Marjorie J. “Marge” Scallan • July 2, 2022

Marjorie Johnson Scallan was born in Newton Mississippi on June 6, 1928, not far from the Doolittle family farm named after the family patriarch, her great grandfather Roger Williams Doolittle. Roger donated the land where the Newton city courthouse is located today and requested they name the town after his youngest son, Newton, Marjorie’s grandfather. The town of Newton is still there today 30 miles west of Meridian. Marge, as she was known, was born to one of Newton’s children, Ruth Doolittle Johnson and John Gamalia Johnson. John was a meat cutter and cattle salesman.
In its hay day the Doolittle family farm was a 600-acre thriving farm and a whistle stop along the Alabama-Vicksburg railroad. In the years after the war, Doolittle suffered the loss of the men folk who had fought in the war. Marge’s mother Ruth, made the decision to put the farm in the hands of their trusted black workers who would take care of it. They moved to Washington D.C. to live with Marge’s sister, Mary Ruth Johnson in Suitland Manor. Ruth accepted a job working at the Census Bureau with the understanding that she would be able to take time off to travel back to Newton to weigh the cotton at harvest time. Marge graduated from high school while there.
Marjorie met her husband Walter Jules Scallan (deceased) in Washington and spent the next 22 years as the wife of a navy photographer. Marge and her children traveled with him all over the US including a tour of duty in Hawaii. Also, they spent a three-year tour of duty in New Zealand. There, her three sons, Bill, Sam, and Tim went to school and learned to eat mutton pie and fish and chips. Those years were full of adventure and the Scallan family toured the country in a camper, panning for gold in the snow fed rivers of New Zealand.
Marge was a devoted wife and mother who raised her three boys including two years when Walter made tours around the world on an aircraft carrier. While living in Jacksonville in the early 1960’s they lived on a small farm in a rural area on Blanding Blvd. There Marge watched over her boys while Walter was overseas. She protected them from coral snakes, field mice and anything else that might harm her three boys. She milked a cow each morning and her boys had fresh milk.
While in Jacksonville they met a young Irish priest, Father Leo Danaher and helped him start a catholic church. Her sons learned to be altar boys and Marge converted to Catholicism.
After Jacksonville, the family moved to Pensacola. As a third-class seaman, Walter did not make a lot of money. They were determined to have their children attend catholic school and so Marge took a job as a waitress at Martine’s restaurant in Pensacola.
Upon their divorce, Marge never remarried and spent the rest of her life raising and caring for her children and grandchildren which she loved dearly. She took a job as a salesclerk and stock clerk for the Navy Exchange where she retired from.
She loved roses, and her yard was the prettiest one in Navy Point always full of roses.
Marge loved southern cooking and she put up tomatoes each year. Her family always had a great meal waiting whenever they visited.
Mom spent the last two years of her life at the Life Care Center of Pensacola on Olive Road. The nurses and CNA’s were very good to her. She died peacefully on Saturday July 2, 2022 with family by her side.
Marge is preceded in death by her father, John Gamalia Johnson, her mother Ruth Doolittle Johnson, brother George Johnson, Sister Mary Ruth Murphey and her oldest son Walter (Bill) J. Scallan. She leaves behind two sons, Sam (Rita) and Tim (Cindy) and her daughter-in-law Sue, Bill’s loving wife. She also leaves behind eight (8) grandchildren, Brittany (Chris) Swain, Jennifer (Mathew) Malone, Shannon Scallan, Chris (Lauren) Scallan, Allison Lund, Matt (Jessica) Scallan, David (Samantha) Scallan and Daniel Scallan and 21 great grandchildren, Gabriel, Michael, Catherine, Sophie, Emily, Nicholas, Jonathan, Brooke, Kelsey, Kinzie, Tristan, Sage, Logan, Evan, Owen, Haley, Gabriel, Ava, Gage, Louis and Julius.
And finally, Marge leaves behind her faithful companion “Conan”.
Honorary Pallbearers: Chris Swain, Mathew Malone, Chris Scallan, Daniel Scallan, David Scallan, Jonathan Miller
The family will receive friends at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from 1pm till the service begins at 2pm. Father John Lacari will officiate.

  1. Jennifer Shotlander says:

    I love her story. Marje sounds like a truly remarkable woman and I see that carried on in her grandchildren!

  2. Mike and Nell DeCoursey says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandmother. I never met her but knew her son, Bill very well. They are having a reunion celebration in heaven. Prayers going up for the family. She is home now.

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