As the first child of the late Roy E. and Jewel Hilderbrand Scroggs, Rachel was born, raised, and lived her entire life in Kennesaw. A life-long member of Kennesaw United Methodist Church, she served during her contributory years as chair of the worship committee, church wedding coordinator, chancel choir member, and VBS teacher. Hers was a rich and faith-based heritage, stemming from her great-grandmother who was a charter member of the church. She was a constant example that God is good “all the time”. Quiet and reserved, mostly private, hard worker and humble to a fault, hers was a true servant’s heart. Fiercely protective of her family and loved ones, she inherited her grandmother’s spirit of always doing what is right and making it clear that no one was to ever “mess with my family”. Nana Rach was always the final word. She will always be remembered as the ultimate potato salad maker, banana pudding maker, pound cake baker and apple sauce muffin baker. Until her poor health in recent years precluded it, family enjoyed every Sunday lunch at Nana’s and Granddad’s. She was all about family, she loved spoiling us and her positive example of righteousness is a lifelong gift. “I lay down and slept; I awoke in safety for the Lord was watching over me.” Psalm 3:5.
Loved by many, Lamar was a hero, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Lamar will be remembered as a gregarious, accepting and genuine person who loved his family deeply. He delighted in sharing our family stories. Serving proudly and honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II, he received several awards recognizing him for his service, including an American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Shelton was a long time member of Kennesaw United Methodist Church and was very involved in the church in his younger years, serving on the Board of Trustees. His career was spent with the railroad where he served as a yardmaster with the L and N and CXS railroads. For many years he supervised and directed every single train which arrived in Atlanta. He was lauded by peers for excellently managing the entire railroad operation in Atlanta. Lamar loved the outdoors and could often be found bird hunting and gardening. He loved his horses throughout the years and had the distinction of being the sole resident of Kennesaw allowed to still have horses on his property, much to the pleasure of the neighborhood children. He never met a stranger and could entertain everyone for hours with his story telling. Laughter was a huge part of his being. He was content to allow the “spotlight” to rest upon Ms. Rachel until her death in 2015; however, for the years after her death he claimed that spotlight and was a true joy to all. Simply stated, Lamar was a good, honorable man who will be remembered by his family as being fiercely loyal and protective, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Lamar leaves behind him a legacy of love, of life-long friendships and many cherished memories.