Stuart Earle Scruggs

February 16, 1940April 6, 2018
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Waynesville-Stuart Earle Scruggs, 78, died on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Mission Hospital-Memorial Campus. Stuart was born in Haywood County on February 16, 1940, to the late Earle and Clara Wyatt Scruggs. The most important focus of Stuart's life was his wife and family. He and Ginger made special memories on their many visits to Charleston. Stuart was an avid reader, gardener, and animal lover, never hesitating to take in a stray. As master of the Waynesville Masonic Lodge #259, he displayed his passion for knowledge and service to others. Stuart was a member of Hazelwood Baptist Church.

Stuart is survived by his wife, Virginia Franklin Scruggs; a son Bruce Scruggs (Cindy); a daughter, Suzy Edwards (Wayne); brothers, Ronald and Martin Scruggs; a sister, Pamela Scruggs Anderson (Peter); grandchildren, Jordan Scruggs (Kevin Dean), Remington Scruggs, Jesse Mease (Jennifer); and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 11, in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations with the Reverend Greg Cullen officiating. Burial will follow at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park with Masonic Graveside Rites. The family will receive friends from 9:30-11:00 am prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children at 950 W. Faris Rd, Greenville, SC 29605.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Spencer Bolin

April 11, 2018

Stuart will be missed at the Library. He was great patron who always brightened up my morning desk shift with his wonderful attitude and stories. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Julia Townsend

April 10, 2018

The world is a better place because Stuart lived here. His intelligence, contagious smile and dedication to his family and others proved this in a big way. There is no way to "get over" the fact that he is no longer here, but for the family, we pray that you will soon be able to turn your tears to laughter and fond memories.
Tony & Julie Townsend

Nicholas and Carol Howard

April 10, 2018

Carol and extend our thoughts and sympathy to all of our dear friends and relatives of Stuart. Although my younger age prevented me from knowing Stuart closely, I certainly knew of his positive life contributions. Waynesville ,Canton, Scruggs family,and the Ward family all have a special place for me,and all were integral to my childhood . Carol and I have opted to donate to the chosen charity. Hope to see everyone personally very soon.

Sincere regards,
Nick and Carol

Rufus Thomas, MD

April 9, 2018

Dear Family,
Stuart was one of my dearest patients at both Blue Ridge Dermatology and Mountain Laurel Dermatology through the years. Stuart was such a positive person, that you couldn’t help but feel better after talking with him. We had many wonderful conversations, but I will mention that we had several conversations about his granddaughter, who was a minister, that he was very proud of. I will miss Stuart greatly and I send my deepest sympathies to you all.

Erika Gibby

April 9, 2018

As a relatively new employee at the Waynesville Public Library, Mr. Scruggs was a delightful patron who I had the pleasure of knowing and seeing on a weekly basis. He was a very kindhearted man who will be missed by everyone at the library.

Ed/Polly Leatherwood

April 8, 2018

So sorry to hear of Stuart's death. We always saw him at WalMart, talked a little, then went on our way. Never will forget he and his father, Earle, at the furniture store. Just about everything in my house came from that store. Rest in peace, Stuart, you have been sick too long.

Joyce Cope

April 8, 2018

I've enjoyed the times that Stuart visited me at the library. We shared stories, tales and opinions on many things like growing up, religion, politics and the world in general. I'll miss him deeply but feel so blessed to have known him. My prayers are with Ginger and the rest of his family.