Posted on : Thursday March 22, 2018

By Sharon Mager

ASHTON, Md.—Gary Lewis Scarborough, pastor of Ashton Baptist Church, died on March 10, 2018, at home with his family, following a three-year battle with cancer.

He was born in 1952 to the late Robert D. Scarborough and the late Evelyn C. Scarborough and was the devoted husband of Theresa “Terry” (nee Garcia) Scarborough. The couple was married for almost 31 years.

He graduated from Woodlawn High School and continued his education, eventually earning a master’s degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Freedom Bible College.

Gary served as senior pastor of Ashton Baptist Church for 17 years and worked for Innovative Medical Specialties with his brother. He was a successful professional musician, best known as the front man, singing writing music and playing guitar for the Baltimore band, “Trigger Happy,” popular in the 70’s and 80’s.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also liked spending time on the water and at the beach.

Lauren Bauer and Hannah Scarborough agreed their dad “…had a huge heart for missions, locally, nationally, and internationally.” They said their father always had their family involved in mission work, going to homeless shelters, visiting nursing homes, and singing Christmas carols to shut-ins. The sisters also said Gary taught them to pray about everything.

Gary Glanville, former pastor of NorthWest Baptist Church, and Jim Edmonson, pastor of Elders Baptist Church, where the funeral was held, spoke at the funeral. Glanville preached an evangelistic message and said the “sinner’s prayer,” asking those who sincerely prayed with him to raise their hands. Glanville later told the family over 30 people responded.

In addition to his wife, Theresa, Gary Scarborough is survived by his daughters Lauren and husband Larry G. Bauer Jr. of Stevensville, Md.; daughter, Hannah L. Scarborough of Stevensville, Md.; brother, Robert D. Scarborough Jr. and wife Ana of Eldersburg, Md., and nephew and niece, Michael D. Scarborough and wife Sharon, Rachel A. Ladson and husband Brian, along with their children; Matthew, Evan, Grace, and Daniel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ashton Baptist Church 17826 New Hampshire Ave. Ashton, MD 20861 or Elders Baptist Church, 1216 Liberty Rd Sykesville, MD 21784. Online condolences may be submitted at