Retired Army Brig. Gen. Michael Ferguson, a well-known Pensacola attorney who served as a civilian assistant to the Secretary of the Army in northern Florida for more than a dozen years, died Jan. 18. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Pensacola.

PENSACOLA — Funeral services will be held Tuesday for retired Army Brig. Gen, Michael Ferguson, a Pensacola attorney instrumental in supporting Army installations and personnel across Northwest Florida as a civilian assistant to the Secretary of the Army.


Ferguson, who died Jan. 18 at the age of 81, was appointed as a civilian assistant to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) in 2003. He held the post for more than 12 years.


Fitch takes command of 2nd Battalion


A 1960 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ferguson was an Army Ranger and a Vietnam veteran. He also served in West Germany and at the Pentagon. Following his retirement from the Army, he attended law school at the University of Florida and had a distinguished career at the McDonald, Fleming, Moorhead and Ferguson law firm.


"He was a soldier’s soldier. He was not hung up on rank at all," said retired Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Patt Maney, who succeeded Ferguson as the CASA for northern Florida. "He was very focused on helping the Army."


"He was all over the place," Maney said, "on his own time and his own dime."


Maney said Ferguson was "very active in supporting the 7th Group." The Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) moved from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Eglin Air Force Base in 2011.


And as a former Ranger, Ferguson also maintained a considerable interest in the Army’s 6th Ranger Training Battalion, also located on Eglin, Maney said.


Tom Rice, a local retired Army first sergeant who served as Ferguson’s non-commissioned officer during Ferguson’s CASA service, called him "a good friend" and remembered him as "a soldier’s soldier."


"He was a role model for me," Rice said.


Also remembering Ferguson this week is Chuck Merkel, president of the West Point Society of Northwest Florida.


"He was impressive on so many levels," Merkel said. "He was a great friend and patriot, and he loved his country."


Ferguson is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jane M. Ferguson, and also is survived by a sister, three children and three grandchildren. Funeral service are set for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Pensacola, with burial at Barrancas National Cemetery with full military honors.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Ferguson’s name for University of West Florida scholarships to children of deceased veterans and military personnel.