Obituaries — December 2016

December 03, 2016

Mark Raymond LeClair

Mark Raymond LeClair, 52, of Bedford, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

December 02, 2016

Juanita Lee ‘Nita’ Scoggan

Aug. 25, 1927 — Nov. 27, 2016

Born in Cisco, Texas, as a 2-pound preemie not expected to live, Juanita Lee “Nita” Scoggan, achieved amazing accomplishments during her 89 years of life. She had a 35 year Federal career retiring as a Research Analyst with the USAF in the Pentagon and authored 18 books including “Pillars of the Pentagon” and the Sept. 11th “Pentagon Attack.” She led prayer groups and Bible studies for staffers at the Pentagon and White House.

Nita appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including the 700 Club, 100 Huntley St., and TBN. Nita also fulfilled her dream to return to school after she retired from Federal service and achieved an undergraduate degree, master’s degree and became a professor at Oakland City University, Bedford Campus. In addition, she was an active long time member of the National Speaker’s Association.

Her greatest triumph in life was being a supportive wife to her husband Bill Scoggan of Bedford for 58 years and successfully raising their two sons, Lew (Catherine) and Steve (Kay). She was preceded in death by her younger sister, Hazel (Art); her mother, Delma, known to us as Nana; her father, Jack; and her, uncle, Calvin (Lillie). Nita is also survived by her five grandchildren, Mary Chris, Danny, Liz, Marybeth and Kelley and 11 great-grandchildren.

Nita was a woman of faith and served in many churches including: Seat Pleasant Methodist, Maryland, the Manassas Assembly of God, Virginia and ending her church duties in the New Life Baptist Church in Bedford, where she taught many classes and had many friends.

She was informally adopted into the Scoggan clan during the last 15 years of her life after relocating from Virginia to Bedford and survived by her husband’s brothers, John (Terri), Jerry (Linda) and Kenny (Sue); and sisters, Shirley Fish and Betty Knight. She is grateful for their contribution and support during her years in Bedford. She will also be remembered for her service as President of the local Senior Citizen’s Community Center and for her leadership in the local National Day of Prayer and Right to Life events.

Memorial service will be on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 12:15 p.m., at New Life Baptist Church, 3657 Tunnelton Road. She will be laid to rest at Cresthaven Memory Gardens beside her husband Bill, who awaits her arrival in heaven.

Nita’s parents moved from Texas to Los Angeles after a flood destroyed their home, after which they relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, and lived in a log cabin built by her mom and dad. She used to joke that she went from the log house to the White House. She will be remembered as a brave and courageous woman that knew the Lord and did good in the earth. She had an exceptional zest for life and was an inspiration to many. She will be missed.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Sue Grubb

Carolyn Sue (Pavey) Grubb, 70, of Bedford, died Sunday, Nov. 27, following an lengthy illness. Cremation was chosen. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford

December 01, 2016

Bernice (Morrison) Alhorn

Feb. 21, 1926 — Nov. 30, 2016

Bernice (Morrison) Alhorn, 90, of Bedford, died at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at Westview Nursing Home and Rehabilitation.

Born Feb. 21, 1926, in Tennessee, she was the daughter of Herschel and May (Hudson) Morrison. She married Marion E. Alhorn on Feb. 27, 1946, and he passed away on June 5, 1999.

Bernice was a cashier for Hooks Drugs for many years. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Surviving are her three daughters, Rosemary (Bill) Clampitt of Bedford, Rebecca (Charles) Bliss of Bedford and Bernadette (Larry) Dipple of Anderson; son, Richard Alhorn; sister, Goldie Milan of Tennessee; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marion; daughter, JoEllen Lee; three sisters, Alberta, Genez and Lucille; brother, Garner Morrison.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. today.

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Margie Belle (Payton) Kinder Massengill

Sept. 23, 1926 — Nov. 28, 2016

Margie Belle Kinder Massengill was born in Mitchell in 1926. She then moved to Venice, Fla., in 1960. She worked for the Venice Police Department in the 1970s as a Crossing Guard, then worked at the Wedgewood Restaurant for many years. She was best known for her strawberry pie and pumpkin bread.

She leaves behind her daughter, Karon Jones and son-in-law Barry of Venice, Fla.; son, Larry Kinder and wife Patricia of North Port, Fla.; sister, Rosetta “Sissy” Arnold; and brothers Floyd “Skip” and Mervin Payton, all of Mitchell, IN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Massengill; brothers, Clyde and Hollis; sister, Marie; mother, Della; and father, Tom.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. at Farley Funeral Home Venice Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TideWell Hospice in her memory.

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