Joseph B. Scott Jr.

Published 9:37 am Friday, April 28, 2017

Joseph B.  Scott Jr., a Bovina-Vicksburg resident, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at his home following a brief illness.  He was 93.

Born in Vicksburg April 11, 1924. He attended the Catholic schools and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 serving in World War II on the USS Curtis in the South Pacific, where he was injured during a kamikaze attack near Okinawa.

After his service in the Navy, he served in the Mississippi National Guard. He served one year in the Korean War.  After Korea, he worked briefly with Sonny Puckett doing odd jobs before working over 35 years at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station (WES) Transportation Branch.

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He was married to Mamie Grace Brown Scott for over 66 years before her passing April 25, 2015.

Joe and Grace were active members of Bovina United Methodist Church since 1962. They met on a blind date and rode the city bus to work and on dates until Joe earned enough money to buy a car, and then they married.  He was president of the Vicksburg Riding Club and had participated in several rodeos and quarter horse events over the years.  They also helped organize the Warren County Posse for Paul Barrett and Martin Pace.  They operated the Scott Ranch, raising horses and cattle for over 60 years.

Grace always said that there was little spare time on the farm, but the horses were a binding family activity through the Scott’s family life and grandchildren. Horses were a big family activity in their lives.  He was talented at making saddles, belts and fixing everyone else’s leather problems.

He is survived by his sisters, Belle Larett (Curtis) of Baton Rouge, La., and Jo Ann Knight (Cecil) of Brandon, Fla.; one son, Timothy Ray Scott of Vicksburg; two granddaughters, Dawn Michelle Scott Sanderson (Andy) and Monica Elaine Scott Rickels; two grandsons, Caleb Langford and Nicholas Ray Scott; three great-grandchildren, Madeline Sanderson, Abigail Rickels and Brayden Rickels.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Burns Scott Sr. and Annie Elizabeth Lane Scott; his wife, Mamie Grace Brown Scott; his brother, John David Scott; sisters, Margie Wally and Jane Wiggins; and son, Joseph Randolph Scott.

Pallbearers will be Todd Sullivan, Curtis Lauret, Charles Lauret, Michael Lauret, Butch Landers, Caleb Langford and Wesley Jones.

Honorary pallbearers will be Cecil Knight, Jack Fowler, Dr. Walter Johnston Jr., Martin Pace and the Warren County Sheriff’s office personnel.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. John Evans officiating.

Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the hour of service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bovina United Methodist Church, 70 Bovina Drive, Vicksburg, MS. 39183.