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Originally published: 2014-04-28 10:41:08
Last modified: 2014-04-28 10:41:53

Alton 'Al' Kerr Scarborough

Mr. Alton Kerr Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., peacefully passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Boone, N.C., after several years of declining health.
He was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., on May 4, 1926, to parents Frank Bradford and Connie Hancock Scarborough. He was raised in Winston-Salem, where he graduated from Reynolds High School. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Navy during WWII, and served stateside in New London, Conn. Afterwards, he majored in chemistry while attending Shepherd's College (University) in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He also earned credits while studying at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
In May of 1954, he married Roberta Cooke. They established a home in Asheville, N.C.,  for several years before moving and settling in Charlotte, N.C., for most of the duration of his life. He and "Robbie" celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville in May of 2004.
He was known as "Al" by the many friends he established throughout his life. He spent his professional career in the printing and graphics industry. He first worked for Gray and Creech Office Systems in Charlotte. Later, he and his son owned and managed a printing company, known as Printing Plus, for nearly 20 years. After retirement, he and Robbie enjoyed trips to beaches and mountains, and traveling with Christian Tours. He enjoyed watching many sports, but especially loved the Atlanta Braves baseball team.
 Al was an active member at Commonwealth Baptist Church, and then Shamrock Drive Baptist Church (currently Grace Crossing). Throughout the years, he taught several Sunday school classes and assisted with many volunteer opportunities. Family and friends will remember him by his generous, kind spirit, and his delightful sense of humor.
He is survived by two children, Jann Scarborough Graham of Brevard, and by Joel Bradford Scarborough, and wife, Barbara of Blowing Rock. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jacob Bradford Scarborough of Blowing Rock and Emily Anne Scarborough, of Boone. Four step-grandchildren who survive him are Wike Graham (Kimberly) of Hendersonville, Kyle Graham (Tracey) of Baton Rouge, La., Robyn Painter (Danny) of Hendersonville, and Elayne Bishop (Aaron) of Boone. Survivors include eight step-great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by the Julian and Cornelia Berry family members who have been longtime close friends with the Scarborough family, along with Rita Whitlock and sister-in-law, Kay Cooke.
Al was preceded in death by parents Frank and Connie Scarborough; sister, Carolyn Scarborough Oikkonen; brother, Melvin Bradford Scarborough; and son-in-law, Robert Wike Graham; as well as three nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Boone. With dignity, they provided Al with friendships as well as personal care.  He spoke often of his "buddy Ray" (therapist, Ray Moltz) who kept him up on sports schedules and shared laughs and conversations with him.
A graveside interment service for both Al and Robbie will be held at 2 p.m. on May 4 at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park is assisting the Scarborough family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the organization of choice or to the Global Children's Outreach, c/o Grace Crossing, PO Box 44248, Charlotte, NC 28215.
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