Rev. Ralph Howard Scott, age 93, of Carrollton, GA passed away Saturday February 11, 2017 at Tanner Medical Center.
Funeral services for Rev. Scott will be conducted Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts Funeral Home with the Revs. Larry Johnson and Neil Awbrey officiating. Interment will follow in Roopville City Cemetery.
The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Monday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
Rev. Scott was born January 19, 1924 in Riderwood, Alabama to the late Roshier Hugh Scott and Mattie Era Strange Scott.
He served his country with distinction in the US Army during World War II and the Korean War. He fought in the infantry, and was a communications officer. He was awarded three battle stars for involvement in major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.
He also earned the good conduct medal, a bronze star, and a purple heart. His war experience had a profound effect on him, and he told many stories about his time in service. He once told how he had to string communications wire from the front lines while encountering enemy fire. He also spent several days in a foxhole under heavy enemy fire.
The Lord was certainly with him, as the wet ground around his foxhole prevented heavy damage from constant mortar fire.
After his term in service, he went back to school and earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College. He felt the call to preach and began preaching at churches in Mississippi, including Bolton Baptist Church, Oak Grove Baptist Church (Smithdale, Miss.), Pioneer Baptist Church (Woodville, Miss), and Van Cleave Baptist Church.
While serving as pastor of Bude Baptist Church, a house in the community burned down. Rev. Scott noticed that the community did not have adequate fire protection. He took it upon himself to organize a volunteer fire department in the area, and trained to become a firefighter himself.
He also was instrumental in building a new sanctuary for the church. It was Rev. Scott’s idea to build the sanctuary for future growth, and the church continues to use it to this day.
Rev. Scott decided to further his education, and finished his masters degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While in the New Orleans area, he served as pastor at Harahan Baptist Church.
After finishing his studies, he was led to accept the pastorate at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church in Georgia in 1976. He has lived in the West Georgia area ever since. He later pastored at New Hope Baptist Church in Franklin.
After leaving New Hope he continued to preach as a substitute or interim pastor, and served in a layman’s capacity at several churches in West Georgia. Most recently he had joined Trinity Baptist Church in Carrollton.
He loved driving trucks, and he owned his own for several years, driving for several local freight companies. He also served as a substitute teacher in the Carroll County School System.
His greatest passion was gardening. He loved to plant vegetables every year. Some of his grandchildren can remember following him behind the tractor as he tilled the potato garden. This love of gardening led him to take a job in the garden shop at Walmart in Carrollton. He soon became a favorite at the store. The children called him “Mr. Greenjeans” because he always wore his overalls and a green visor, reminding them of the iconic character from “Captain Kangaroo.”
As a war hero, pastor, firefighter, truck driver, substitute teacher, gardener and – most importantly – husband, father and grandfather, he touched countless lives, and will long be remembered for his compassion, work ethic, and love for others.
Survivors include his loving wife, Edner M. Scott of Carrollton; three daughters, Carolyn Scott (Frank M. Boozer) of Carrollton, Gloria Murray (Glynn) of Mississippi, and Opal Walston (Ricky) of Roopville; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Moore (W. A.) of Locust Grove; two brothers, Milton Scott of Illinois and Bob Scott (Betty) of Florida; sisters-in-law, Barbara Scott and Dean Scott; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Edner Alvina Scott; a son, Richard Hugh Scott; two sisters, Portress Garner and Dorothy Little; and two brothers, Jack Scott and Jim Scott.