Wilson M. Ferrell Memorial Scholarship Fund
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At age 92, Wilson Ferrell passed away March 30, 2022. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hollis Ann Norris Ferrell; brother, Marshall Carr Ferrell Jr.; and sister, Elizabeth Ferrell Failing.

He was born December 16, 1929 in Winston-Salem, N.C., to the late Marshall and Anne Maclin Ferrell. He spent his mischievous childhood in Petersburg, Va., and he graduated the University of Virginia, where he was a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and a member of the UVA Swim Team. Upon graduation, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, serving with the 101st Airborne and the Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. He continued his service with the Army Reserve Quarter Masters' Corps at Ft. Lee and retired his commission as a Captain.

Wilson had a passion for anything mechanical and in 1956, he founded Dominion Chemical Company, Petersburg, Va. He was most happy facing any business challenge, especially all things boilers. He was a proud and civic-minded community member of many boards, clubs and associations in and around Petersburg. As a lifelong Episcopalian, he joined Christ and Grace Church in 1938 and continued his membership with St. Paul's Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was known for his steady hand and kind demeanor.

Wilson is survived by his son, W. Maclin Ferrell Jr. and wife, Susan Hyatt Ferrell, of Chesterfield, Va.; daughter, Molly Maclin Lee and husband, Hank G. Lee, of Richmond, Va.; stepdaughter, Amy Christine Norris of Petersburg, Va.; stepson, Scott Norris and wife, Emily Norris, of Tucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; former wife, Sue Epperson Ferrell; and a large extended family and many, many friends.

In 2022, the family has established the Wilson M. Ferrell Memorial Scholarship through the Sigma Chi Foundation, which is distributed annually with first preference to a Sigma Chi Brother at VCU and second preference to a member from the University of Virginia. Please consider contributing to this fund by clicking the 'Donate" button above. 

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