MOUNT VERNON — Chester Scarbrough, 97, of Mount Vernon and formerly of Fredericktown, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at First Community Village in Columbus.
He was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Knox County to the late Oren and M. Mildred (Stump) Scarbrough. Chet graduated from Fredericktown High School and was an excellent student, but did not attend college because of the Depression. An avid reader, he became self-educated far beyond the college level and always had interesting insights to share with friends and family about geography, religion, politics, economics and especially agriculture. He was raised on a farm six miles from Fredericktown with his twin brothers, Carroll and Clarence, and the three of them remained close their entire lifetimes. Chet later purchased that farm from his father and farmed until 1960 when he purchased the Wayne Cash Feed Store in Mount Vernon, selling feed, fertilizer and farm chemicals to area farmers.
He was the oldest member of the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church, where he had been a member for 97 years, taught Sunday School for 50 years and served as an elder for a decade. Chet loved the church and its parishioners, many of whom were his close friends. He had been a member of Wayne Grange for over 80 years, where he met the love of his life, Margaret (Denman) Scarbrough. Chet was heavily involved in civic activities in Knox County, served as co-chairman of the Knox County Democratic Party in the 1980s, was an early member of Habitat for Humanity, and was involved with Interchurch Social Services.
Chet was a frequent donor to the American Red Cross Blood Bank, receiving many honors for his “Gifts of Life.” He was a 4-H kid and continued to support 4-H throughout his lifetime by participating in the livestock sale at the Knox County Fair. Chet enjoyed reading, wintering in Florida, playing bridge, and his many travels with Carroll and Anna Scarbrough. He had many friendships in Ohio and Florida and enjoyed his close friendship with Gerald and Jane Duston. Of all the joys in his life, his family provided him with his proudest moments and he most especially cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his three sons, Philip (Karen) Scarbrough of Cincinnati, Dr. Stephen (Kristen Smith) Scarbrough of Columbus and Dr. Timothy (Jody) Scarbrough of Upper Arlington; six grandchildren, Christine Key, Mike Scarbrough, Brian Scarbrough, Jennifer Scarbrough, Will Scarbrough and Kelslan Scarbrough; five great-grandchildren, Casey Key, Preston Key, James Scarbrough, Jahari Martin and Wesley Chester Scarbrough; and his brother, Carroll (Anna) Scarbrough of Findlay.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Margaret Scarbrough, in 2008; and his brother, Clarence Scarbrough.
Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 E. College St., Fredericktown. A funeral service will be held Saturday at noon at the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church. Pastor Michael W. Smith will be officiating. A private graveside service will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church, 17 S. Main St., Fredericktown, OH 43019.
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