Samuel Edward Scruggs, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was born June 15, 1931, in Courtland to the late Samuel Otis and Eva Draper Scruggs. He departed this life peacefully at Decatur Morgan Hospital-DGH Campus on May 6, 2014, surrounded by his family.
He was a graduate of Courtland High School, Alabama A&M University and Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He was a teacher and principal in the Cullman County Alabama School System and the Cleveland Public Schools. He was a member of St. James C.P. Church and served faithfully on several auxiliaries.
He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife, Bettye Byars Scruggs; four children, Evelyn Clay of Chattanooga, TN, Samuel E. Scruggs Jr. of Charlotte, NC, Bobby (Michelle) Scruggs of Austin, TX, Lori Scruggs of Decatur; one sister, Geraldine Billings of Knoxville, TN; one special friend, Robert "Bob" Henry; nine grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was loved and will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life and Remembrance will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. James Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America with Pastor Michael Jones officiating. Inhumation will follow in Sterrs Cemetery. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral. Public viewing will be today from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Reynolds Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Cohen, Julian Fronte Birgans, Craig Swoope, Jerry Nash, William Matthews and Andrew James Watkins.
Honorary pallbearers will be children and grandchildren.
Please sign the guestbook on line at www. reynoldsfh.com
This obituary was originally published in the Decatur Daily.