OBITUARY

Gladys Scott

November 5, 1923March 31, 2018
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Funeral services for Gladys Marie (Babe) Suitor Scott, 94, of Corinth are set for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at McPeters Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Nail and Rev. Trey Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday night from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at McPeters Funeral Home. Mrs. Scott died Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Magnolia Regional Hospital. Born on November 5, 1923, she was the youngest of seven children of J.M. (Bud) Suitor and Lelia Katie McElhannon Suitor. Upon graduation from Alcorn Agricultural High School (AAHS) as valedictorian, her college education was delayed when the principal of AAHS asked her to fill the vacancy of a math teacher who was conscripted into the service during World War II. This teaching experience led her to pursue a degree and career in education. She graduated from Mississippi State University summa cum laude (with highest honor), receiving her Bachelor of Science in 1947. She held a lifetime Mississippi teaching certificate in both secondary and elementary education. She dedicated her professional life to educating generations of Alcorn County youth, starting each school day with a Bible story. She was known as a gifted and dedicated educator, who challenged her students to reach their full potential. She was recognized upon retirement by the Superintendent of Education for forty years of excellent service in secondary and elementary education. Mrs. Scott was also chosen as the outstanding teacher of the year several times. She is listed in both the first and second editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She was a member of the National Retired Teachers Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, and United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a member and former officer in the Mississippi Retired Teachers Association, Alcorn County 4-H Association, the Auxiliary of the Gideon’s International, and the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers. She was a lifelong member of Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Later in life she regularly attended Kossuth United Methodist Church. When she became physically unable to attend, her Kossuth church family faithfully visited and provided spiritual support and guidance. On September 16, 1948 she married Robert (Bob) Albert Scott III, whom she met while attending Mississippi State University. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-seven years; a son Benjamin (Bud) Andrew Scott and a grandson, Christopher (Chris) Kirby Kelly. Survivors include two sons, Robert Albert Scott IV and his wife, Dr. Susan Dalton Scott, John Curry Scott and his wife, Connie Crabb Scott and a daughter-in-law, June Lancaster Scott, all of Corinth; two daughters, Dr. Lelia Frances Scott Kelly and her husband Jerry Kelly of Corinth, Dr. Mae Elizabeth Scott Wright and her husband, Dr. Ben Wright II of Water Valley; 13 grandchildren, Jenny Scott Settlemires, Cindy Scott Palmer, Bud Scott II, Johnny Frank Scott, James Kelly, Philip Kelly, Johnathan Scott, Andy Wright, James Wright, Ben Wright, Robert Scott V, Russell Scott and Ryan Scott; 8 great-grandchildren, Katie Lynn Settlemires, Brayden Settlemires, Jacob Wright, Addison Scott, Payton Scott, Evelyn Scott, Noah Scott and Sonja Scott. Pallbearers will be members of the Corinth Gideon Camp. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideon International for memorial Bibles in her name.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, April 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gladys Scott

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Ron and Connie Adams

April 4, 2018

Mrs. Scott was a very sweet and kind lady whom we loved very much. She taught all four of children and they learned from her to love reading and what it took to reach whatever goal they wanted. Our children loved her and to this day have always asked about her. We are very sad for your lose. We will miss her and so will anyone who knew her.

Faye Newcomb

April 3, 2018

She was a very sweet lady. She graduated with my dad, Robert Melvin. I met her at the class reunions, with my dad. Prayers for peace and comfort.

Cathy Martin Robertson

April 3, 2018

Memories of a great teacher at Gift School and a great woman are what I think of when I remember Mrs. Scott. I also remember my mother speaking so fondly of her & sharing school memories. She was so great to check on Mom in the year before Mom died. I also spent some good times at her house with Lelia and drinking chocolate malted milk, which I had never had! My sympathy is with all of you. We will all miss her.

Bobby Scott

April 3, 2018

I remember Mama from the early going in South Texas. My earliest memories are populated with Mama, Daddy and Bud in our house across from the cotton field in the orange grove in San Juan. Since that time, lots of things have happened in God’s Divine Providence that have grown me in His Grace, not the least of which has been the influence of those three.
My mama began teaching me when I was very young. As was common in the early 1950’s the wife stayed home with the children, and the husband worked all day. So, I became a “Mama’s Boy.” She was the one who explained to me on the cusp of a risky operation of unknown outcome on my jugular vein at age four, “Bobby, you will go to sleep and when you wake up, you will see Mama and Daddy, or you will see Jesus.” Her faith was strong, and I have heard her say when recounting that miracle that she felt at peace with the understanding that God would spare me.
Her faith in me was unwavering, even though I have pushed the limits of her patience too often. Johnny has recounted how Mama did not spare the rod when we needed correction. I am ashamed to admit that, the last time she made me get a “switch” from the cherry tree, I was 15 years old. I probably needed a few good “switchings” up into my thirties, but that’s about the time I became Susan’s problem.
Mama was a model that I still strive to emulate. Now that I find myself to be an orphan and the oldest remaining of the children, the weight feels heavy. I know that Mama has endured through similar circumstances as the last of her generation. She has strived to pass on those ideals instilled in her from parents and from older brothers and sisters to those within her reach, whether it was in a classroom, Bible study group, or around the dinner table. Her faith sustained her, and I have become stronger by her example.
I love you, Mama.
Bobby

