Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalms 1:1-2
Deacon Douglas W. Scruggs, 64, of South Bend, Indiana departed this life on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. in Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, South Bend. Douglas was born on October 17, 1948 in South Bend, Indiana to the Mable D. Scruggs Harden and Lafayette “Faye” Taylor.
He graduated in 1968 from South Bend Central High and lettered track and football. He was all about the “Central Bears.” He was united in holy matrimony to Sandra Pittman on May 11, 1974.
He served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. His employment included the U.S. Post Office; The Y-Not Shack; Uniroyal; South Bend Community School Corporation; and the University of Notre Dame.
In 1992 he became a member of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and became Chairman of the Deacon Board; Sunday School Superintendent/Teacher, and the Nursing Home Outreach Ministry. He was well known to recite from memory the famous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech, “I Have A Dream,” during Black History Month.
Children (all of South Bend); sons: Cornell Scruggs and Javon (Tanesha) Scruggs, and daughter, Rachel (special son-in-law David) Thorpe; brothers: Elder James (Mary) Harden Jr. of Champaign, Illinois, Terry (Crystal) Lighthall, of South Bend, Indiana; and sister, Valorie “Sas” Harden, of Hopewell, Virginia; 7 grandchildren: Joshua Chism, Julian Hasan, Javon “Dee” Scruggs Jr., Sandra “Sandy” Scruggs and Jalen Clark, Jayshawn Scruggs, David Thorpe Jr.; and 4 great-grandchildren; along with a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.
Deacon Douglas W. Scruggs was preceded in death by his parents: Mable D. Scruggs Harden and Lafayette “Faye” Taylor; his wife, Sandra Pittman Scruggs; a brother, David Harden; grandparents, David and Hazel Scruggs; a granddaughter, Destiny Scruggs; aunts and uncles: Mildred Scruggs, Millie White and David Scruggs.
Funeral services for Deacon Douglas W. Scruggs will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 141 Camden Street, South Bend. Visitation will begin at 10:00 and service at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.