STEPHEN HENRY SCOTT
Stephen Henry Scott, 69, of St. Helena Island, South Carolina, a former Quincy, Illinois resident, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 9, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Stephen (Steve) was born November 13, 1942, in Belleville, Illinois to the late Joseph and Dorothea Graves Scott. He was a man of faith, great integrity, and honor. He was a loving husband, an adoring father, and a wonderful father-in-law.
In 1960, Steve graduated from Quincy High School in Quincy, Illinois. He then attended Central Methodist College before transferring to the University of Missouri, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964. After graduating, Steve taught mathematics for two years at Parkway Junior High School in Chesterfield, Missouri before being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in September of 1966. Steve was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a communications officer with the 1st Mobile Communications Group. Steve earned a Bronze Star, the Outstanding Unit Award, and the Presidential Unit Citation for his service in the war before being honorably discharged in 1971.
Steve began his civilian life as an auditor for the Interstate Commerce Commission in Chicago, Illinois while he earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. He was then transferred to Jacksonville, Florida, where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Jones. They were married on September 10, 1977. They had a son, Stephen (Scotty) Jones Scott in 1980. Following the birth of his son, Steve accepted a position with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1983, Steve and his business partner, Jeff Davis, had the opportunity to purchase the Murfreesboro Coca-Cola Bottling Works in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. There, Steve was an active member of the community; he was a member of the Rotary Club, the Stones River Country Club, and was president of the Lions Club. He was also a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Following his retirement in 1987, Steve and his family moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He enjoyed playing golf and cards with friends. He particularly enjoyed the unique ability to take an active role in raising his son. He delighted in the opportunity to help Scotty with school activities and spent countless hours fishing and playing golf together. In 1999, Steve and Beth moved to Quincy, Illinois to care for his mother until her death in 2004. After, they moved back to the Southeast, eventually settling in Harbor Island, South Carolina.
They maintain membership in the First Baptist Church of Charleston and attend regular service at Saint Helena Baptist Church.
Stephen is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth, and his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Kristen Scott.
His parents, Joseph and Dorthea Graves Scott, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home by Pastor Steve Disseler. Private interment will be in the New Salem Cemetery in Ashland, Missouri.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Steve to Chain-Free Beaufort or SPAY, Inc. of Beaufort.