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John Edward (Butch) Scruggs

April 18, 1949 ~ August 17, 2020 (age 71)


John Edward (Butch) Scruggs, 71, of Covington died August 17,  2020. Butch was born on April 18, 1949, son of the late Hulen and Bessie Scruggs.

Butch began his work as an addiction counselor in 1996 and was ordained as a Baptist minister that same year. He and his wife, Joan, founded and have operated Damascus Road Recovery in Covington, GA for 18 years. Damascus Road is Butch’s legacy. He mentored and led men from prison, homelessness, and addiction to a life of recovery. There are hundreds of alumni of Damascus Road that Butch showed how to live life sober and be great men, husbands, fathers, and sons - returning them to their families. Thousands of lives have been touched by Butch’s work at Damascus Road by teaching one man the way, that man taught another, and that man taught another and so on and so forth

Butch is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Scruggs; son, Shannon Scruggs, and wife, Dana, of Senoia, GA; daughter, Sharmi Rivera and husband, Dan, of Atlanta, GA; granddaughters, Haley Lee and her husband, Weston, Taylor Scruggs, Alyson Scruggs, Peyton Lawrence, and Ava Ehrman; grandsons, Chandler Lawrence, Jay Rivera, Luke Rivera, and Jaden Ehrman; and one great-granddaughter, Dallas Sage Lee; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret Parker and her husband, Jack; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and best friend, his dog, Squirt.

A Private Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 11:00 AM from the Solid Rock Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Franklin, and Pastor Chris Connor officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for the continued work Butch started at Damascus Road Recovery, PO Box 1555, Covington, GA 30015, or online at

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Memorial Service
September 5, 2020

11:00 AM
Private Memorial Service (Solid Rock Baptist Church, Covington)

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