James Donald "Don" Scruggs

james scruggs

July 18, 1949 ~ October 2, 2021

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

James Donald “Don” Scruggs, 72, of Candler, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Mission Hospital.

A native of Buncombe Co., Mr. Scruggs was a son of the late Harry Lee and Clara Belle Gaddis Scruggs. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harry Scruggs, Jr., and sister Marie Campbell.

Mr. Scruggs attended Candler Elementary and was a 1967 graduate of Enka High School. He obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering Technology from ABTech in 1969. He worked for American Enka, CP&L/Progress Energy, (retiring in 2013) and Avid. He was a co-founder of Ingress, Inc. He was a long time member of Hominy Baptist Church.

His deep love for his family and friends and his abiding faith in God guided his path in life.

Surviving is his wife of 49 years, Myra Jean Surrette Scruggs; daughters, Jennifer Reed and her husband Joey, and Kimberly Scruggs; son, Matthew D. Scruggs and his wife Sally; grandchildren, Preston and Jackson Reed and Charlie Scruggs; sisters, Joanne Young, Edna Shook and Joyce Riddle; and brother, David Scruggs.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5 at Hominy Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Joe Yelton and the Revs. David Scruggs and Jimmy Dykes officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hominy Baptist Church, 135 Candler School Rd., Candler, NC 28715.


Visitation: October 5, 2021 1:00 pm

Hominy Baptist Church
135 Candler School Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Service: October 5, 2021 2:00 pm

Hominy Baptist Church
135 Candler School Road
Candler, NC 28715


Burial: October 5, 2021 3:00 pm

Hominy Baptist Church
135 Candler School Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Don had is Great Awakening!!! How glorious it was to be reunited with family and friends. Those of us who believe in our Lord, will get to do the same. We have a promise in Christ Jesus our Lord. To All the Family, we send our love and prayers to sustain you. The Penleys

  2. Don was such a nice fellow. We remember him from our Hominy Valley days and of course from high school. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.
    Randy & Sandi Turbyfill

  3. Don and Myra have been wonderful friends for many years. Don will truly be missed.
    Harry and Sandy Mashburn

  4. Myra, I’m so sorry to hear of Dons passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you sweet lady.

    Sonia Pressley

  5. Don was a lovely man. He will be sorely missed. Please know you are all in my prayers. Love, Mary Ann.

  6. Myra, Kim, Matthew, and Jennifer,
    Don was indeed a gentle man with intelligence, talent, and humor. He loved his family. He will be missed by many. My sincere condolences to your sweet extended family, with love.

  7. Myra and family. We are so sorry for your loss. We have many memories of Don from high school thru out our lives. May God comfort you and hold you close.
    Bill and Dyrenda

  8. I had the honor of singing in choir at Hominy Baptist Church with Don. He had a great voice but more importantly he was a wonderful person.

  9. Myra, Kim, Matthew, Jennifer, and Family,
    We were saddened to learn of Don’s passing. Our lives intertwined over the years from Candler elementary school where we played football together to graduating with Don from Enka High to supporting our children and grand children at Hominy Valley sporting events. He will be missed by all who knew him, but we look forward to our glorious reunion with him and all our loved ones in heaven. Rory has the privilege of showing him around heaven and helping get everything ready for Jesus to come back for us. Such hope we have in what our Lord has done for us through His sacrifice on the cross for our sins and our hope of heaven. May God give you the grace and peace to face this difficult time.
    Our Love in Jesus,
    Royce & Gwenda

  10. Myra and family,
    We send our deepest sympathy to all. We were so privileged to attend Enka High and sing in the choir with Don throughout our youth. We shared so many happy memories. Heaven has.received a fine man. Keep smiling and singing till we meet again!

  11. Myra and family,
    We offer our condolences to all of you. We will always remember Don as a gentle soul. We were so fortunate to have gone to high school and sing in the.youth choir at Hominy Baptist with Don. We shared many happy memories during this time. Keep smiling and singing till we meet in Heaven!

  12. Myra and family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your great loss. Donald was a kind, gentle, and respected man. We are all blessed to have known him. We all have the blessed hope of seeing him again, and I hope you can take comfort in knowing this. Praying you feel God’s peace and comfort in the days ahead. Love in Christ, Gail Franklin

  13. Jennifer and Family –
    I have so many fond memories of Don and Buncombe Baptist softball. He was such a kind person and we had lots of good times on the ballfields as I grew up. I know you’ll miss him (as I will), but I take comfort in the fact that we KNOW we will see him again one day soon. I’m hoping that my father (Hugh Cole) has already got him involved in the softball leagues in Heaven. You will all be in my prayers in the coming days and weeks.

  14. I met Don a few years ago through our association with the Hominy Valley Men’s Choir. In any conversation I had with Don I remember his grace and acceptance.

  15. Dear Myra and loved ones,
    We are sorry to learn of Don’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
    Audrey and Ron Morrow

  16. My deepest sympathy to Don’s family. I attended Enka High School with Don, and graduated in 1967. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Dennis W. Jordan

  17. Kim and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray the Lord let’s his sweet peace fall like rain now, and in the days to come. Heaven is going to be so sweet.

  18. Joyce (& Reagan), I – on behalf of my parents & Mamaw – send our love, thoughts & prayers. As the song says, “it’s a far better place at the end of the journey.” Much Love & God bless!!!

  19. I was so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Enjoyed spending time with him and Myra over the years. We shared some good times and we will remember those. Prayers for each of you as you grieve over his loss!! Love and hugs!

  20. Myra and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege to work with Don for many years. I enjoyed his sense of humor and admired his intelligence and calm manner. My prayers are with you during this time.

  21. Dear Myra, Don was a wonderful man, a loving and proud father, a good friend. Always respectful, dignified, Godly. We enjoyed the many years at Hominy ballpark and the last 20 years at Hominy Baptist. He will be so missed. How lucky and honored we were to have called him a friend. God bless all of you.

  22. It was a privilege and great joy to know both you and Don. Marshall and I had fun double dating with you. We shared some good times! My prayers are with you at this difficult time. Remember those happy days! We were all blessed to have Don in our life!

  23. Myra, I just learned of Don’s passing; you have my deepest prayerful sympathy. I enjoyed working with Don. He always had an uplifting comment and was a pleasure to be around.

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