Joseph Scruggs, loving brother, uncle and friend was born January 21, 1936 in Powhatan, Virginia, to the late Lewis and Alice Scruggs. He was carried to his eternal rest on Sunday, May 6, 2001 at his residence.

       He joined Hollywood Baptist Church at an early age. He attended Powhatan Public Schools. He worked for more than 25 years at the Powhatan Locker Plant until it closed. After closure of the Plant he continued to work as a yardman for people throughout the community.

       “Joe”, as all knew him, was a kind-hearted, and caring member of the community, who was always lending a hand when needed.

       He leaves to cherish fond memories, four brothers, Robert, and Fleming of Powhatan, James of New York, and Wallace Scruggs of Richmond, Virginia; four sisters, Mable Mack, and Georgianna Taliaferro of Powhatan, Virginia; Helen Jones of Richmond, Virginia, and Bernice Harris of New York; four sisters-in-law, Mary Scruggs and Inez Scruggs of Powhatan, Mary Perkins Scruggs of Maryland, and Frances Scruggs of New York; three brothers-in-law, Lee Mack and Willie Taliaferro of Powhatan, and Andrew Jones of Richmond, Virginia; and a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins, and many other family and friends.

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He lived for those who loved him
His heart was kind and true
For the Heaven that smiled above him
And the good that he could do.

His smiling face and pleasant ways,
Are pleasures to recall.
He had a kindly word for everyone,
And he died beloved by all.

-The Family

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Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path, God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I’ve found that peace at the close of day

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, and a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief
Don’t lengthen it with undue grief,
Lift up your heart and peace to thee,
For God wanted me now, he has set me free!

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