Lewis Lanier Scruggs Sr.
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services
3195 Atlanta Highway
Athens, GA
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.
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Nancy, Lewis, and Family,

I only today received the news. My memories of Bubber, and all of you are the reason I treasure the 18 years I spent in Athens. No better model of a man of integrity, caring, and straightforwardness, existed. Bubber continues to live in our memories. My best to all of you.

Lanny Jordan
Hall County, Ga.
September 2, 2009
It is such an inspiration to think of the life a man of such success, but of absolute humility. I have known so few men of absolute integrity and service, so totally supported by a wonderful wife. My life has been better for Mr. Scruggs Christian example over the decades!
Lewis Nix
August 30, 2009
Nancy, You and yours are in our thoughts and prayers! The reason you have not heard from us sooner is both of us have been in the hospital. I was admitted with a blood clot on August 1 for 5 days and the day before I was released, Harold was admitted with a severe leg infection and was there for 12 days, but we are now home but neither driving. Wish we could see you and one day, we will! You and Bubber have meant so much to us since we met in l992 and were thrilled with your presence at our Celebration in May! It meant so much to us to know you cared enough to give up a Saturday afternoon to Celebrate with us-Thanks!

Isn't it wonderful to have God's comfort in times like these. Not able to offer any help at this time but will as soon as we are. Our love and continued prayers, Gerry & Harold
August 20, 2009
Im soo sorry to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Anna-Marie Long Engler
August 18, 2009
Nancy so sorry to hear of Bubber's home going. Heaven was just made a little sweeter. Love you , Archie Slaton. Ann says hello and sends her condolences.
Archie Slaton
August 18, 2009
Nancy and family...I'm sorry to hear about Bubber. He was a such a kind person, always willing to reach out to others...my family thanks him for everything he and his family did for us.
Janet Andrews-Epps
August 18, 2009
Nancy & Family, We were so sory to hear of Bubber's passing. Please know that our prayers are with you. He was one of the finest men we have known...he was truly the worlds greatest Sunday School teacher. He will always remain an example of practicing what you preach. Our lives are richer from having known him. Maiburn & Gail Coffee
Maiburn Coffee
August 17, 2009
Nancy, Lewis & Family,
Our hearts go out to you & yours. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers. Bubber was truly one of a kind - he touched our lives and we are thankful and blessed to have wonderful memories of him.

We too miss him.
Love, Laura, Michael, Alissa & Leo (The BTs)
Laura Trevino
August 17, 2009
Dear Nancy & Family, It has been my pleasure to have known Bubber for several years. We both were open to share words of encouragement and our views with each other as I gave him his haircuts. Bubber was a very special person and that due to having the Holy Spirit in his life. I certainly will miss him but the staff at Barbers & the Salon will also miss him because he was such a delight to have in our presence.
Our prayers are with all of you.
Mitch Hamby
August 16, 2009
Dear Nancy and Family,

I was so sorry to hear about Bubber. We have such fond memories of our time shared with you in Athens and Athens will surely feel the void as I know you will. There are some great bulldogs in heaven.

God bless you and your family from Betty and the Farr Family
Betty Farr
August 16, 2009
August 16.2009

Dear Nancy and family,
My family is so grieved to learn of the loss of "Bubber." He was so very apecial to mother and daddy and I do so wish mother could be there to honor him at this time. She has fallen and broken her shoulder and is considerably weaker. So glad she was able to come in Feb. Please be assured of our love and our deepest sympathy. God Bless and be with you.
Much love,
Margaret Nix Daniel
Margaret Daniel
August 16, 2009
Regrettably we won't be back in town until after the funeral, something tells me that it is going to be an uplifting experience. Bubber was a visionary, and put death in the middle of his plans, not at the end.
Rob and Crystal Caskey
August 15, 2009
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Bernstein Funeral Home
August 16, 2009
Ms. Nancy:

My heart goes out to you, the rest of the Scruggs family and the Athens Community - all of which truly adored and will miss Mr. Bubber. While I know we are all deeply sadden by the loss of Mr. Bubber, there can be no doubt that he is already entertaining and enjoying being with the "heavenly troops." I am confident that he is having a "blast" being in the presence of our LORD. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I miss all of you at Beech Haven.
Julie Northcutt
August 15, 2009
Dear Lewis and Family,
I was so saddened to learn of your father's passing, and please know that he - and you all - are in our thoughts and prayers. When these sad times end, you will truly be warmed by the many wonderful memories you will recall and share together.

And until you meet again, I know that the Lord will hold him in the palm of His hand.
Kate and Greg Myers
August 15, 2009
I am deeply saddened and very sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
James Heidt
August 15, 2009
Dear Scruggs Family,

I met and knew Mr. Scruggs through my employment with Evans & Mitchell Industries and the Athens Country Club. He always had a "Hello" and a "Smile" when I saw him. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Jackie Scarborough
August 15, 2009
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Becky Manly Goldman
August 15, 2009
Lewis; I am so sorry to learn of your loss.
Terry Burger
August 15, 2009
Mrs. Scruggs,

We will all miss Bubber so much. He was a Man of God who loved His Lord Jesus Christ. He loved people and encouraged us all. Beech Haven and the city of Athens will not be the same without Bubber. You will be in my prayers.
Pam Skelton Duke
August 15, 2009
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