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John Thomas Scarborough, 1906 - 1995

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 The Rev. John Thomas Scarborough was born October 4, 1906, in Prince George County, Virginia, to the late Virgie and Lawrence Scarborough. He was raised on a farm along with one brother, two sisters, three stepbrothers, and two stepsisters. He attended high school in Prince George County and later graduated from the University of Richmond. He later married Sallie Cogle on June 28, 1930, and had a son, Thomas, on December 23, 1940. Both Sallie and Thomas preceded him in death.

  After becoming a minister he served in various locations such as Disputanta, Amherst, Whitestone, Strasburg, Varina, Seaford, Crew, and Portsmouth. He also served as a chaplain in World War II.

  After retiring as a full-time minister, he served as an assistant minister in Irvington, Virginia, before moving into The Hermitage Methodist Home in Richmond, Virginia. He remained there until his death on July 8, 1995.

  John was a kind and thoughtful individual that everyone loved and thought so much of. Not only did adults love him but children as well. He always had time to spend when anyone needed him, whether in time of sorrow or just on an everyday occasion.

  He was always the person who would put humor in so many conversations. He was admired by members of his family and friends for his wit. When his health was good, he enjoyed life very much. He always enjoyed sharing the Lord’s Word with others and enjoyed other activities as well. Throughout his life he always enjoyed going back to the "country" for a few days to enjoy his family, fresh vegetables and homemade biscuits. He also went fishing whenever he got a chance. He spent many hours fishing in the Rappahannock River with his friend, Mrs. Bee Mason. He used to tell his family that they even had a special "hole" that he and Mrs. Bee could catch fish when no one else could.

  John will be remembered as a great minister, a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

— Betty S. Brockwell



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