FOREST CLAYTON SCOTT Obituary

  • FOREST CLAYTON SCOTT
    In Loving Memory of

    FOREST CLAYTON SCOTT

    Birth Date: Sep 21st, 1924 Death Date: Jul 27th, 2014
    Forest Clayton Scott was born to Forest S. and Maudie Scott on September 21, 1924 in Cedar Bluff, TX. He went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 27, 2014. He was raised on a farm in Cottonwood, Texas and attended Cross Plains High School. While at Cross Plains, Forest, an accomplished track athlete, won second in the UIL State Track Meet in the 440 yard run his senior year (quite an accomplishment since this was before athletes were divided into divisions). Upon graduation, Forest attended Rice University on a track scholarship before entering the army and serving in Europe with the 42nd Rainbow Division during World War II. He married Vida McCann on June 22, 1946; they were married for sixty-eight years. Forest resumed his education at McMurry College after the war and competed on their track team. He graduated from McMurry in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was later inducted into the McMurry Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding accomplishments on the track. Following graduation from McMurry, Forest taught for one week at Colorado City before being called back to the Army to serve in the Korean War with the First Calvary.

    After the Korean War, Forest and Vida moved to Andrews in 1951 and lived there for sixty-one years. Over a thirty-one year career with Andrews Independent School District, Forest worked as a teacher, coach, high school assistant principal and middle school principal. As a coach, he and Charlie Russell had a forty-six game winning streak with their ninth grade football teams. Forest was one of the initial organizers of the Texas Middle School Association and served two terms on the Association's Board of Directors. From 1978-1982, he was a board member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He served on multiple committees, chaired committees, published articles and presented programs for local, state and national school principal associations. In addition to assisting others in their education, Forest continued his education and earned his Masters of Education from Sul Ross University in 1956.

    Forest and Vida were members of Andrews First Baptist Church, where he was the Adult 4 Sunday School Class Superintendent for twenty-one years. He was in the Andrews Downtown Lions Club, serving in several positions including president. Forest helped establish the first Boy's Club in Andrews and served as a president in that organization. In 1986, Forest was elected to represent The Permian Basin in the Texas' first Silver Haired Legislature. He stayed active in athletics by working as a starter at many high school track meets. He was the starter for Canyon Reef Relays in Snyder for twenty years.

    Forest was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Elvis Scott. He is survived by his wife: Vida; a sister: Lilly Bell Calhoon; three sons: Stanley and wife Judy of Lubbock, Larry and wife Susan of Snyder, Carl and wife Renee of Eula; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

    Pallbearers will be Michael Scott, Layne Scott, Jay Scott, Lee Scott, Garrett Scott, and Kyle Thomas. Visitation will be at McNett Funeral Home Tuesday, July 29th from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm. Service will be 10:00 Wednesday, July 30th at Andrews First Baptist Church with Pastor Floyd Haddock officiating. Burial will follow at Andrews County Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home.

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