Butterfield Statement on the Passing of John Clarence Scarborough, III

Nov 8, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield issued the following statement on the passing of John C. “Skeepie” Scarborough, III; President and CEO of Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home and personal friend of more than 50 years:  

“A native of Durham, North Carolina and fourth generation member of the Scarborough family to lead the fifth oldest African American funeral home in the United States; Durham has indeed suffered a great loss of a true pillar of the Durham community.

“Continuing a strong family legacy in the legendary Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home, John C. Scarborough III always stayed true to the funeral home motto ‘[a] Dignified Service in a Sympathetic Way.’ Skeepie and his beloved wife Queen took great pride in serving the African American community and providing an atmosphere of compassion and healing to those they served. In addition to his nearly 60 years of service in the family funeral home, Skeepie also continued his strong family legacy of breaking barriers and serving his community with dedication and compassion in many other ways.  

“As we mourn the loss of ‘Skeepie’ we can now return the favor as we honor and celebrate the life and legacy of this son of Durham. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. On behalf of the United States House of Representatives, we extend condolences to his beloved wife, Queen Marble Bass-Scarborough, and the entire Scarborough and Bass families.”