Horace Harvey Scott passed into the arms of the Lord on Friday, March 16th at Slate Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Poultney, Vermont to Harold A. and Blanche Jackson Scott on December 25, 1917. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday with close family.
After the family moved to Whitehall, NY, Horace began and graduated from school there. In 1937, he earned a degree in Funeral Services from the American Academy of Embalming in New York City and returned home to work with his father in the Scott Funeral Home and furniture business.
On December 25, 1938 he married Harriett Carpenter at her father's home in Granville, NY beginning their 73 years together.
Always a firm believer in the future of Whitehall, Horace was active in the community for most of his life. At various times he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the school board, Elks, Masons and led a boy scout troop. For many years he was a member of the First Baptist Church, and in later years, the First Methodist Church.
In 1967, Horace was elected mayor and served until 1971. During his tenure he promoted the repair of sewer lines in the village. He was implemental in the construction of a water tower on Skene Mountain to supply water to the plywood factory and additional water to the Whitehall Public Schools buildings.
Horace was elected to the office of Whitehall Town Supervisor in 1972 , eventually serving as Chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors from 1977 to 1979. He was instrumental in the construction of the new road from Fort Ann to Whitehall and, as a member of the Warren-Washington Industrial Development Agency, worked to bring industry to the area. In 1985, he was presented with the Liberty Bell Award by a local bar association honoring an outstanding citizen in a community.
From his boyhood when he skied out of the woods and down Saunders Street, built a cabin with friends off the South Bay Road, or when he just went exploring, the woods were his favorite place to be. In later years he became a tree farmer, planting a small forest of evergreens. When he bought a strip of property that went up and over West Mountain, he built a cabin at the top in the late 1970's. Although this was his special refuge, it was open to anyone to enjoy the peace and panoramic view. Here he often read the Bible as he did every day until the last.
Horace was predeceased by his wife, Harriett Carpenter Scott, his brother, Donald Scott, his daughter, Emily Scott O’Hare, his grandson, Scott Hunter and a great-grandson, Corbin Hunter. Survivors include his daughter: Donna Austin and husband Charles of Whitehall and his son , Horace R. Scott and his wife Deirdre of Weare, NH. Seven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren also survive. He became Papa to three generations who respect and love him. His integrity, courage and deep faith set examples for all of us.
Friends may call at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc. 46 Williams Street, Whitehall, NY on Tuesday, March 20,, 2018 from 4 to 7 PM. Services will be held at 11AM on Wednesday March 21, 2018 at the Jillson Funeral Home with the Rev. Kevin Gebo Pastor of the Truthville Baptist Church presiding..
Memorial donations may be made to the Truthville Baptist Church where he most recently attended services.
“..and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ...”