Deacon William H. Featherstone

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Deacon Featherstone was born in Columbus, Ohio on February 10, 1936 to Henry Featherstone and Catherine Mickens Featherstone.  He attended East High School, graduated in1953, and soon after, enlisted in the United States Air Force.  After working several jobs since his honorable discharge, he decided to start a business and opened the Miami Record Shop.  This is where he met Jasmine Murphy, and after a year and a half long courtship, they were married on September 8, 1979.


In his spare time, he loved to fish, so much so that even his die-hard fishermen friends were reluctant to go with him at times, because he never knew how to come home in a timely fashion.  “Spud”, as he was affectionately known, had the gift of gab, was a good storyteller, and seemed to have an endless supply of jokes. He had a good heart which showed in his generosity to his family and the multitude of friends he had, since he knew just about everybody. He loved watching the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, and the Indians, and he had a special love for the Buckeyes. Win or lose, he stood by them, and would argue vehemently against any Michigan fan in their defense.


He accepted the Lord at Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Church of God in 1977, and later was ordained as a Deacon. He was the first president of the prison ministry and taught the Sunday School class for the youth.  He was so faithful to Greater Emmanuel, later named Higher Ground Always Abounding Assembly, that he was affectionately nicknamed “The St. Clair Saint”.  He was active in the church until his health declined.


He departed his earthly vessel on Thursday, June 24, 2021.  He was predeceased by four children:  William Jeffery Russell, Desiree Thomas, Stephnie Penn, Jessie Featherstone and two grandchildren, Ivy Butler and Kamea Featherstone.  He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 41 years, Elder Jasmine D. Featherstone; children; Toya Dillard, Brent Payne, Michelle (Larry) Brandon, Christina Tucker, Dana (Crystal) Featherstone, Austin Crockett, Alpha Featherstone, and Mychal Featherstone; sister, Vickie Fullen; son-in-law Jay Thomas; daughter-in-law Roni Russell; mother-in-law Lillie Murphy-Lewis; 25 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Also survived by his close cousin, with whom he grew up with, Jo Ann James of Rochester, New York.






Visitation 6:00 PM and Funeral Service 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Higher Ground , 870 Saint Clair Ave.

Interment Thursday, July 1, 2021 10:00 AM at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Thomas Featherstone

    I love you grandpa …I know your side of the family doesn’t know about me except your wife (a little bit) and aunt alpha. You always told me to work hard in everything I do and don’t quit even tho I quit karate because I wanted to do boxing. I share many traits and your last name and for that I’m humble to become someone the worlds know and be a successor for the family and importantly my Mother (Jesse Featherstone) and I glad to call myself a East High Alumni as well. I still have my picture of us an I’ll cherish it forever. thank you for Life Grandpa and tell my mom I love and miss here so much ..take good care of her…

    And It’s Steeler Nation all day
    -Your grandson…Thomas Featherstone

  2. Anjette Badgett

    My heartfelt condolences to the entire Featherstone family. I pray for peace and comfort for your family during this difficult time. Spud was a funny guy and you can tell he never meet a stranger. God bless!

  3. Rev. Clarressa Beckhon Thompson

    To Tina,
    So sorry for your loss. We pray that you find peace in knowing that your father lived out his life in service to the Lord.
    We mourn with you and we are here for you. 614.785.9928

    Rev. Clarressa Thompson
    Min. Jeremy Beckhon
    True Healing Fellowships

  4. Vernona Dismuke

    Jasmine and family, I send love, condolences and prayers to you as you go through this time. I, too, will miss Spuds kindness, concern, and humor.
    May God provide you comfort during this time.
    Rest easy Spud.

  5. Bee Mitchell-Tolber

    My prayers are with you family. Featherstone will be greatly missed.

  6. You are continually in my prayers during this time. God is able to give you the peace and strength that you need for the days ahead.

    God Bless You

  7. Lawanna featherstone

    You have gone to your father and your daughter Jesse will be so happy 2 see you rest in heaven remember the happiness and joy william(spud)shared

  8. Frances Neal Pegram

    To Jasmine, and The Entire Family! You Have My Deepest Sympathy.

  9. Annette Peaks

    Jasmine and family,

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I Pray God comforts you and bring you peace during this time and the days ahead.

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