William Edwin Scott

Friday, March 20, 2015

William Edwin Scott, 94, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in NHC Columbia.

Mr. Scott was born and raised in Petersburg, the son of the late James Cecil and Georgia Lee Fowler Scott. He was proud of his education and experiences at Petersburg's Morgan School and he loved working on his farm on Fishing Ford Road.

His ancestors were among the first Virginians to settle Petersburg -- Andrew Scott marched down Fishing Ford Road with Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett and Sam Houston to fight at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend during the War of 1812.

Another forbearer, Revolutionary War soldier Peter Luna Jr. was a signer of the Cumberland Compact, a precursor of the Tennessee State Constitution. He is buried in the Luna Cemetery on Fishing Ford Road.

Mr. Scott's grandfather, Samuel Scott, was a prosperous farmer, large landowner and president of Petersburg's First National Bank.

Mr. Scott served his country during World War II as a Sergeant Technician in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, based in Trinidad. His job, among other duties, was to keep communication lines open so that President Franklin D. Roosevelt could communicate with his generals fighting German Field Marshall Rommel, the Desert Fox, in North Africa.

After returning from war, he worked for the local office of AT&T until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a member in good standing of American Legion Post 39 for many years, and a past Commander.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn White Scott, and brothers, James Fowler and Lucien Scott.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted by Mr. Scott's nephew Jack White and will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in the chapel of London Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Haynes Cemetery with military honors.

The family will be at London Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. Friday for visitation and on Saturday until the funeral hour.

They wish to acknowledge and thank his devoted friends and neighbors who cared for Mr. Scott in his declining years, particularly the Jim Fullerton and Derek Taylor families, as well as Don Kania.

London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.