OBITUARY

James Lloyd "Bill" Scruggs

May 14, 1923March 11, 2019

James Lloyd “Bill” Scruggs, 95, died March 11, 2019, at Park West Hospital. He was born May 14, 1923, in Knoxville. His father, Lloyd Calloway Scruggs, a Knoxville fireman, died fighting a fire in 1926. Mr. Scruggs was also preceded in death by his mother Margaret Nannie Beets Scruggs Hodges, step-father Charles B. Hodges, brother Arthur C. Hodges, and sister Carolyn A. Hodges, all of Knoxville. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen Louise Moore Scruggs, son James Taylor “Jim” Scruggs (wife Pat) of Alcoa; daughter Sheila Louise Scruggs Fuqua (husband Bill) of Knoxville; granddaughters Elizabeth Scruggs Coffield (husband Jonathan) and Jennifer Scruggs McMurray, both of Maryville; great-granddaughters Mattie Erwin, Marley McMurray, and Evans Coffield; sisters-in-law Peggy Mixon Moore, Lexington, KY, Faye Julian Hodges, Knoxville; several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and one great-great niece. Mr. Scruggs was an outstanding athlete at Young High School, lettering in football, basketball, baseball and track. He declined multiple college scholarship offers in order to enlist in the U. S. Army following high school graduation. He served from 1943 to 1945 as a member of L Company, 347th Infantry, participating in the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded several medals, including the Bronze Star, and reached the rank of Technical Sergeant. Mr. Scruggs had a 47-year career in sales with Chapman Drug Company, winning many awards for his outstanding salesmanship. Mr. Scruggs was devoted to his family and enjoyed travel, beach vacations and many adventures with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing golf and supporting the Tennessee Volunteers. He was a long-time member of South Knoxville Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, was a deacon, trustee, and served in many other capacities. After moving to NHC Assisted Living Farragut, Mr. Scruggs transferred his letter of membership to West Hills Baptist Church. He was a lifetime member of Oriental Lodge No. 453 F&AM, as well as Scottish Rite. Family will receive friends Saturday, March 16, 2019 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy. Knoxville, Tennessee 37920, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM with a funeral service to follow at 2:00PM. Rev. Drew Prince to officiate. Military Honors by East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be private at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to West Hills Baptist Church, 409 North Winston Road, Knoxville, TN 37909, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.berryfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

James Lloyd "Bill" Scruggs

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Ellen and Doug Millsaps

March 18, 2019

We were so sorry to read about Bill's passing. We would have been at the funeral but read the notice Saturday afternoon too late to attend. Helen, Jimmy, and Sheila, you are in our prayers for comfort and peace. Bill was such a faithful member and leader of South Knoxville Baptist Church; we always respected him and enjoyed singing in the choir with him. We need more Christians like him today. He will be missed.

Jack and Kathleen Hill

March 17, 2019

We are so sorry about the loss of Bill. We know your hearts are broken at this sad time. We had hoped to be at the funeral but health issues just don't always let us do what we want. Bill will always be remembered as such a faithful and dedicated member of South Knoxville Baptist Church during its history. He was loved and was respected by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Helen, during the difficult days ahead. We really enjoyed our brief visit with both of you not too long ago.

Paul & Elsie Caton

March 15, 2019

From our very earliest memories, Bill was always in the choir at South Knoxville Baptist along with Helen and always willing to sing at any time. His rich bass voice was missed if he was absent, and he always had a ready smile and offered support in so many ways. We are so sorry for your loss.

Betsy Brittain

March 13, 2019

Dear Helen, Jimmy and Shelia,
Jody West and I send our sympathy. We have the happiest memories of our time as neighbors on Royal Heights Dr. Mother and Dad loved their neighbors, and spoke of Bill and Helen often. Time has moved swiftly, but cherished memories remain. Bill was the “gold standard” for us as someone who was “meant to sell” with kindness and integrity. What an accomplished gentleman. Many blessings to you all.
Betsy and Jody Alexander

DAVID & JUDITH JOHNSON

March 13, 2019

OUR HEART FELT LOVE GOES OUT TO MS. HELEN AND THE FAMILY. WE ASK OUR LORD TO PUT HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND EACH OF YOU TO HELP YOU THROUGH THIS TIME OF SORROW. MAY YOU FIND YOUR STRENGTH IN THE LORD.

Valerie Ridinger (Davis)

March 13, 2019

Sheila, Jim and Mrs. Scruggs,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Scruggs' passing. He was a precious man. I have fond memories of being in your home during our high school years, Sheila. I treasure those times and our friendship.

Please know that you are in my prayers during this difficult time. God bless each one of you.

Valerie

James (Jay) Johnson

March 13, 2019

Jim, so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Please accept my appreciation and admiration of his remarkable military service as a member of the greatest generation. My condolences to your mom, sister and entire Scruggs family.

Jay Johnson SHS ‘67

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY