Thursday, July 8, 2010
By SUE WATSON
An estimated 1,200 friends and family of law enforcement attended the funeral service of “Sweetie” Thursday.
Carol Jean Scruggs, deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, was laid to rest with the highest honors - music, testimonials, Bible verses, prayer, singing and outpouring of love.
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel, emergency responders, and employees and elected officials from far and wide were present to honor one of their fallen in the line of duty. The funeral was held at the W.A. McMillan Multi-Purpose Building at Rust College to a full house. Scruggs died from a vehicle accident when she lost control of her patrol car while responding to a call June 25.
Scruggs was buried in her service uniform, one she wore proudly and kept neat and spotless.
“Everything is going to be all right if you trust God in everything you do, give God the praise, cry a little bit and laugh a little bit,” one of the speakers said. “Healing starts after the burial.”
Aloys Tucker, president of Sand Hill MB Church choir, said Scruggs “will be missed.” She served as vice president of the choir.
“Carol was born; Carol lived; and Carol has gone to be with Him. Her legacy has already been made. She would want you to be what God wants you to be. She would say, ‘Everything that happened to me, God did it. I turn it over to Jesus,’ ” Tucker said.
A tearful Mae Garrison told stories of how close she became to Scruggs after a rough initial beginning when Scruggs was correcting her children at a public event.
“Whose children are these?” Scruggs asked.
“They are mine,” Garrison responded.
From that moment on they became friends.
“Sometimes Carol could put her foot in her mouth,” said Garrison, who read a touching poem about friendship.
Marshall County deputy and Rev. LaDaryl Odum preached a short sermon on the topic “God is Able,’ (Ephesians 3:20-21) after the song title was sung by TNT. Members of the audience stood, clapped and danced during the song.
Brother Larry Gatewood sang “A Change is Gonna Come,” written and recorded by Sam Cooke. The interpretation by Gatewood brought the audience to their feet several times.
Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...”) and verses from Psalm 24 (“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof...”) were read as well as the words of our Lord, “Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you and, if I go, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said Scruggs often did the work of three people and didn’t have to be told what to do. She was a self-starter.
“I am a better person for having Carol work with me and for me,” he said.
Downtown, the flag was flown at half mast, in honor of the life of Carol Jean Scruggs (March 30, 1962 - June 25, 2010).
A motorcade to Rust College stretched for two miles, according to Sheriff Dickerson, and included motorcycle patrols and law enforcement automobiles from a wide array of agencies, including some from out of state.
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