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Harold Grant Scoggins Jr.

Harold Grant Scoggins Jr.

Harold Grant Scoggins, Jr. died peacefully at home on February 2, 2021 at the age of 98. Grant was a musician, an educator, a businessman, and a golfer. But he was, most of all, a loving, joyful, Christian man with hundreds of friends and students and even mere acquaintances who, once touched by him, always remembered and admired him. Lake Jackson was his adopted home, and he was honored to be named the Grand Marshall of the parade commemorating Lake Jackson’s 75th anniversary in 2018.

Grant was born March 16, 1922 in Stamford, Texas, the son of Rev. Harold Grant Scoggins, Sr. and Estha Hole Scoggins.

Grant is survived by his wife of 38 years, Olive Lucille, and his son, Harold Grant Scoggins III (Hal) and wife Kaaren of Houston. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Angela Gail White and his great-granddaughter, Casey Gail, both of Canton, Texas. In addition to his immediate family, Grant is also survived by his extended family of stepchildren and their families: Lynn Parsons and husband Jim of Dallas, granddaughter Emily and her husband Eric, and great-grandchildren Joey, Maddie, and Danny; Judi Roberts and husband Jimmy of New Braunfels, Texas, and granddaughter Kelli and her husband Jason; and Daryl Studebaker and wife Deborah of Los Angeles, California, and grandchildren Henry and Emma. He was predeceased by both his parents and grandson, Aaron Grant Scoggins, and by his first wife Margaret Scoggins.

Grant’s childhood and school years were spent in many communities in western Texas and eastern New Mexico where his father served as a Methodist pastor. Upon graduation from high school in Dalhart, Texas in 1940, he matriculated at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

His college career was interrupted by voluntary service in the U.S. Army Air Corp in World War II where he served as a pilot on B-24 bombers in the Pacific theater. He was involved in combat flying over the Philippines, China coast and Japan before the hostilities were ended.

He was discharged from the Air Corp as a Captain and returned to Southwestern University where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in music.

In 1947 he moved to Lake Jackson, Texas where at the age of 25 he started the Lake Jackson Junior High School band even before there was a junior high school building. He taught his first classes in the Sunday School rooms at the First Baptist Church. In 1950, when Brazosport High School was built, he was appointed the BHS band director. He remained there until he ended his school career in 1956. Even with his many later successes in business, the thing for which he was most proud was the fact that he was the composer of three songs for Brazosport schools: “On, Lake Jackson!” was written in 1947 and is still the school song today, and “The Brazosport High School Alma Mater” was written in 1950. In 1969, when Brazoswood High School was slated to open, a competition was held for a new school song. Grant entered and won the contest, adding the “Brazoswood High School Alma Mater” to his accomplishments.

In 1956, Grant entered the field of finance, beginning as an insurance agent for a new company founded by Lloyd Bentsen, Jr. His career in financial services included 17 years as a successful general agent in Lake Jackson before accepting a position in the Houston home office of Lincoln Liberty Insurance, where he ultimately became the training director for the entire company. When the company was sold in 1979, Grant reentered the private practice of insurance and as a Registered Representative in the securities field. His securities business took him to Houston and Austin, Texas where he lived for a number of years before moving back to make Lake Jackson his permanent home in 1988. During his working career, Grant attained a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma and also designations as both a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant from the American Colleges.

In 1978, he met the love of his life, Olive, while playing the piano and singing in a piano bar in Houston. They married on Valentines Day in 1982 and have shared a life full of love and music and family for the last 38 years. Their long love affair has been an inspiration to many couples: even as they aged, the spark was still present and their love and affection for each other was evident.

In retirement, he continued to be an avid golfer and was a charter member of the Riverside Country Club, which he was saddened to see close a number of years ago. He cherished the Waterford sculpture he received in honor of his hole-in-one there.

During the last two years, Grant was cared for lovingly by IPH Hospice Care, and the family wishes to thank especially his hospice care nurse, Allison Berg. She cared for Grant like her own grandfather. We also wish to thank Grant’s many additional caregivers, including Dona, Crystal, Tracy, Mark, and Margot.

While he was a life-long Methodist, in recent years, Grant and Olive joined the Lake Jackson Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where they broadened their friendship circles, adding many close friends. A service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 6, at Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lake Jackson. The family will be available for greetings at 1 pm and after the service. Masks and social distancing will be observed.

 

 

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