Howard Marshall “Hotshot” Scruggs – Obituary

By  | February 10, 2018 | Filed under: Obituaries, Williams Funeral Home

Howard Marshall “Hotshot” Scruggs, age 78, of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Howard was born on March 3, 1939 in Trousdale County, Tennessee to Henry and Nora Blackwell Scruggs. He was married to Ruby Joyce Scruggs. He became a Christian at the young age of 12 at the Center Point School House. Bluegrass music was his passion and he could play the guitar, mandolin and bass and had an uncanny ability to make people dance and laugh. He was a happy go lucky man who loved to joke and cut-up. He enjoyed fishing and camping. While he had a great joyful spirit, he was also a hard-working man, having been a tobacco farmer and a logger in his younger days. He loved his community and veterans as well, volunteering each year for many years, along with Joyce to provide the sound equipment and expertise to make the Memorial Day Commemoration special at Polk Memorial Gardens. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of many years: Ruby Joyce Scruggs; sister: Mary Frances Scruggs Oliver; brother and sister-in-law: Kenneth and Linda Scruggs; children: Stanley (Debra) Scruggs, Patsy Lynn Scruggs, Sharon (Danny) Troutt, Timmy (Becky) Scruggs, Karen (Matt) Poteete, Lisa (Joseph) Elliott; and step-daughter: Tammy (Randy) Driver; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Jimmy and Wanda Bean. He was preceded in death by his parents: Henry and Nora Scruggs; brother: William Scruggs; Brother-in-law: Marlin Oliver, Jr.; and nephew: Colbie Anderson.

Funeral services for Howard will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Williams Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Bro. Ezell Rose and Bro. Matt Beard officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Prayer at Polk Memorial Gardens. The family will visit with friends on Saturday, February 10 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. also at the funeral home and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m.

Timmy Scruggs, Michael Oliver, Michael Boshers, Ricky Scruggs, Bill Scruggs, Lane Spears, Stanley Scruggs and Austin Scruggs will serve as pallbearers.

Williams Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements and online condolences may be made at

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