Maj. Norvel Scott Sr.

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Maj. Norvel "Scotty" M. Scott Sr., a Vietnam veteran and retired mustang Marine who dedicated his life to God, country, Corps and family, died Jan. 24, 2013, at his home after a brief illness. He was 78.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Creek Baptist Church in Jacksonville, with the Rev. Terry Hinson officiating. A full military burial will follow at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Scotty was born March 19, 1934, in Hardy, Ky., to Mallie and Dixie Scott, and was the oldest son of the couple's 11 children. He was raised in the thriving coal camps of Bartley, W.Va., where his father worked long hours filling the demand for Appalachian coal during World War II. After graduating from Big Creek High School in nearby War, Scotty took his own turn in the coal camps before heading off to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. It was two weeks before his 20th birthday.

Scotty returned from boot camp as Private First Class Scott, and soon married his sweetheart, Joanne Dalton. They remained a couple for 58 years, raised three daughters and a son, and followed where the Marine Corps led. That path eventually took Scotty to Vietnam, along with three of his brothers, and all were blessed to survive. Scotty's combat experience caused irreparable damage to his ear drums that required hearing aids for the rest of his life, a liability he used to great effect to ignore his family while football was on television.

Major Scott retired from his beloved Corps on Sept. 30, 1975, after more than 21 years on active duty, but never left the Camp Lejeune community. He convinced his parents to trade the mountains for the beach, and spent his retirement working in a variety of entrepreneurial trades and chasing his parents and grandchildren.

Scotty found a niche during the last 12 years of his life with Onslow County Senior Services, as a volunteer delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors in the Southwest area of Jacksonville. He never failed to give thanks for the blessings he received from those he served. He was a deacon at Blue Creek Baptist Church, an active member of Gideons International, and a man who loved the Lord to the very end.

He also loved politics, more specifically, arguing about politics. And he loved his little dog J.R., a Chihuahua named after Janet Reno, whom he disliked enough to name a dog after. He was heartbroken when little J.R. passed away last year, but never made peace with Janet.

Major Scott was also preceded in death by his parents, Mallie and Dixie Scott; one son, Norvel "Buddy" M. Scott Jr.; three brothers, Mallie Scott Jr., Bill Scott and Jack Scott; two sisters, Norma Scott and Faye Scott Peslis; and one great-granddaughter, Summer Gene King.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Dalton Scott; three daughters, Dixie Foy (Randy) of Trenton, N.C., Rena Bolster (Ray) of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Kim Silance (Stevie) of Maple Hill, N.C.; three sisters, Nada Scott Smith, Ellen Scott Brinkley and Peggy Scott Allen; two brothers, Daniel Glenn Scott and John C. Scott; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 31 nieces and nephews.

Flowers will be welcomed or memorials may be made to Gideons International. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday night at Jones Funeral Home, and other times at 68 Vandergrift Drive in Jacksonville. The family also wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to Onslow Home Health and Hospice, the office and staff of Dr. Jose Ros, and Blue Creek Baptist Church.

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Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, 2013
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