Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

March 1, 2013

William “Bill” A. Scaggs, 90


Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — William “Bill” A. Scaggs, 90, of Daytona Beach, Fla. and formerly of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Bill was born and raised in Westmoreland, a son of the late Fletcher G. Sr., and Blanche Cornwell Scaggs. After the early death of his mother, he was raised and loved by his step-mother, Mae Bell Queen Scaggs.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Kate Faye Browning Scaggs and brother Fletcher G. Scaggs, Jr.

He is survived by two sons: Rev. David Allen Scaggs, Sr. (Candy) of Westport, and William I. Scaggs of Altamonte Springs, Fla., two grandsons David Allen Scaggs, Jr.( Jenny) of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Robert Garrett Scaggs (Allysa) of Westport; and also three great-grandchildren: Mason Scaggs of Hendersonville, Tenn, and  Drake and Katie Scaggs of Westport.

Bill retired from Houdaille Industries in Huntington, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Port Orange, Fla.

He was a member of VFW Post 1064, Mountaineer Chapter #37 of the 4th Marine Division, Crescent Lodge #32 as a 32nd degree mason, Huntington Scottish Rite, Beni Kedem Temple, and Eastern Star Marcum Chapter #61.

Bill served in World War II, 4th Marine Division as a Pharmacist Mate, where he received two Bronze Stars and several other awards for meritorious service. Bill loved sports and was a semi-pro boxer while serving in the military.

He was the charter manager/coach of the VFW 1064 boxing team where he led several local boxers to fight in Madison Square Garden. His love of sports was also demonstrated by being a key organizer for the Westmoreland Little League football team, building the backdrop for Little League’s Smith Baseball field, and the key constructor for the lights at Vinson High School Football field. He organized the Daytona Beach Chapter of the West Virginia Club and remained active in the club.

Bill enjoyed his retirement and being able to visit the beach, square dance, and visit with friends. The family wishes to express their appreciation for the acts of kindness given to Bill and family during his illness and passing. Special acknowledgement to loving friend Betty Hughes, and neighbors Andrea Miller; Dean and Angie Spletter, and Gary and AbbyGail Keappler.

Friends may visit from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Reger Funeral Home and 11 a.m. to noon Monday, March 4.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Monday following visitation, with Rev. Rick Weber officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to www.bassgasper.com  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building fund of Westport Baptist Church, Box 310, Westport, IN 47283.