Wilson Scarbrough

Obituary of Wilson Curtis Scarbrough

Wilson Curtis Scarbrough was passionate about his family, music, motorcycles, boating and flying. He had a great love of flying and earned his pilot's license in 1983. He flew as often as possible until he sold his airplane, a Piper Comanche 260-B, in 2018. He was an adventurer, a great friend, husband, father, brother, and son. He died March 21, 2020 surrounded by family in Las Vegas, Nevada after a long illness. He was 85 and will be greatly missed. Wilson lived in South Lake Tahoe, California and in Chatom, Alabama. He was born November 20, 1934 in Chatom to Theodore Scarbrough and Lillie Williams Scarbrough. He had two brother, JT Scarbrough and Norman Scarbrough, and two sisters, Lula McKinley and Alene Carpenter. He graduated from Washington County High School in 1953 and served in the United States Air Force. He enrolled at the University of Alabama in 1957 where he met Jo Ann Dunn at Malone's Bookstore. They both played in the University of Alabama marching band, the Million Dollar Band. Wilson and Jo Ann fell in love and married in 1959. Wilson and Jo Ann lived in Lakeland, Fla., Picayune, Miss., Clear Lake City, Texas and Sunnyvale, Calif. They had two sons, Wilson Curtis Scarbrough II and Carl Ernest Scarbrough. Wilson worked for General Electric, Ford Aerospace and Loral Space Systems before retiring in 1996. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and sons Curt and his wife Lorrie of Livermore, Calif., and Carl and his wife Joyce Scarbrough of Las Vegas, Nev., and five grandchildren, Samuel Wilson Scarbrough, Las Vegas, Nev., Wilson Curtis Scarbrough III, Sioux Falls, S.D., Jacqueline Ann Scarbrough, Edinburgh, Scotland; Lillian Claire Scarbrough, Reno, Nev., and Ethan James Scarbrough, Livermore, Calif. Due to the current pandemic, memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Prayers for Wilson are most welcome. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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