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Frederick Anderson Scott, Jr., 1919-1996

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"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. . ." (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

Such was the earthly life of Frederick Anderson Scott, Jr., "Scotty." Scotty was born June 20, 1919, in Petersburg, Virginia. He went on to receive his education at Campbell University and the University of Richmond. This led to his calling to serve in the Baptist ministry for 10 years.

After this period as a Baptist pastor, Scotty left the ministry and entered the secular work force. His delightful and personable way with people served him well in his work as a hotel manager. However, the call to ministry was ever present in his life, and in 1977 he re-entered the ministry as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church.

At the young age of 58, Scotty returned to school and completed the five-year Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He served the Essex-King and Queen Charge in the Rappahannock District for five years and Grace United Methodist Church in the Ashland District for five years.

In June of 1988, Scotty retired to his home in Middlesex County. Not one to be idle, he served as chaplain to the Middlesex Community Service Club, as well as other activities and work that kept him busy and in touch with people.

Fred Scott loved people! His love for people, which came from his passion for the gospel, touched my life the first time I met Scotty, which was on the telephone. We had been talking less than 15 minutes when I asked if he would return to the Essex-King and Queen Charge and help me serve the people that he already knew and had served so well. He immediately said "Yes!" and my spirit soared. Thus began almost four years of the most joyful ministry I have yet known.

Scotty and Len, his wife of 20 years, brought a true vitality and team work that blessed me, as well as the charge. Memories of Scotty are always dressed in rich laughter and genuine humanity. He had eyes that always sparkled, a smile that was mischievously impish, and a spirit that forever radiated the love of God in Christ Jesus.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and my friend, who "ran with endurance the race that was set before him, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith." Thanks be to God for the life and ministry of Frederick Anderson Scott, "Scotty."

— James J. Taylor



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