Stanley Scarborough, 57, a berry industry veteran, died April 29 after a battle with cancer at Appling HealthCare System in Baxley, GA.
Mr. Scarborough was a dedicated leader in the fruit and vegetable industry. He began in the berry industry in 1988, working with Donnie Morris at Baxley Sunbelt. Prior to joining SunnyRidge, he was partner and manager of Appling Farms in Baxley, GA, his hometown. In 2001, he joined SunnyRidge Farm and continued to run the Baxley farm, which was renamed Blueberry Farms of Georgia. In 2004, Mr. Scarborough was appointed operations manager at SunnyRidge Farm, where he played an integral role in the growth of the Southeast blueberry program for the company. He was also a pioneer of the Georgia and North Carolina blackberry program for SunnyRidge Farm.
Mr. Scarborough was very involved in many industry organizations. He served on the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association board of directors and was most recently elected to serve a two-year term as the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association president. Prior to his election as president, he was a longtime member of the GFVGA, serving three years as a board director, two years as second vice president and two years as first vice president.
Mr. Scarborough was born June 23, 1951 in Appling County, GA, and was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Baxley.
Mr. Scarborough is survived by his wife, Patricia Courson Scarborough of Winter Haven, FL; five daughters and sons-in-law, Cheri and Ron Medders of Nevils, GA; April and John Glenn of Union, SC; Brandi and Clint Giles of Brunswick, GA; Carlyn and Rodney Hardwick and Nanci and Daniel Rentz, all of Baxley; two sons, Jason Scarborough and friend Paula of Lyons, GA, and Monroe Crosby and friend Samantha of Baxley; mother, Louise Youmans Scarborough; father, J.C. Scarborough; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Wilma Scarborough and Danny and Julie Scarborough, all of Baxley; six grandchildren; and 15 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held May 2 at Asbury United Methodist Church with interment following in the church cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church Lord's Acre Fund, 584 Cattle Gap Lane, Baxley, GA 31513 or to the Appling HealthCare System, 163 W. Tollison St., Baxley, GA 31513.
Additionally, the Mixon family has established a memorial fund in honor of Mr. Scarborough to continue his great passion and dedication to the industry. The funds will be used for the continued betterment of the berry industry. SunnyRidge Farm Inc. will be matching every dollar received one to one. Donations can be made to the Stanley Scarborough Memorial Fund, Box 3036, Winter Haven, FL 33885.