In Memory of Officer William “Coot” Ferrell, Jr


On October 09, 2019 retired Officer William “Coot” Ferrell Jr. passed away at the age of 90.

Mr. William Ferrell Jr. was born on September 2, 1929, in Ellaville, GA to the late Mr. William Ferrell Sr. and Ina Ferrell. He was a proud alum of Dunbar High School, class of 1950, in Fort Myers. Shortly after his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Maintenance Supervisor, during the Korean War.

Mr. Ferrell joined the City of Fort Myers Police Department on September 2, 1966. While serving his beloved Dunbar Community, he received The Ned Foulds Officer of the Year award in 1986, The George Sanders Distinguished Law Enforcement award in 1991, as well as many other awards and accolades.

Most recently, on September 3, 2019, Mr. Ferrell received The Key to the city from Mayor Randy Henderson for his honorable contributions, service, and commitment to the citizens of the City of Fort Myers.

Throughout his tenure at the Fort Myers Police Department, Mr. Ferrell was involved in several large-scale criminal investigations, including Federal Investigations and a serial rapist case coined “The Corridor Rapist.”

Mr. Ferrell retired on February 1, 1992, with honors as the first African American Police Officer to retire from the agency. Due to his passion, love and commitment to the Dunbar Community, he returned after two short months of retirement as the Supervisor and Neighborhood Watch Coordinator.

In Memory of Officer William “Coot” Ferrell, Jr

Mr. Ferrell is survived by his wife, Lila, of 63 years, and his two sons, Lamar and Bill Ferrell III. Mr. Ferrell was affectionately known by many throughout the agency and community as “Mr. Coot”.

In Memory of Officer William “Coot” Ferrell, Jr

“On behalf of the Fort Myers Police Department, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family and friends,” shared Chief Derrick Diggs.

Mr. Ferrell’s service information is as follows:

Memorial Service: Friday, October 18, 2019, 6 – 8 pm @ St. Johns Church, 2044 Brown Street

Funeral Service: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11 am @ McGregor Baptist Church, 3750 Colonial Blvd

In Memory of Officer William “Coot” Ferrell, Jr

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