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
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
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
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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