The journey of life for Charlene Scroggins began on January 30, 1952 in Nashville, AR—accompanied by her twin Charles—to the late Willie and Dorothy Mae Marshall. She was a proud product of the Howard County High School; oddly enough, after her class of 1970 came through they officially closed the doors. Charlene went on to work towards her goal of becoming a nurse starting out at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia where she and the Iota Delta Chapter were the first group of Delta ladies to grace the campus, spring 1972. She then transferred to the State College of Arkansas (now University of Central AR at Conway) and from there to St. Vincent’s School of Practical Nurses and graduated in 1975, right before her first bundle of joy was born—Nichelle Wright (Niki).
Charlene’s nursing career began at Benson’s Nursing Home as a CNA under the leadership of the late Mother Edna Benson. After graduation she went on to work at St. Michael’s in Texarkana, but the majority of her career was in Howard County where she returned to love and care for the people of her community. She worked the next few decades at Benson’s Nursing Home, Howard County Memorial Hospital, and Howard County Health unit—sometimes all at the same time and while working as an LPN and finishing up her studies at William Buchanan School of Nursing to become an RN. She was a hard- working, determined woman who took her time and worked from CNA to LPN to RN and Director of Nursing.
During those early years she married Ronald Scroggins, Sr. and soon to them, her second heartbeat, a son Ronald Scroggins Jr. (Bubba) was born. Another seven years later they welcomed a third heartbeat, perfectly plump and round baby boy, James Delarosa (Rolly Polly) and with his addition it made her heart complete—just like the Trinity.
Over the years she welcomed many children into her home and heart; Don & Lynn White, Eric Austin, Rachel Delarosa, & the at last, baby girl, Chasity Esters. Some called her mom, some called her Aunt Charlene, but they all knew that they could count on her to love and care for them.
She loved to sing, especially that one verse, “Let the church say Amen…” She was a part of the Voices of Faith with the Free Christian Zion Church in the 70s under the direction of James Turner and later the New Addition Community Choir in the 80s under the direction of Minister Donald Vaughn. In the last chapter of her life, she loved serving with her sisters of NACO in any capacity that her health would allow.
As her health began to fail, she continued to love on the people of her community in different ways, cooking—the best yams around. Highly requested foods were pound cakes, potato salad, and buttermilk pie. Knitting and playing cards with her friends was her favorite way of passing time if she wasn’t Facebooking, practicing taking selfies, or shopping online. She was a meticulous planner—tracking and documenting everything. Thoughtful in her gift giving, she made sure to plan ahead. But her love for the Lord and her faith, even when she couldn’t get to church, never faded. It was evident from the contents of her Bible that maybe she and her step-granddaughter, Jakenya, were often off task during service with tons of notes, tic-tac-toes, hand drawings, and lists of what they were thankful for—the thankfulness that was ignited and grew with the teachings of her Pastors Vaster and Margaret Cooper and the First Providence Church family.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Marlon Marshall and Michael Scott.
Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Nichelle Wright (Donald) of Fort Worth, TX; Ronald Scroggins Jr. of Dallas, TX, and James Delarosa of Nashville; a very special niece/daughter (mini twin) Elaine Marshall of Las Vegas, NV; Five grandchildren, Collin Wright, Maliah Delarosa, Jacailee Scroggins, Jamilya Christopher- Delarosa and Zamiya Christopher- Delarosa; two sisters: Dorothy Fae (Oscar) and Gwendolyn Powell of Columbus; three brothers: Charles Marshall (Janice) of Nashville, Dwayne Scott (Cleverne) and Andrea Porter (Barbara) of Columbus. Three cherished step-daughters; several step-grandchildren, a host of special friends, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews¸ cousins, and her beloved classmates of 1970.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Maranatha Baptist Church, 300 Trenton Blvd., Nashville. Ms. Scroggins will lie in state one hour prior to service. Arrangements entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home, Inc.