Sunday, August 23, 2009

My grandfather's obituary

On March 20, 1923 in Claiborne, Alabama, Andrew Johnson Scott was born to John Scott, Jr. and Marie Dean Scott. He was the third eldest of seven children. Not long after his birth, his father passed away. In an effort to help his mother take care of his brothers and sisters, he left home at the age of thirteen. He secured a job in Freemanville, Alabama and moved his family there. He was a provider.

Andrew was always on the go. He was a trailblazer. He lived in Pensacola, Florida for a few years but moved back to Alabama for a short period of time, enlisting in the army at the age of seventeen.

After retruning from the military, he exercised his faith when he went to California with his brother, John Scott, Jr. and a close friend, Edward King. The three of them had only $24 altogether. The Lord watched over them and with His blessings, they arrived in California in 1952. The day after their arrival, Andrew secured a position with Argan Bright and Son Construction Company. He provided dedicated service only missing one day of work during his forty-five years with the company.

Proving himself as a provider, he sent for the love of his life, Georgia Bell then in Alma, Alabama to join him in California. The two of them became one and were married in 1953. Havinig children from her first marriage, Joe Reed (Skip), Roselene Reed, Patricia Reed and Diane Reed. Andrew embraced and accepted them as his own. Later three additional children, Andreah Scott, Theresa Scott and Maurice Scott joined their union making it complete.

Upon the confession of his faith, Andrew was baptized and joined St. Luke Baptist Church in Long Beach, California under the leadership of Pastor Verdell Calhoun. He was later ordained as a deacon of the church.

Deacon Scott discovered Little Rock while working. He secured land and moved here in 1973. He immediately united with First Missionary Baptist Church, now Living Stone Cathedral of Worship, under the leadership of Pastor Henry W. Hearns. He worked tirelessly and faithfully as a memeber of the Deacon Board and as a church treasurer for thirty-five years. He has proven himself "faithful over a few things." The Lord called him home, honoring him even through death as he passed peacefully away in his sleep. "Come home, my good and faithful servant, I will make you ruler of many."

Preceeding him in death are his mother and father, his sisters, Hattie Stallworth and Lela Austin, his brother John Scott, Jr., his daughters; Andreah Scott Gill and Diane Oakley, his son; Joseph (Skip) Reed, Jr., and his beloved wife, Georgia Bell Scott. After her passing, he grieved and longed for the day when they could be with each other for eternity. The Lord saw fit for it to be so.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one sister and two brothers; Lucille (Early) Gandy of Palmdale, CA, JT aka Pete Scott of San Leandro, CA and Clifford (Emma) of Atmore, AL; one brother-in-law, Ira Hung of Alma, AL, Viola Powell of Los Angeles, CA, Shirely (Leon) Henry of Realto, CA and Beatrice Hunt of Chicago, IL. Three daughters, Roselene (Ed) Smith of Mobile, AL, Patricia (Freddie) Graham and Theresa (Donald) Scott Jackson both of Palmdale, CA and one son, Maurice (Mary Ann) Scott of Lancaster, CA. Thirty-four grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two godchildren Stephanie Isom of Canoga Park, CA and Rodney Woods of Little Rock, CA, along with a host of family and friends.

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