Billy J. Scott, 74, of rural Sweet Springs, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs. Rev. Charles Ahlemann will officiate. Pianist Julie Lewis will accompany Janet Scott as she sings "How Great Thou Art" and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Pallbearers will be Melvin Eugene "Red" Trelow, Bill Collins, Wayne Jansen, Russell A. Scott, Morris Stober and Lyndal Gerlt. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Smith, Larry Gregory, Pete Owens and Tom Hall. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Marshall with military rites at graveside. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs or the Montel Williams Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Born July 24, 1929, in Blue Lick, he was the son of the late Wilbur T. Scott Sr. and Fannie Lorene Donnell Scott. On July 23, 1954, he married Gladys Earlene Thomas, who survives of the home. He returned to rural Sweet Springs in 1987, moving from Sedalia. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs, American Legion Post 279 in Sweet Springs and the Sedalia Masonic Lodge. He worked for the Missouri State Highway Department as a maintenance area supervisor, retiring Sept. 1, 1987. He retired to work on the family farm in the Sweet Springs area. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Diana Petrie of Stover and Glenda Hopper of Sedalia; one brother, Wilbur Scott Jr. of Sweet Springs; two granddaughters; one nephew; one great-niece; and one great-nephew.