Bobby Ray Scarboro

Sunrise: October 30, 1952

Sunset: May 30, 2021
Our beloved Bobby Ray Scarboro, entered in to rest on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the age of 68. Bobby was born on Thursday, October 30, 1952 in Mt. Gilead North Carolina to Reverend John and Zelma Scarborough.
At a very early age, Bobby accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior under Mt. Zion AME Zion Church.
Bobby was educated in Mt. Gilead Public Schools and went on to serve in the United States Navy. He attended Norfolk State University. After college, he began his career working for the United States Government in 1978. In 2007, he retired from the United States Navy Reserve. January 3, 2020, he retired from his career with the government as Pier 8 Operations Director.
Bobby loved his family, friends and community. Everyone that knows Bobby, knows he lived by the mantra “Blessed by the Best.”
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend John R. and Zelma Scaraborough; his beloved wife of 43 years, Essie M. Scarboro; son, Dana E. Scarboro; four sisters, Joanne Scarborough, Harriet Scarborough, LTC Earldine Cisco and Charlotte Green.
Those left to cherish and continue Bobby’s legacy are: children, Sanquinetta Lacey (James) and Bobette Debrough; grand- children, Janiah Manley, Isreal Perkins and Gabriel Debrough of Charles City, Virginia and Johnny K. Scarborough (Varena) of Salisbury, NC; one sister, Geraldine (Charles) Adkins.
Viewing Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Wake Service Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Friday, June 11, 2021 10:30am New Creations United Methodist Church 4320 Bruce Road Chesapeake, VA 23321 Interment Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance.

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    Olga SUMMERVILLE says

    Heaven has truly gained another Angel. A wonderful co-worker, (NSC/FISC); family friend, and a genuine person. You will be missed as you travel the bridge from “earth to glory”. Until we meet thee face to face, rest well, our brother. Our peaceful prayers are for Candi, Bobett and family.
    Olga &Jimmy SUMMERVILLE & Family 🕊

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      Betty Jarvis says

      Sorry for your loss sending prayers and condolences to family.

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    Joyce Williams says

    Sending heart felt condolences. May God be with the family.

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    In this time of sadness may you see God in the faces of friends, hear Him in their voices, feel Him in touch of their hands.


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    Paul Lilly and Lilly Family says

    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Peace and Blessings,

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    Pamela Blanco says

    Our Heartfelt condolences to the Scarboro family. May the peace of our Heavenly Father comfort and strengthen you during this time. RIP my friend and co-worker.
    Larry and Pam Blanco

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    Mattie Wells says

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and comfort knowing that your love one is resting peacefully in the arms of our Lord and Savior. “Blessed by the best.”

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    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. ” Thinking of you in this time of loss and asking God to tenderly care for your needs. With heartfelt sympathy. We send love and condolences to the Scarboro (Scarborough) Family and we share in your grief. Bobby was a happy person and would have you laughing and would lift your spirits with his saying “I’m Blessed By The Best”. We had T-shirts made with that on it and everytime I wear it, We will think of him. He, Essie and Dana are together again! Love, The Harris Family of Mt. Gilead, NC. Beverly, Maudestine, Lavern Leroy, Lela, Kimberly, Gerald, Linda and Hubert, Sr.

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    Rhonda Douglass says

    RIP My Friend from the 70’s back in your Navy Days ..Lakeland Apts..God have prepared a place for You. .RIP Bobby Ray..

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    Joshua says

    May Bobby join God in heaven forevermore, and may the Lord’s love surround your family.

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    Hamidullah Calvin Shabazz says

    One of most ginuwine people I have ever met.I pray that God bless Him and his wife to enter Paradise.May the peace blessing and Mercy be on Bobbette,Candice and all of the Scarborough family.

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    Mike and Amanda Lepson says

    We miss Bobby. His smile, his encouragement, his love for others. Bobby made the neighborhood a community. “Blessed by the Best”

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    Eric Hardison says

    Eric Hardison May God be with you Thank you Jess

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    Sherlene White says

    Bro. Scarboro was a very down-to-earth, funny, humble, and kind person who truly loved the Lord. His special greet “Blessed by the Best” will always be remembered, and his fond memories of him reminding you that he grew the best collard greens in Virginia, Lol. He will sadly be missed. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family, and I pray that God will continue to extend his love and comfort to each of you.
    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

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      Larry Hoskins says

      To the Scarborough family from his West Virginia family (Larry) words cannot express at times such as this but as you all know he is now truly Blessed by The Best as his labor was not in vain and touched many lives. Surely to be missed but finding comfort in our Lord and savior

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    Marcellious Walker, Sr says

    “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matt:5:4). Sending our heartfelt condolences in the loss of your love.

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    Deborah Elliott says

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May God grant you peace and comfort knowing that your loved one is resting peacefully in the arms of our Lord and Savior. I always miss the greeting and smile from him that he would she to me…
    “Hey, little girl, and his favorite saying, Blessed by the Best.”

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    Claudia Gifford says

    Scarboro Family,
    In my short time knowing Bro. Scarboro, i knew that he was “Blessed by the Best!” May God hold you in his arms and give you peace during this very difficult time. My daughter Aaniyah and I send our love!

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    Barbara Robinson says

    Dear Family,
    I had the privilege of working with Bobby for almost 20 years at NOB. We worked in partnership to ensure ships were mission ready at all times. Never was there a time when I or my LSC team mates called or visited pier 8 that Bobby didn’t ensure that he and his team worked with us. I also had the privilege of worshipping with him and Chaplain Essie at Faith Deliverance Christian Center. He was a faithful Deacon, Coworker and friend and it didn’t matter whether I saw him at work or church, when we said hello and how are you, he would always reply, “Blessed by the Best!” I now envision him walking in heaven and holding hands with his beloved Essie. My prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

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    Priscilla Simmons says

    On behalf of the extended Scarborough family and connecting cousin’s in the State of North Carolina the very small town of Mt.gilead. We are sorry we are unable to attend but we send our love and condolence to our extended family there.
    We will always remember “Bobby ray” with a smile and laughter and a joke here and there. He so enjoyed himself at the last Scarborough reunion. He never let you forget where he started from. Most of all his Motto “Blessed by the best”
    We love you cousin Bobby Ray rest on in paradise.

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    George & Pamela Easter says

    Our heartfelt condolences to the family during this difficult time. May the peace of God comfort you as only He can.
    George & Pamela Easter

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    Cheryl King Evans says

    I was blessed to work with Bobby “Blessed by the Best” Scarboro at NSC and DLA. He always knew how to put a smile on your face. Always pleasant and he often talked with love about his family. Rest in peace Bobby. I’m praying for peace and comfort to the family.

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    Mary E. Bunn says

    To the family: May God keep you in his Grace and Comfort. The Lord has welcomed home a true faith warrior. Mr. Scarboro will be remembered for his positive demeanor and his kindness. I will miss his smile and hearing him proclaim, “Blessed by the Best”! Rest in Peace!

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    Keith Harrison says

    I have not seen Bobby Ray since we graduated from West Montgomery. But when I saw that smile in the picture I also smiled – it hadn’t changed a bit, the same smile he always had & like he had in the huddle when he would say “they never throw me the ball”. (Bobby Ray was our Right End) Rest in peace, my old teammate.

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