On Wednesday night, the Fergusons donned some makeshift costumes, Bill as a biker — fake tattoos and all — and Shirley as a hippie, gathered some citrus fruits in a little wagon and set off to knock on doors.
“We just called it treating,” Shirley said with a laugh. “My husband said were too old for tricks!”
The couple went door-to-door delivering fruit and even playfully crashing a neighborhood board meeting.
“(Their neighbors) were all so supportive, laughing and having fun with us,” Shirley said.
Bill, a World War II veteran and former minister, and Shirley, a retired teacher, have been married for 64 years. Both are Washington County natives but lived in Georgia, North Carolina and Maryland and raised four children, who now reside in four different states, before returning home about 13 years ago.
Shirley said she and Bill are a little more limited than they were a few years ago, but they still try to stay active.
“We go to church regularly and try to go to the gym and stay in touch with our neighbors best we can,” said Shirley.
Bill and Shirley attend Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City. Shirley said most recently, they volunteered with the Joy Prom, a huge free event the church holds each year for community members with special needs and their families. Hundreds attend, and Bill and Shirley are involved every year, keeping them on their toes.
“We were just having fun, and we have a wonderful neighborhood here at Xanadu Court and wonderful neighbors.”