Luther Arlin Scott

Luther Arlin Scott was born July 22, 1897 and resided in Terrell County Georgia, several miles outside of Dawson, the majority of his seventy-one years here on planet earth.  He served in World War I where unfortunately, he contracted tuberculosis; a disease which plagued his lungs and made breathing quite difficult in his senior years.  As a result, a chronic respiratory condition known as emphysema developed and was exacerbated when near retirement age; he was beaten by armed robbers and left for dead, on the concrete floor of his country store.

Luther was my paternal grandfather, married to Ruby Teel Scott; they were the parents of two sons, Luther Forrest Scott (father of Brenda and David) and William Calvin Scott (father of Terry and Ben). His siblings were Theopholis Velver Scott, who retired from the Navy, and Mattie Jewel Scott Brown, an educator.

At the country crossroad, what we loving refer to as the home place, Scott Store Road to Parrott becomes Beulah Church Road when it crosses Warner Road; their farmhouse still occupies that intersection and what is left of Scott's Store is directly across the road.  A few yards up the road toward the Johnson Place is an almost miniature building which was used a voting precinct and Granddaddy Scott was the warden of that district.  He was the Justice of the Peace of the community and dutifully monitored the building during voting sessions.

Behind Scott's Store and over the creek is the current location of Beulah Primitive Baptist Church, which occupies land that was deeded by the Daniel family, his mother's parents.  Luther's dad, Benjamin Franklin Scott's burial site is located in the church cemetery.

Granddaddy Scott usually wore a hat; his thinning, completely white hair caused his head to sunburn easily, so he had an assortment of chapeaux; a summer straw variety and a few darker felt models for winter, some dressy and other ones designated for various chores and outings.

When he tended his crops on his 8N Ford tractor he wore a style that we remember as his safari helmet.  And, stored in his personal trunk was a fez that he only wore on designated occasions at the Lodge.  Hanging on the hall-tree was a formal black fedora that was designated for funerals.

His daily clothing was considered plain; he wore khaki pants always with a leather belt, and starched and ironed plaid shirts that had pockets.  He never wore a wrist watch; he carried a Hamilton pocket watch that was attached to a gold chain that was embellished with a handsome Masonic emblem.  Nanny made sure that his khaki pants and dress trousers were the style that included a watch pocket because he checked the time frequently, and was never late for any occasion.

We are proud to be descendants of hard-working, simple country folks; those who told the truth, loved the Lord, worked diligently, and cherished family and friends.  God bless America and those great inhabitants who continue to encourage and inspire.


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