COL Thomas W. Scrogin

March 20, 2024

Colonel Thomas Warren Scrogin, USA, Retired, age 81, of Williamsburg, Va. passed away on March 20, 2024. He was the husband of Brenda Madge Scrogin.

Tom was born on November 8, 1942, and spent his early years on a farm where he learned the value of hard work, thrift, and friendship. He enlisted in the Army at age 17 and later earned a bachelor’s degree at Lincoln University, a master’s degree at The University of Alabama, and a master’s degree at the United States Naval War College.

He truly loved his military service and his country. During his military career, Tom received many honors including the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oakleaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters among others, and induction into the Transportation Corps Hall of Fame. Upon retirement, Tom was an avid cabinetmaker and continued his keen interest in history.

His sense of humor and quick wit will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Scrogin; father, Merle Lee Scrogin; and two brothers, Charles Scrogin, and Merle Lee Scrogin.

Besides his wife, tom is survived by one brother, William Scrogin (wife, Maemma) of Centralia, MO, and several nieces and nephews.

Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the USO, uso.org or The Disabled American Veterans, dav.org.


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  • March 25, 2024
    James Lynch says:
    Tom and I started first grade together in a small, relatively prosperous, farming community in Northern Missouri, in 1948. When we graduated twelve years later, Tom followed his path into the Army and I went into biomedical research and teaching but we shared a love for sports cars and woodworking and history, and an especially deep love for our country and the people in it. We spent many hours reminiscing about those golden years of our youth, just like old guys are supposed to do - Tom had a wonderful memory - but we also had lively discussions about contemporary issues and the latest books we were reading. I will dearly miss our weekly email conversations, and his frequent contributions of truly funny "Internet humor." He was a good friend and a lasting inspiration. Jim Lynch, Ph.D. Brandon, Mississippi

  • March 24, 2024
    Barbara Farmer says:
    On July 2, 1977 my sister Brenda and Tom were married. It was a beautiful, warm and sunny summer day. They were married at the Congregational Church in Madison, Connecticut. Brenda looked so pretty in her wedding gown andTom looked handsome in his dress uniform. This July they would have been married 47 years. Tom loved to say “Brenda and I are like 2 peas in a pod”. That they were. Tom will be missed by so many. He had a most distinguished army career and loved history . My family will miss him dearly. May he Rest In Peace . Love to Brenda. She has been there with Tom throughout his many journeys. Love and blessings to all as we navigate his passing.

  • March 21, 2024
    COL(R) Steve Koons, Lebanon, TN says:
    RIP Tom. You will definitely be missed old friend along with that wicked sense of humor. You have fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). Prayers for Brenda. God Bless. See you on the high ground.