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Jan. 4, 1941—Jan. 12, 2016 Neil Ray Ferency, 75, passed away peacefully Jan. 12, 2016, at Cumberland House in Crossville, TN, surrounded by his wife and children. Born Jan. 4, 1941, in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late John and Anna Vacula Ferency. He grew up in Stratford, CT, and attended Tri-State University in Angola, IN, receiving a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He held various positions within the lighting industry, having previously worked at Sola Basic, Hubbell Lighting, Widelite, Miller Company, and ALP Lighting. His last position was vice president of marketing and sales of ALP Lighting before retiring to Tennessee in 2006. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Barbara M. Ferency. He was a devoted father to his eight children: Cynthia Witty (Dan), Deborah Hammett (Kip), L. Warren Fachner (Kathy), Victoria Fachner (Alan), Teresa Shook, Carol Ferency-Takacs (Rick), Caryn Civitello (Steve) and Connie Ferency-Viars (Robert); and was an adoring grandfather to his 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Alice Campbell (Edd), as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward J. Ferency. Neil was an inspiration to his family as one who faced life’s challenges with determination and lived a life of generosity. Since moving to Tennessee, he loved being involved with House of Hope, Kiwanis Club and Hilltoppers. He was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, was on the Parish Council and was a fourth-degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was president of the Crossville Kiwanis Club and the Crossville Model Railroad Club. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, spending time with his family and friends, playing games, reading, golfing, cheering on his Chicago Bears and going to musicals and Dollywood. The family is deeply grateful to the caregiving staff at Cumberland House and Hospice of Cumberland County. A memorial service celebrating Neil’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7503 Peavine Rd. in Fairfield Glade. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Cumberland County, 30 E. Adams St., Crossville, TN 38555.
Published on  January 14, 2016
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