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Norman Hartley "Scrappy" Scawthorn

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Norman H. Scawthorn Norman Hartley "Scrappy" Scawthorn, 82, a retired naval officer, doctoral student and beloved husband and family patriarch, died Sunday, June 1, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Ann Scawthorn. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. EDT Friday at Lake Jackson United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Thursday at the family's home at 5025 Scawthorn Drive in northwest Tallahassee. Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Riggins Road Chapel (877-8191) is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Jackson United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4423 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303. Born in Pawtucket, R.I., in 1920, he graduated from high school and joined the Navy in 1939. Known to his friends as "Scrappy", he played end on the Pawtucket High School football team and was a track star. He was also a featherweight boxer. A "Mustang" in the Navy, he quickly rose through the ranks and received his commission as a naval officer in 1944. He saw action in the South Pacific and North Atlantic theaters during World War II. He proudly served his country in three wars during a period of thirty years. He married the former Mary Ann Simpson of Asheville, N.C., in July 1957. Together they raised a combined family of six children. Cmdr. Scawthorn retired from the Navy in 1969 and moved to Tallahassee, where he completed his master's degree at Florida State University. He and his wife, Mary Ann, were inseparable and have lived happily on Scawthorn Drive in their quiet northwest residence since 1973. He was a faithful member of Lake Jackson United Methodist Church, where he frequently served as a greeter and usher. He was also a member of the Bainbridge Golf and Country Club for 17 years and served as Godby High School's varsity golf coach from 1983 to 1991. During his life here in Tallahassee, he enjoyed working in his yard, playing and coaching golf, vacationing with Mary Ann, entertaining friends and enjoying his family members and their many functions. In the Navy, Cmdr. Scawthorn spent many years at sea, to which he now returns. He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him. Other survivors include three daughters, Cheryl Gilpin (and husband Gene) and Christine Williams, both of Fresno, Calif. and Candace Feely (and husband Mark) of Tallahassee; three sons, Norman Hartley Scawthorn Jr. (and wife Kathey) of Grand Junction, Colo., Steven Lurus of Virginia Beach, Va., and Kevin Scawthorn (and wife Yelena) of New Braunfels, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 3, 2003
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