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Wallace H. Scott, Jr. (Wally Scott) On Monday afternoon, April 25, 2005, we lost our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, fishing and golfing partner, football player, Navy lieutenant, story teller and great friend - - Wally Scott - - known affectionately as "the General" to his close friends. Born on November 7, 1920, on a small farm in Iron City, Alabama to Lillie and Wallace Scott, Wally and his family left Iron City for Texas during the Great Depression when his father, Pop, decided to make a living outside the family farm. They settled in Laredo and then Tyler, where Wally was a star football player his senior year at Tyler High School. Although he played only one year of high school football, he was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1998. When Wally earned a scholarship to play football at the University of Texas, his family followed him to Austin in 1939. He became a legendary Texas football player and was a captain of the 1941-42 team featured on the cover of the November 17, 1941, issue of Life Magazine. Wally was very proudly inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor in 1977. Wally co-founded the Longhorn Club, the predecessor of the The Longhorn Foundation with the late Frank Erwin, was instrumental in the creation and fundraising for the T-Letterman's Lounge and the 200 Horns Club, served on the UT Men's Athletics Council for over 20 years, and was a faithful fan and contributor of UT Athletics programs his entire life. In 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Wally and his teammates enlisted in the military. Wally's service began upon graduation in 1942 and he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater, primarily in the Philippines, on a LCI (Landing Craft Infantry). As you might guess if you knew Wally, he was not only the ships 1st Lieutenant, he was also the ship's "scrounger." He often pulled alongside Battleships and Destroyers and traded nothing for something, usually bringing home oranges and ice cream to the delight of his shipmates. He was truly a member and a leader of the "Greatest Generation." Upon his return to Pearl Harbor after the War, he was sought out by George Hallas of the NFL and Chicago Bears fame, who promptly recruited Dad to organize and play in an all-star football game made up of all the great college football players serving in the military. After the War ended, Wally entered and later graduated from the U.T. School of Law. As a young lawyer he met the love of his life, Cile Whalley, and together they raised three children, Cathy, Wally III and Willy. Wally was active in politics at an early age working to elect his friends Buford Jester, John Connally and Lyndon Johnson. Wally was the first attorney hired by the Oil and Gas Division of the Texas Railroad Commission. When he convinced Clint Murchison to hire him as his oil and gas attorney, Wally opened his own private law practice and became a successful and respected oil and gas attorney. In 1976, Wally and Frank Douglass founded the Austin law firm of Scott, Douglass and McConnico. Wally was a brilliant lawyer, and nobody could tell a story like he could. Wally was a great athlete and a scratch golfer most of his life. He taught us how to play golf, water ski, and how to appreciate nature. He enjoyed cooking a big breakfast every morning and taking his kids to school. He loved boating and fishing in Port O'Connor, feeding the deer at Cathy's house, and bringing donuts and visiting with his children and grandchildren on Saturday mornings. He loved everyone and would literally give the shirt off his back to a stranger, which he did more than once. He was also a man of simple pleasures. Instead of traveling the world, he was much happier spending time with his family and friends fishing in Port O'Connor or vacationing in Bracketville. Wally was a man of great integrity, generosity, intelligence, wit and humor, but most of all, love. He loved everyone and he was loved by everyone. To say the least, Wally will be greatly missed by many. There is so much more we could say about Dad, but it would take a book, which sadly we could never get him to write. Wally was preceded in death by his parents Lillie and Wallace Scott, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cile Scott; his sister Lillian Scott of Colorado Springs; his daughter Cathy Scott McElroy, her husband Mike, and their children Andrew and Cate; his son Wally Scott, III, his wife Marietta, and their children Colly, Cile and Charlie; and his son Willy Scott, his wife Janet, and their children Ali, Christy and Win. Serving as pallbearers are Andrew McElroy, Charlie Crenshaw, Ben Crenshaw, Mike Campbell, Tom Campbell, Rusty Campbell, Flip Whitworth, Jim Cowden and Ray Langenberg. Honorary pallbearers are Rooster Andrews, Frank Denius, Noble Doss, Fleetwood Richards, Frank Douglass, Darrell Royal, DeLoss Dodds, Harry Whittington, Eddie Padgett, Rox Covert, Charlie Felger, Louis Beecherl, Bob Hill, David Fender, Glen Tanner, Winston Harwood, and Linda Gorzycki. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 29, 2005, in the Sanctuary at Hyde Park Baptist Church, Dr. Ralph Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Austin Memorial Park. Special thanks to all the fine doctors who cared for Wally during his short stay at Seton Hospital, and the entire ICU staff at Seton for their wonderful care and support of Dad. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallace H. Scott, Jr., Endowed Scholarship, payable to The University of Texas, and mailed to the Longhorn Foundation, P.O. Box 7399, Austin, Texas 78713, or to the Wally Scott Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law, payable to The University of Texas Law School Foundation (Attn: Wally Scott Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law), 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, Texas 78705, to the Animal Humane Society of your choice, or to the charity of your choice. Memorials and guestbook online at wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2005
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