April 26, 2019
Kansas City, KS
Charlene Murray Scroggins was born as Charlene Murray on August 31st, 1931, in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was the first child born to the holy union of Mr. Oliver D. Murray and Mrs. Cleo D. (Johnson) Murray. Charlene spent her formative years in the Shreveport/Haughton/Bossier City area and attended primary school there while sometimes living with her maternal grandparents along with her brother, Oliver D. Murray, Jr.. The family moved to New Orleans for a brief period and then moved to Kansas City, Kansas sometime preceding 1944 where Charlene attended and graduated from Northeast Jr. High School in 1947. She continued her formative years growing up on 10th and Everett along with her seven brothers and sisters. One sibling (LeElec) passed away during his early infancy. This left a sibling group of eight which, over the years, was affectionately referred to as the "great eight". Charlene, as the first born, was followed by Oliver Murray, Jr., Clyde E. Murray (deceased), Joyce Murray Cheatham (deceased), LaVert A. Murray (Linda), Cynthia V. Murray Lattimore, Tomi J. Murray Browning (Wayman) and Arthur K. Murray. Charlene attended Northeast Jr. and Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kansas. She was a proud member of the Sumner High School class of 50 (1950). Following high school Charlene married Mr. Hosea Davis. To this holy union one daughter was born, Eleanor V. Davis, who's now married name is Eleanor V. Walker. Charlene's marriage was dissolved amicably and after her divorce Charlene started her pursuits in higher education. She received her Associates of Arts (AA) degree from the Kansas City Kansas Community College and later attended KU. Charlene later married Mr. Raymond Young and to this holy union one son was born, Raymond Young II. Her family moved to Toledo, Ohio and when the marriage ended in an amicable divorce Charlene moved her family back to Kansas City, Kansas. After starting a career in real estate Charlene went through a tragic and unfortunate event which resulted in the death of her son, Raymond Young, II, leaving her with one child to raise. Later Charlene married Mr. Troy Scroggins and this marriage ended in an amicable divorce. Charlene was a nurturing and devoted grandparent and dedicated much of her time and attention to caring for and helping with her granddaughter, Elana Alexis Walker. Charlene's real estate career pursuits led her to the Hughes Real Estate Company where she became a real estate agent working for Robert Hughes, Sr. and his father, Lee Hughes. Under their guidance Charlene became the first black female in Kansas City, Kansas to successfully own and operate her own real estate company; the Charlene Young Real Estate company. Her competency and proficiency in real estate was recognized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and she was offered a position of real estate specialist in the Kansas City Branch of the Army Corps of Engineers. After accepting the position she closed her business. Charlene received several promotions and commendations during her tenure with the Army Corps which resulted in her achieving the position of Chief, Land Management Section, Real Estate Division, Kansas City District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. She retired from the Army Corps of Engineers in 1997, having served from 1972 until December, 1997. In 1992 she was awarded the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army. Charlene found Christ at an early age and served as church secretary for Olivet Institutional Baptist Church for many years. However, she found her church home in the First Baptist Church of Quindaro where she remained a faithful and dedicated member until her homegoing. She took on numerous roles at First Baptist of Quindaro, but she thoroughly enjoyed and felt truly blessed to be a member of the church choir. Charlene was a woman of the Lord and loved God and Family and steadfastly embraced Psalm 31:3. During the evening hours of Resurrection Day - Easter, April 21st, Charlene passed away peacefully in her sleep and went on to join the Lord Jesus as he rose. She had been resting in the Brookdale Shawnee Alzheimer's/Dementia care facility. Charlene was an elegant and classy dresser. She donated much of her time as a hard working volunteer member of the KU Hospital Auxiliary. She was a life member of the NAACP and was a member of the Freedom Fund Banquet Committee of the KCK Branch NAACP. Charlene found peace in her most favorite past time which was caring for her yard and cultivating her plants and flowers. Under her care her yard was the best looking yard in Brentwood. She was preceded in death by her son and her parents and one sister and two brothers. She leaves to mourn her passing but to forever cherish her memory her daughter, Eleanor V. Walker of the City; her granddaughters, Melieka Anaqwae and Elana Alexis Walker Becker(Aaron) of Houston Texas; her great grandsons Logan, Luke, Lincoln and Lewis Becker (the Boys) Houston Texas; two sisters Cynthia V. Murray Lattimore and Tomi J. Murray Browning (Wayman)of Kansas City, Kansas; and three brothers, Oliver D. Murray, Jr., Riverside California, LaVert A. Murray (Linda) and Arthur K. Murray, Kansas City, Kansas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Charlene Murray Scroggins, please visit our .