Mother Mattie Lee Scales was born February 19, 1927, in Lexington, Mississippi to the union of the late Sylvester and Desserre Pennington.
She was granted eternal rest Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, TN. She was educated in the Lexington School System and is a 1946 graduate of Sils High School.
Mother Scales attended the St. Paul Church of God in Christ in Lexington and after relocating to Oak Ridge, she united with the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastorate of the late Rev. C. C. Fuller.
On many occasions, she confessed her hope in the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. She remained faithful to her church, serving as a Church Mother and the Senior Usher Board. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Johnny A. Scales. After over 40 years, Mother Scales retired from the Oak Ridge Schools as a Supervisor in the Cafeteria Department at Jefferson Middle School. For her service, she was recently recognized as an integral part of the 1955 desegregation of the Oak Ridge Schools. In her spare time, she enjoyed shopping, cooking, gardening, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by sister, Catherine Walker and her first husband, Robert Redmond Sr.
Mother Scales leaves to cherish her memories, sons, Robert (Ruby) Redmond Jr, Goodman, MS and Anthony Scales, Oak Ridge; daughter, Jackie (Osmond) Robinson, Knoxville; grandchildren, Marvin (Denise Capshaw) Redmond, Ramona Robinson-Thomas, Tabitha Nicole Stiff, Christopher Mabry, and Osmond Robinson II; four great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; nephews, Sonny Walker and Tim Walker; niece, Catherine Allen; special friend, Frances Randle; God-gifted son, Byron Hawkins and God-gifted daughters, Laquitta Carpenter and Alfreeda Rupert; her church family and a host of friends.
Funeral services, Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 195 Wilberforce Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Family will receive friends, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.; homegoing celebration, 1:00 p.m. Elder Henry Watson Eulogist, Elder J. B. Maddox, Officiating.