ferebee Brockman; niece, Suzanne Kennedy Brockman (Bryan Kennedy); nephew, Scott Brockman; brother, Robert Ferebee; wife, Tammy Ferebee; first wife, Lynn A Johnson; son, Roy E. Ferebee (Kimberly Ferebee); daughter, Brandy Ferebee Caldwell (Bob Caldwell); grandchildren: Izabella and Dierks Ferebee, Jesse and Dakota Grist, and Cyrus Scott; brother-in-law, Terry Reninger (Sandra Becker), and many aunts, uncles and cousins who all loved and will miss him dearly.
Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Lifesprings Church, 174 N. Star Rd. in Star, Idaho. Come share your stories and help us to celebrate his life. Food will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to www.rmef.org
in Edward’s name.