Athens - Lewis Lanier Scruggs Sr. (Bubber) died Thursday, August 13. Born in Columbus, September 22, 1922, he was the son of the late Lewis Lanier Scruggs and Kathleen Ball Scruggs Barnes. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Bentley Scruggs, and his sister, Kathleen Scruggs Vignaux.
Mr. Scruggs was a graduate of Columbus High School. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and retired as a Captain in the Army Air Corps Reserve.
In 1953, Mr. Scruggs founded Athens Insurers Inc. with his partner, Robert Argo of Athens. During his career he served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia. He served the Athens community as a director of the Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Downtown Development Authority. He was a devoted volunteer with the Athens Community Council on Aging, delivering Meals on Wheels for many years.
Mr. Scruggs was a Charter member of Beech Haven Baptist Church. He was a member of the Athens Country Club, Athens City Club and the Gridiron Secret Society.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nancy Bentley Scruggs; and his son, Lewis Lanier Scruggs Jr. of Athens. Also surviving are his daughter-in-law Jerry Kinnebrew Scruggs Epting; his brother-in-law, Upshaw Bentley Jr., of Athens; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Thomas Bentley (Norma), of Atlanta; grandchildren Lewis Lanier Scruggs III (Carrie), Nancy Scruggs Dyleski (Mark), Michael Kinnebrew Scruggs, Andrew Bentley Scruggs (Emmy), all of Athens; and Sara Scruggs Griffith (George) of Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Lewis Lanier Scruggs IV, Sidney Jackson Scruggs, and William Henry Scruggs, Mark Winslow Dyleski Jr. and Nancy Kathleen Dyleski, all of Athens. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 17, at Oconee Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Beech Haven Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2009, at Bernstein's Funeral Home in Athens.
Memorials may be made to Beech Haven Baptist Church, the Athens Community Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program or any charity of choice.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Published by Athens Banner-Herald from Aug. 15 to Aug. 16, 2009.