Scott, Leon C.


Leon Scott loved to see things grow; he always loved to garden, and grow flowers. When God called him to the ministry in 1951 he continued this interest, but it centered around people and the church. There were ministers in his background, and he grew up loving the church. He was married in 1947 to the former Barbara McKeiver of Wisner, and they had one son, Larry, who was just past two when they went to Oxford, Mississippi for Leon to enter the University of Mississippi. While there a daughter, Cynthia, was born, and Leon served the Chalybeate Springs and the Hickory Flats Circuits. Graduation time and the birth of their third child, Carol, came close together, as well as a move to Nashville where Leon entered Vanderbilt University. While a student, he also served as associate of East End Methodist Church. He graduated in 1956 and was appointed to Grace, a new church in Greenville, Mississippi, to finish organizing and building. Appointments served in Louisiana included Bethel, Chatham, Benton, Farmerville, Grace in Ruston, and Leesville, where he had just begun his second year when death came. Bishop J. Kenneth Shamblin and Rev. Byrl Moreland conducted the service in the Leesville UMC. There was present a large number of ministers and friends from other churches the Scotts had served, because they recognized the work, faith and friendship of Leon Scott. I am convinced there never was any minister who worked any harder or more sincerely than did Leon in carrying out his pastoral responsibilities. The words of one of our hymns are: “For all the saints who from their labors rest, who Thee by faith before the world confessed.” Leon confessed his faith before the world, and was in turn faithful to the task that he accepted as a minister of Jesus Christ. Leon Scott loved his family; he loved the church; he loved people; he was my friend.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1979, p. 181 By Edwin H. House, Jr.

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