2017-08-11 / Obituaries

Dean “Bo” Scruggs

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Mooresboro, N.C. — Dean Bobo “Bo” Scruggs, 94, of Rutherford County, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Belaire Health Care Center in Gastonia, N.C.

A native of Cliffside, N.C., he was born on November 22, 1922 to the late Clyde L. Scruggs and Stella Stroup Scruggs. Bo had aspirations of being a farmer as soon as he graduated high school. When the call of duty arrived in the winter of 1943, Bo accepted and proudly served in the United States Army during World War II as a member of the 694th Battalion of Quarter Masters. When he returned home in the summer of 1946, he promptly married the love of his life, Virginia Kirby Scruggs. Bo and Jenny enjoyed raising their children in a home filled with love, laughter and centered on Christian values. He was devoted to the Lord, his family, and friends. The marriage of Bo and Jenny was an inspiration to all who were blessed to witness their 71 years of bliss and the verse, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15) rang through the halls of their home.

As an avid farmer, he obsessed over his crops and Black Angus cattle, happily spending time in the fields from sunup to sundown. If you were lucky, you were able to eat some of the freshest, tastiest and perfectly grown vegetables and fruits this side of Mason-Dixon Line. When it wasn’t farming season, Bo could be found in the woods hunting and fishing where he was restored by God’s creation.

He began his career at Duke Power Company as night watchman and retired after 43 years of service as plant engineer. He loved all sports and never missed a game played by his Braves, Carolina Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers. Bo never met a stranger, enjoyed trying new things and was a world class storyteller.

Bo was a lifetime member of State Line Baptist Church where he served his God and church as Deacon, Trustee and Choir Member. Bo served without recognition and always with a servant’s heart. For anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Bo, there would be no doubt he was greeted in the heavens with, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord, (Matthew 25:21)

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Don Scruggs (wife Jeanette) of Belmont, N.C.; a daughter, Renita Walker (husband Gary) of Lake Wylie, S.C.; a brother, Earl Scruggs (wife Bobbie) of Forest City, N.C.; six grandchildren, Lori Walker Collins (husband Andrew) of Gastonia, N.C., Julie Walker Keel (husband Wesley) of Houston, TX, Jonathan Walker (wife Ashley) of Knoxville, TN, Jeremy Walker (wife Lindsay) of Matthews, N.C., Ben Scruggs (partner Maddie) of Belmont, N.C. and Kati Scruggs of Belmont, N.C.; ten greatgrandchildren, Addison, Solomon, Stella, Maddox, Baylie, Luke, Brennan, Mark, Greyson, and Gavin. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Imogene Bratton.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at State Line Baptist Church. Funeral services will immediately follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Church with Rev. Kris Showen and Rev. John Godfrey officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be in the State Line Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: State Line Baptist Church, 1328 State Line Church Road, Gaffney, SC 29341.

The family will be at their respective homes.

An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com.

Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, S.C.

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