Saturday, June 30, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Addendum to and re-issue of Tidbit on Barbara Scruggs

Coweta   arts   tidbits
The  Successor  To  Newnan-Coweta  Arts  Council  News  Releases
Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
June 30, 2007
June 27, 2007
Southside Artists Mourn The Passing of Barbara Scruggs
     Barbara Scruggs was not only a good artist but also a good organizer.  She strongly supported the Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) which she served in various capacities including being its delegate to the the Newnan-Coweta Arts Council, where she served for a time as Secretary.  She was also a strong advocate of co-operation among the various Southside art associations for which reason she was very active in the Southern Crescent Alliance of Visual Artists, serving twice as its President (in 2004 and 2007).  Although what happened was tragic, it is perhaps fitting that she died "with her boots on" while helping to organize the reception for the Second Annual Juried Exhibit of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association last week at the Centre for Perforning and Visual Arts of Coweta County.  Barbara will be missed; her passing is a grievous loss for the Coweta and Southside arts scene.
          Speakers on for American Prayer Medley

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Her Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of her as gone away-
Her journey's just begun.
Life holds so many facets-
this earth is only one.

Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost-
and she has loved so much.
-- Ellen Brennerman

Dear Friends

As you have probably heard, our dear friend and active fellow Republican, Barbara Scruggs, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2007.  What a total shock since I had no idea that she had any serious physical problems.  She has been a very good friend of mine for many years, and we e-mailed all the time.  In fact, when she found out that I wanted to be a delegate to the NFRW National Convention in California in September, she nominated me from the floor of the April 2007 GFRW meeting. 

Barbara was currently a District Director of the GFRW and Corresponding Secretary of the Coweta County RW. She has been active in the Coweta GOP, the GFRW and in her district for many years.  She has also worked in MANY campaigns for our Republican elected officials including our current and first ever Republican Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Karen Handel, our first Republican Secretary of State.

She passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack Tuesday, June 19, 2007.

"Barb collapsed at THE CENTRE OF PERFORMING ARTS kitchen, as she put her finger food sandwiches on plates for our BIG RECEPTION table.  I had just hugged her not 10 minutes prior as she and I were talking as she arrived, and we were both so excited about the evening, that as it ended up was close to 400 guests attending.  We had all sent out invitations to friends, family, church members, etc.  Barbara herself handled maybe about 100-150 invites to all the dignitaries of Newnan and the County. We will never be able to replace the work she did for us and the Newnan Coweta Art Association, Inc.  We all will certainly miss her and still can't imagine we won't see her at meetings but someday will see her in Heaven.  God was with her to the end, as she was doing what she loved and among all her friends when he called her home." 

Eunice E Nichols, President
Newnan Coweta Art Association, Inc

As many of you know, she was a very talented artist, and two of her paintings were on display during the visitation Saturday at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan.

Barbara was a true patriot, and we shall miss her very much. Our prayers go out to her family in their time of grief.

Send your cards to her husband, W. G. (Bill) Scruggs, at 842 Mike Powers Road, Grantville, GA 30220-1640.

Bettye Chambers
Buford, GA

Two of Barbara's paintings were on display at the visitation at McKoon Funeral Home on June 23, 2007
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One of Barbara's Republican hats hangs over her paintings.

Barbara on the campaign trail in 2006 and at Republican
Women events








Barbara -
Patriotic American

1. Barbara at the Casey Cagle Kickoff in Dawsonville 4/29/06   2. Awesome Bill Elliott
with Barbara Scruggs at Dawsonville Cagle Rally    3. Barbara (in hat) working at
Sonny's West Georgia Rally August 26th, 2006 at Coweta County Fair Grounds    4. Barbara on right with Karen Handel (left end) at the GFRW May Board meeting 2005 at Chateau Elan 
5. Barbara (second from right end) with other GFRW District Directors 2006    6. Barbara (4th from right end in white suit) at the NFRW National Convention in Nashville October 2005
7. Barbara (in red) is among greeters at door of the Governor's Mansion at the GFRW Reception on February 3, 2006.   8. Barbara was a true American patriot who loved her country and her state as well as her family.

Left: Barbara created the Coweta County RWC logo years ago. Following is Barbara's last Coweta RW Newsletter April-May,
2007 (PDF).  She also set up her club web page on the
Coweta GOP web site years ago.  Click here


 Not ever gone logo|

Barbara was a caring angel among us!
Obituary from McKoon Funeral Home

Barbara Scruggs

3/1/1932  -  6/19/2007
Barbara L. Scruggs 1932-2007 Barbara Lee Gangawere Scruggs, age 75, of Grantville, Ga., passed away on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at Newnan Hospital.

She was born on in Connellsville, PA. to the late Clyde Ernest Gangawere, Sr. and Margaret Ellen Tate. She is survived by her husband, William Gordon Scruggs of Grantville, GA., daughter, Valerie Lynn Scruggs of Manhattan, NY, son, Derek J. Scruggs of Boulder; CO., son, Gregory V. Scruggs of Grantville, GA., grandson, Justin Scruggs of Grantville, GA., brother, Clyde Gangawere, Jr. of Jackson, MS & brother, Harry Gangawere of Greenville, TX

Mrs. Scruggs graduated from Greensburg High School in PA in 1950, after high school she attended St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated as a RN in 1954, served in the USAF Nurse Corps from 1957-1958. Later Mrs. Scruggs served in leadership positions in the Republican party and the Republican Women's Club, she held a seat on the school board for 12 years, she was president of an organization for the wives of Eastern Airlines pilots and the local Heart Association, she was active in the NCAA , has taken part in Childhood Literacy programs and had a great interest in Visual Arts.

Condolences may be sent to the family at  The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 23,2007 from  6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at McKoon Funeral Home. Rather than flowers the family requests contributions to the Christian City Home for Children, 7345 Red Oak Road, Union City, Ga. 30291 or the charity of ones choice.

Arrangements by McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, GA  --
770-253-4580 -------- Obituary Line:

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