Ben Ferrell (11/5/1928 - 10/21/2015)


Col. Benjamin Butler Ferrell, USMC (Ret.) left this earth October 21, 2015, for service to his God in heaven. He was born November 5, 1928, in Tyler, Texas, to Dr. Frank and Sammie Butler. He graduated from Tyler High School, attended Kemper Military School and received his business and law degrees from Baylor University. He also received an MA in Education from Pepperdine University and an MA in Government from Georgetown University.

Ben joined the Marine Corps in 1951 and afterward became a member of the USMC Reserve. While in the Reserve, he served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Returning to active duty, he served at various Marine and Navy bases in CONUS, the Pacific Islands and South East Asia, in DaNang and Dong Ha. He finished his tour as the Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy for Military Law and was discharged in 1979.Ben retired and returned to Tyler where he taught part-time at TJC and UT-Tyler.

He was a member of St. John's Masonic Lodge, Historic Aviation Memorial Museum as well as Fifth Street Presbyterian Church and various other organizations.

Ben's humble spirit and dry sense of humor made him a man whose company others enjoyed and won him many friends. Being well read, he gave good advice only upon request. His love of reading kept him amused and informed during his last years of confinement.

His wife Anita, daughter Holly Norton, and his sister Mary Eleanor Wyatt preceded him in death. He is survived by wife, Hope; son, Ben Ferrell, Jr. (Cynthia); grandchildren, Justin Blythe and Lisa Murray; and great grandson Reese Murray, and other relatives.

Burial will be Saturday, October 24th at 9:30 a.m. at Tyler Memorial Park. Visitation will be at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home Chapel at 10:30 followed by the memorial service at 11:30. Beloved friend and neighbor, John Prestridge, will officiate. To view online go to
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Oct. 23, 2015
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