Claude Pierce Scruggs
Virginia Beach, VA
The Lord took Claude Pierce Scruggs, age 82, to rest in His Heavenly Home on Dec. 7, 2004, when Claude peacefully passed away, surrounded by his family, at the Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, VA. His cause of death was respiratory failure. Claude was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Knoxville, Georgia, the son of the late George Pierce and Effie Culverhouse Scruggs.
He was quite proud of his successful career of 30 years with the US Navy. He was a veteran of World War II. He was the first Chief Storekeeper in the Navy to be promoted to Master Storekeeper, and he retired from the Navy in July 1971 as a Lieutenant Commander in the Supply Corps.
After his retirement he devoted his time to caring for his home on Cedar Lane. He maintained an orchard of 50 fruit trees, a large vegetable garden, and several flower gardens. It was always his great pleasure to place the first blooming rose of the season in the hair of his devoted wife, whom he so dearly loved.
He was a member of Thalia United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach, VA, and the Retired Officers Society.
Claude is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Carol; his two daughters, Connie S. Moore and her husband, Captain Robert W. Moore US Navy, retired of Virginia Beach; Shirley A. Battaglini and her husband, Major General James R. Battaglini USMC, retired of Arlington, VA; and his stepdaughter, Carolyn Joy Stafford and her husband William Douglas Stafford of Brandon, Florida, his three step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren, all of Florida; a sister, Sara Beth Adams, of Macon, GA; a brother, Joe Ed Scruggs, of Rome, GA; a sister-in-law, Clevie Scruggs, the widow of his late brother, Quillian Scruggs, of Knoxville, GA, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to being sadly and greatly missed by his family, to whom he always expressed and showed his affection, he will be extremely missed by his constant companion, his little poodle named Cindy V, whom he called his "Angel." She was the love of his life, and they were inseparable.
He will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors and a graveside service at a later date.
To the Meals on Wheels Organization, the family thanks all of the people involved in the delivery of meals to their home and their many friendships. And a very special thanks to Linda Jaffe, who has been a blessed supporter to all of us.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimers Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, MD, 20871, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Thank you so much for taking care of the family during this difficult time. You did a super job. May God bless you.
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