Joe Scranton, Jr. was born on August 22, 1926, in Sealy, Texas. He was the first-born son of Joe Sr. and Eleanor (Brown) Scranton. He grew up in the Sealy neighborhood. Joe attended Austin County Colored School in Sealy.
Joe was a devoted, loving father, husband, grandfather and great grandfather. Family, friends and neighbors knew him as a hard worker and giving soul. He embodied the definition of a good man, a man of God. He was a wonderful husband and father who loved and took pride in caring for his family, home and his neighborhood.
On January 14, 1942, Joe enlisted and served four years in the United States Army where he served in New Guinea, Northern Solomons and the South Philippines Islands. He received the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Joe married the love of his life Norris Mae Anderson on July 20, 1947, in Sealy, Texas. To their loving union three children were added: Larry Wayne, Gerald (deceased) and Octavia. Joe was baptized into Christ on February 3, 1963, at Anderson St. Church of Christ. He continued his faithfulness to the work of the Church in a leadership capacity. He had a great love for benevolence and was highly respected for his commitment, selfless spirit and love of God. Joe spearheaded Gospel meetings, training platforms for young ministers, setting up benevolence work as well as the maintenance and care of the church.
Not only did Joe serve the Lord’s Church but he also served the community by his outstanding service as Councilman for the City of Sealy. The honorable Joe Scranton served on the City Council for 31 years, from 1975 to 2006 and 23 of those years he served as mayor pro-tem. In 1999, the Wal-Mart Foundation selected him as a recipient of the Home Town Leadership Award. He received letters of congratulations from Gov. George W. Bush, Congressman Ron Paul, Texas House of Representatives Charles B. Jones, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and United States Senator Phil Gramm.
Joe implemented programs that would better the East Side and the whole town. He along with his fellow council members authorized the administration to apply for grants to repair and enlarge water mains, resulting in Sealy being awarded a grant. He voted to construct a new water plant, saw to an expanded sewer plant being built and virtually every city street was improved. Joe backed the project of a 27-acre City Park and assisted in securing more police protection through hiring grants. Because of his position in the East Side Civic Association, Sealy citizens from all walks of life could work and play together in harmony. Joe also worked tirelessly on the Appraisal District Board. He served the board from 1997 through 2011.
In the spring of 2002, in recognition of his leadership and commitment to the citizens of Sealy, the city council dedicated the Joe Scranton Jr. Park in his honor.
Joe was also a railroad man. He worked as supervisor for the Santa Fe Railroad with 30 years of service. While working there, Joe served as Secretary-Treasurer of his lodge from 1979 to 1999.
In recognition of this service the brotherhood presented him with a service pin and lifetime membership.
Joe departed this life on April 27, 2018. He is preceded in death by his wife: Norris Mae Anderson Scranton; his parents: Joe Scranton Sr. and Eleanor Brown Scranton; his son: Gerald Scranton; his brothers: Otis Scranton Sr., Harold W. Scranton and O. D. Scranton; his sisters: Gauvena Jackson, Dorothy Wilson, Angerline Hart and Josie Daniels and his grandson: Lauren Wendell Scranton.
He leaves to cherish his memory his son: Larry Wayne Scranton (Judith) of Katy, TX; his daughter: Octavia Cooper (Cecil) of Katy, Texas; his sisters: Ester Wyshaw of San Antonio, TX; Clarena Rome of San Antonio, Texas and Eleanor Owens of San Antonio, Texas.
He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family of Joe Scranton Jr. would like to thank you for all the kind expressions of love and sympathy that has been shown to us during our time of loss. Your generosity and compassion will never be forgotten.