Claude C. Scarborough Jr., a retired educator, died on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at his home in Wyncote. He was 70.
Born May 1, 1947, in Philadelphia, he was the oldest son of the late Claude C. Scarborough Sr. and Alice “Jackie” Johnson Scarborough. He was raised in a loving family home in North Philadelphia.
As a youth he attended Emmanuel United Methodist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Claude A. Edmonds Sr. Scarborough was an active member of the church, serving as president of the Methodist Youth and Young Adult Fellowships as well as representing his church at many conferences and gatherings.
He also played the French and Baritone horns and participated in the Salvation Army Band with his younger brother.
He was an advocate for his siblings. They all admired their brother.
Scarborough was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia, graduating from Thomas Edison High School in 1965. He enlisted and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. After his honorable discharge, he took advantage of the G.I. Educational Bill and Model City grants to enroll in college. During this time, he worked in the insurance industry to support his family. He graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in education from Lincoln University.
While at Lincoln University, he pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He was greatly influenced by one of its founders, Bishop Edgar Love, who was a Methodist minister, later bishop. Scarborough remained an active member of the fraternity until his passing.
Scarborough began pursuing his dream of working with underprivileged adults in teaching basic education and literacy. Reading, social studies and Black history were his specialties. He taught and administered for many years at the Philadelphia branch of Job Corps.
He decided to matriculate in the graduate education program at Cheyney University. He received a master of education degree while working full time and taking care of his family. He began working at Community College of Philadelphia, working with students who needed remedial prerequisites before being placed in college level courses.
Scarborough had the patience, knowledge and commitment to work with such people. He was commended for the results that his students achieved not only academically but the level of confidence they demonstrated. He worked there until health issues prevented him from working. He eventually retired from there, but as his health allowed, Scarborough was always pursuing ways to help a person to improve skills. He began tutoring and mentoring young people who were experiencing academic difficulties and/or pursuing their GED. He was always the respectful, knowledgeable man who loved to give back to his community.
He was married to the late Ida Jamison of Oxford. They provided a supportive and loving environment for their three children until her illness resulted in her early demise. Years later, he married Rhonda Fleming Scarborough of Philadelphia on Oct. 7, 1989, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Germantown. They raised three children together in a nurturing and loving Christian home.
After their marriage, Scarborough became very active at St. Luke’s. He was a member of the choir for more than 20 years, the Arts Guild and served on the School Board of the church’s St. Barnabas School
In later years, he received an invitation to join the choir at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown. He soon began using his baritone voice in the choir and worshiped at Mount Zion. He rarely missed a Sunday or rehearsal until his health began to fail.
Scarborough was an avid sports fan, especially of the Eagles. He and Rhonda enjoyed traveling, watching TV, going to the movies and being with family and friends. He was a voracious reader and conversationalist, always in pursuit of improving himself and his skills from his humble beginnings in North Philadelphia; therefore, he became a lifelong learner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Eleanor Mitchell and brother, Leonard Mitchell.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his sons, Khary “Shi’ar” Fleming of Wyncote and Matthew Scarborough; daughters, Rachel C. Scarborough of Philadelphia and Angela Scarborough Dixon (Eric) of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandsons, Jonah ”Jon” Monmarquette of Knoxville, Tenn., Micah Monmarquette of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and Amari Broughton-Fleming of Harrisburg; siblings, John Scarborough (Catherine “Kitty”) and Gwendolyn Scarborough Hopkins (Charles), all of Philadelphia; brothers, Timothy Scarborough (Kelly) of Atlanta, Sydney Scarborough (Renee), David Scarborough (Ilde) and Wesley Foster (Delores) all of Montgomery County; sister: Paulette F. Maddrey; godson, Michael D. Gilmore Jr.; special friends, Michael D. Gilmore and Dr. Jane Murray Gilmore; other relatives; and friends.
Services will be held March 15 at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, 41 W. Rittenhouse St. Viewing is at 8 a.m. The Omega Psi Phi memorial service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown.
Christopher Kent Funeral Home handled the arrangements.