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Lady Josephine Scruggs

Josephine Scruggs is the daughter of the late Reverend Troy D. and Bettie Stewart. She is the wife of the Reverend Dr. Julius R. Scruggs. Together they are the proud parents of a son, the Reverend Morris (Marty) Tipton, Jr. (Melody) and a daughter, Jennifer Scruggs. They also rejoice in their grandchildren, Morris (Tre’) Tipton III, Morgan Tipton, and Elizabeth Scruggs.


Sister Scruggs served as the Administrator for the First Baptist Church Child Development Center & Academy. Prior to that position, she served as the Assistant Administrator for the CDCA. Between the two, she served in that ministry for 12+ years. She taught in the Metropolitan Public Schools in Nashville, Tennessee for twenty-five years. She also served as a teacher for the Tennessee Baptist Youth Encampment Program and Youth Director for ten years.

Sister Scruggs is a graduate of Morristown College High School in Morristown, Tennessee. She then earned her AA in Mathematics from Morristown Junior College. She continued her education, earning her BS and MA in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Tennessee State University.

She is affiliated with the following professional organizations, community boards and committees: MNEA; NEA; TEA; Retired Teacher Association; YMCA CITY PROGRAM; Phi Delta Kappa; NAACP; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Partnership for a Drug-Free Community; Board Member of Girl Scouts of America; Madison County Day Care Board; Rotarian Club; Co-Chaired the drafting and the implementation of the Family Life and AIDS Education Curriculum for the State of Tennessee; one of three persons in the video on AIDS Education in the Workplace; Teacher of the Year 1980; HOSPICE Volunteer (patient care); and serves as a facilitator for children ages three thru eighteen at the Caring House and First Missionary Baptist Church (helps children that are going thru the death of a loved one).

She has served as a presenter for the following seminars/workshops: Christian Charm (girls 12-18), Image/Health Tips, Image of a Christian Young Lady, North East Wing-Deacons & Trustee’s Wives; The Black Church Meeting the College Students Needs; Women’s Day Speaker in Alabama, Tennessee, and Michigan; Clues/Tips on Being a Pastors/Ministers Wife Today; Inspirational Speaker for the 4-H Club (Alabama A&M University); Speaker for the Induction Ceremony into the Jr. Honor Society (Davis Hills Middle School and Stone Middle School); Black History Speaker at local city and county elementary schools; AIDS Education and Drug Education presenter; Parenting Classes at the Seminole Service Center; Image Consultant (Making a First Impression); Wedding Consultant/Director (the Ultimate Event); Coached basketball, track and golf for twenty years and started the first Band Boosters Club at Whites Creek High School and Tennessee State University.

Josephine is the recipient of several awards, but the one’s she is most proud of are the teacher of the year, her work with underprivileged children, and her dedicated support of Sickle Cell. She is at her best when helping others.

With all of the above she still has time for attending the various activities of her grandchildren, reading, cross-stitching, collecting “All God’s Children,” word search puzzles, and visiting the sick and shut-in.

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