Surrounded by family, Vernell G. Scott departed this life on Monday, March 29, 2021. Visitation will be held at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Dr., Baton Rouge, LA on Thurs., April 8, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. until a Celebration of Life service at 12:30; officiated by Rev. John C. Miller, Jr.; interment, Louisiana National Cemetery, Zachary, LA. Vernell G. Scott was born on November 20, 1938, to the union of Vernel and Leester Asberry Scott in Baton Rouge, LA. The fifth of nine children, Vernell accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Elm Park Baptist Church, where his father and uncles were founders. He received his formal education in East Baton Rouge Parish at Scott Street Elementary, Capitol Middle and Capitol Senior High Schools. At Capitol Senior High School, he was a member of the band, served as senior class president and participated in Bayou Boys State. Throughout his education, he was an inquisitive, engaging and loquacious student. He always executed his lessons with excellence and an eye towards exceeding the highest expectations. These qualities aided in the attainment of his bachelors and masters plus thirty (30) from Southern University A&M College. A fervent proponent of education and self-improvement, he became a Robertson-Coe Fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA and continued his professional development at both Southern University A&M College and Louisiana State University. Shortly after starting his career as an educator at Capitol Senior High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in the fall of 1962. He served Honorably in the U.S. Signal Corps at Fort Benning, GA. For approximately six years, he served as the Board President of the East Baton Rouge Teachers Federal Credit Union. In the late 1950's, Vernell met his future wife Maude Elizabeth Bell at Southern University A&M College. This past March they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. To this union, Terri Lynnette Scott, Vernell Glenn Scott and Roderick Christian Scott were born. His memory will be cherished by his wife, Maude B. Scott, daughter, Terri Scott Stevens (Ronald), son Roderick C. Scott, all of Baton Rouge; and son, Vernell G. Scott of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Emil, of Baton Rouge; Brittney, Jaedae, Jordae, and Bryson, all of Houston, TX; Madeleine and Abigail of Adelaide, Australia; and a host of nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceeded in death by his father, Vernel Scott; mother, Leester Scott; brother, Felton Roy Scott; and sister, Delores Elaine Scott. Arrangements entrusted to Miller & Daughter Mortuary.
Published in The Advocate from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2021.