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Josephine Scarborough

NEW YORK -- The funeral for Josephine Virginia Scarborough will be held on July 10th, 2019, at Pineville United Methodist Church in Bowman, South Carolina, at noon, with the Rev. Wyatt Menton III officiating. Casket will be placed in church at 10 a.m.

Josephine Virginia Scarborough was born the second of six children to Bernice and Jacob Thomas in Bowman, South Carolina, on Nov. 2, 1933.

After matriculating from primary and high schools, Josephine attended Claflin College, later Claflin University, to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education. As much as Josephine loved her family and her home, after graduation she chose to move to New York to see what else life had in store for her.

When an opportunity arose, however, Josephine moved on to a job where she broke barriers as the first African American teller at a bank in Harlem, New York.

Her beauty and success caught the attention of subway conductor Harold Scarborough. They wed and together raised two children. She became a Senior Kindergarten Teacher at Brownsville Child Development Center. Josephine delighted in shaping young minds, feeding off their curiosity and settled there for over 35 years until retirement.

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Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, Bernice and Jacob Thomas, one brother, Joseph Thomas and one sister, Geneva Jones.

Survivors left to cherish precious memories include her sister, Juanita Mints, Bowman, South Carolina; two brothers, David Thomas (Evelyn), Elloree, South Carolina and Jacob Thomas Jr. (Blanche), Bowman, South Carolina; five children, Rodney Scarborough, Brooklyn, New York, Sabrina Scarborough, Union City, New Jersey, Brandon Scarborough, Malcolm Scarborough and Sarah Scarborough, all of Brooklyn, New York; two grandchildren, Isaac Scarborough and Aria Ceaser; former daughter-in-law, Lila Romero; life-long friends, Joyce Davis, Mabel Jones and Barbara Pratt; cousins, nieces, nephews, other loved ones and friends.

The family will receive friends at Owens Funeral Home of Branchville.

Friends may call at the residence of her sister, Juanita Mints of Bowman.

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