Mourners say goodbye at funeral for Marshall County deputy

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS (WMC-TV) - If the throng of people at Thursday's home-going celebration for Marshall County Deputy Carol Scruggs was any indication, she was deeply loved by those that knew her.

As people slowly filed by her coffin to say their last goodbyes, they mourned the loss of a dedicated family member.

"That's what we are - we're a family - and we have lost a very vital member of our family," Deputy Sheriff Cathy Brittenum said. "Carol was very dedicated to her job, her family."

Scruggs was responding to a call last Friday morning when a fatal accident ended her life.  A member of the Sand Hill Missionary Baptist Church, she loved to sing in the choir.

Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson called her one of the best officers he ever worked with. Holly Springs Assistant Fire Chief Rodney Crane echoed those sentiments, saying Scruggs was highly thought of by those whose lives she touched.

"She's one of those persons that was real easy to get along with, and she was about her business, and they respected her for that," Crane said.

In addition to her parents, Scruggs leaves behind four children. She was laid to rest at her church in Lamar, Mississippi. A tree will be planted in a national forest as a living memorial in her name.

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