In Loving

Ralph B.

Scarbrough Jr.

December 20, 1950 – May 31, 2024

Ralph “Robin” Brison Scarbrough Jr., age 73, of Chesterfield, VA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on Friday, May 31, 2024.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick Scarbrough and Ralph Bryson Scarbrough Sr., and his brothers, Johnnie Scarbrough and Leonard Scarbrough.

Ralph is survived by his former spouse of 30 years, Deborah Scarbrough, with whom he had three children: son Ryan Scarbrough; daughters Shannon Stone (Adam) and Kelly Scarbrough; granddaughter Abigail Stone; step-grandchildren Jonathan Stone and Bridgette Stone; brothers Gary Scarbrough, Mark Scarbrough (Karen), and Roger Scarbrough; sister Carolyn Lusk; several nieces and nephews; and many extended family members, friends, and neighbors.

Born and raised in Oak Hill, West Virginia, Ralph, known to many as Robin, loved playing baseball and football in his neighborhood. He enjoyed exploring fields and getting into mischief. When it snowed, he and the other kids would slide down hills on shovels, trashcan lids, and even car hoods, playing for hours.

Ralph enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1969. He served with honor, courage, and commitment during the Vietnam conflict and received an honorable discharge in 1971 as a Corporal E-4 with the 62nd Military Police Company. His decorations include the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.

Despite the challenges he faced throughout his life, Ralph never lost his sense of humor, his infectious smile, or his ability to bring joy to those around him. He spent his retirement enjoying sports, including NASCAR and cheering for his favorite football team, the Washington Commanders. He also loved visiting flea markets and spending time with his kids and granddaughter.

Ralph never met a stranger and always went out of his way to speak to anyone. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his legacy of love will continue to live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Ralph and his family extend their heartfelt thanks to the Richmond Veteran Affairs Hospital, especially Nurse Matt Adams and Dr. Hope Kramer, for their care and compassion during his last days.

The family will receive visitors from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294. A Celebration of Life will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by phone at 1-800-805-5856 or online at

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