Keith Adams

April 3, 2018

Mrs. Scott was the first person outside of my family who demanded that I push myself beyond my comfort zone to be better/more. For a third grader, that was like running into a buzz saw in the beginning ;-) But because her motivation was always from a place of love and caring, it worked. I learned life lessons that year that will remain with me all of my life. Mrs. Scott was also the person who hooked me on literature. Her reading to us on a daily basis introduced me to that wonderful world of escaping into a book. I loved and appreciated Mrs. Scott very much. She lives on through every person she touched.

John Scott

April 3, 2018

Mama always pushed us in school and to stay in school and get a good education. I remember one Sunday evening we were watching the Walt Disney Show and Mama asked me,"Do you have your homework?" I said no Mam, and she shamed me in not getting it done Friday afternoon. That way I would not have worried about it all weekend. I told her, "but, I ain't worried about it". The thrashing commenced and continued until I was worried about it. She taught me in the third grade and like Lisa said she was strict but kind. She told me she was going to be extra hard on me so it would not appear as she was favoring her son. I think she whipped me every day.
Thank you Mama for all those whippings. We all know people who would have benefited from a good thrashing. We'll see you before long.

Lelia Kelly

April 3, 2018

My mama was a lifelong inspiration to me and a testament to a life led in service to her Heavenly Father, her family and her community of friends, neighbors and students. She was a good mama, who instilled in her children a strong work ethic and a love of learning.
Mama worked hard but she always had time to play too. I remember one snowy winter day when mama was returning from the chicken yard, Daddy stealthily lobbed a snowball at her. She threw her water bucket down and quickly hit Daddy with a barrage of snowballs that sent him running. You just didn’t mess with mama when she got stirred up about something!
With five children, mama frequently played host to all our friends, particularly at meal time. At one of these meals, mama, after trying to scrap together enough food to feed a bunch of my brothers’ friends, finally set a big pot of food on the table and spoke these words, “You children eat it all now, because the dogs won’t eat it!” She had a wonderful sense of humor.
She expected her children to “mind”, respect our elders, always say yes ma’am and no ma’am, study hard and give God the glory for all things. Each night at our house, we were all to gather around mama’s chair for our Bible story.
On the day my mama passed away, I was standing in my son’s yard just down the road from mama and daddy’s house, when I heard the cry of an eagle. I looked up and it was a pair of bald eagles flying low and headed straight toward mama and daddy’s house. This sight brought to my mind, Isaiah 40:31. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Those eagles, to me, represented the spirits of my precious mama and daddy united once again and soaring high in the heavens together watching over their family. I will miss her sweet smile, her presence and her guidance all the rest of my days. I love you, mama.
Lelia

Mike Martin

April 3, 2018

Mrs. Babe and my Mom, Nonie Sue Martin, were classmates, neighbors and good friends. I went to school with Bob and Bud.
The one thing I'll always remember about Mrs. Babe was how concerned she was when my my Mom got sick and passed away. She called and checked on her just about every day Mom was sick. We still have her messages on our recorder. They were so sweet! I called her several months ago to check on her but she couldn't hear me. I talked to her grandson, I think?
Mrs. Babe was a very special lady! She will truely be missed!!!
Mike Martin(down 72 West 2-3 miles)

Kay Modlin

April 3, 2018

Everytime I went there to clean, Mrs. Scott told such wonderful stories about her life. Always a smile & a prayer for us. She loved her books. She once told me that knowledge was our greatest power. Such a precious angel to be around. I love you Mrs. Scott! Rest in Peace. You will be greatly missed

Carolyn McAlpine

April 2, 2018

I truly feel blessed for being able to know Mrs. Scott. She truly was an inspiration to me. I saw and listened to her quote the 23rd Psalms thru her pain as severe as it was, never once did I hear her question why. On the nights I stayed with her she shared the love for her Saviour and her family. Each night would end with a prayer together. I know she was ready to go to her heavenly home that was prepared just for her.