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John Scott Gantt of Cross City, Florida, passed away at his home Tuesday, May 31, 2011 after a long illness. He was 73.

Scott was drafted into the Army as a private on November 2, 1960, and retired as a Major on December 31, 1980. One of his assignments in Vietnam included assisting a Montagnard village in becoming self-sufficient. This escapade was made into a movie by Walt Disney titled "Operation Dumbo Drop."

Scott's service to this community included running a private electronics business, working as Dixie County Emergency Services Coordinator, as Dixie County Property Appraiser's mapper and as the Town of Cross City's City Manager. His work for our county was not limited to the jobs he was paid for; he was a tireless volunteer and faithful servant who was always available.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Julia; his brothers, Fred and Benny and his sister, Carolyn Walker. He is survived by his wife, Joy Ward Gantt, his children, Kim (Bobby) Mann, Michael (Sherry) Gantt, and Candi (Paul) Gainey; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; and his sister, Virginia Edgar Chaffin.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 3:00 PM at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Richardson and Rev. Lester Whitehead officiating. Interment will follow at Cross City Cemetery, Cross City, Florida.

Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352-498-5400.

Published in Gainesville Sun from June 4 to June 5, 2011
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