Joe Scott funeral service held

An overflow crowd filled Tabernacle Baptist Church today as the congregation and the community bid a final farewell to Joe Scott, the Richmond County school board member who died in his sleep Saturday morning.

“I loved him so much, and we will truly miss grandpa,” his eldest granddaughter, Marlisa Scott, told the crowd. “I’m sure you will miss him, too.”

Mr. Scott’s three sons shared laughs and loving memories of their father and his stern upbringing, one they are thankful for.

They also spoke of their father’s legacy. The Rev. Marlon Scott Sr., said that many people fight but that his father fought the good fight, never forgetting where he was from and always fighting for the poor and underprivileged.

Richmond County school board members, commissioners and other elected officials were among those who attended today’s funeral.

Serving his second term on the board representing District 5, Mr. Scott was known for fighting for what he believed in, willing to go it alone if need be. In November he was re-elected to another four-year term by an overwhelming majority, winning more than 74 percent of the vote. In his first term on the school board, Mr. Scott served two years as vice president.

Mr. Scott joined the school board after retiring from the school system, where he worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Levi White and Jenkins elementary schools.

Mr. Scott is survived by his wife, Patsy, and three sons.

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