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NOBLE, Betty Pope Scott BETTY POPE SCOTT NOBLE Mrs. Betty Pope Scott Noble, affectionately known to many as Popesy, died on Thursday, August, 7, 2012 after a lengthy illness. She was born March 30, 1923 at the home of her parents, Annie Pope Bryan and Milton Candler Scott at 306 Avery Street in Decatur, Georgia. She was the second of four daughters. She spent many happy childhood years playing at the barn behind her grandparent's home (312 South Candler St.) with her sisters, cousins, a neighborhood boy with Down syndrome and Oscar, the beloved family helper. Betty entertained her family for years with stories about the barn adventures and riding the pony cart to get candy and ice cream at the cotton mills in Scottdale, owned by her family. Countless stories exist about her barn antics and particularly her feisty ways. Betty was always known to "fight" to protect the underdog, especially for the boy with Down syndrome, who looked to her as his protector. Mary and Lelia, the family helpers for all of her life, were a significant part of her growing up years and the main characters of many colorful family stories. Betty attended Winnona Park Elementary School and Decatur Girls High, serving as president of her graduating class. She was a track star, excelling in high jump, a cheer leader and was voted most popular and best natured. She attended Agnes Scott College and graduated in 1944. She majored in Bible and History and was involved in numerous student activities. Betty was very involved in student government, serving on the executive committee. She enjoyed playing tennis, hockey and was active in the Athletic Association, the Bible Club and was president of the Granddaughter's Club. She was particularly close to several students whose parents were missionaries and always admired them greatly. Betty was born into the Scott family, a strong Christian family on both sides. Her mother's father was a Methodist minister. Her great-grandfather, Col. George Washington Scott, was the founder of Agnes Scott College, named for his mother, Agnes Irvine Scott, to whom he attributed "all of the good impulses of his heart." Her family took very seriously their Christian responsibilities. They lived out their lives keenly aware of "to whom much has been given much is required." Agnes Irvine Scott's favorite verse has been handed down in the family for eight generations. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5 and 6). Betty was always deeply grateful for her family heritage and her passion became telling the story of the founding of the college. She strongly felt it was important to have the inspirational story of the founding of Agnes Scott College and its rich history preserved for future generations. Her father, Milton Candler Scott, who died at 106, told her many stories about Agnes Irvine Scott and George Washington Scott. She travelled to Ballykeel, Northern Ireland (the birthplace of Agnes Irvine Scott) on several occasions, researching her family history. She wrote two booklets entitled, The Story of Agnes Irvine Scott and The Story of George Washington Scott. Betty was very active in church youth groups and local mission projects (at Decatur Presbyterian Church). She told stories about visiting the prison with her father (where she said she was afraid to shut her eyes during the prayers). She also organized Sunday School and Bible School for African American children on Heron Street. During high school she loved her summers at Camp Symrna, and she became known for diving from a very high dive that no one else would attempt. After graduating from college, Betty worked as youth director at Oakhurst and Wee Kirk Presbyterian churches. She married James Phillips Noble, a Columbia Theological Seminary graduate, in 1945 and they began a lifetime of shared ministry together. Their first pastorate involved two churches, McDonough Presbyterian Church and Timberidge Presbyterian Church, where they served for three years. Their next call was to the Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina, where their three children, Betty, Phillip and Scott were born. After nine years in Greenville, they accepted a call to the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston, Alabama. During their years there (1956-71) she taught in the church kindergarten and was a very dedicated mother, being involved in all of her children's many activities. She enjoyed participating in study and sewing clubs and was fully engaged in all of the numerous church ministries. Throughout their ministry together, Betty shared fully with her husband in the life of the church and community. During the 1960s, as the Civil Rights Movement unfolded, Anniston was the site of the burning of the freedom rider's bus. Betty was fully supportive of her husband, who had been appointed by the city as Chairman of the first Bi-racial Commission in Alabama, which led the integration movement in Anniston. His position brought with it the dubious honor of being number one on the hit list for the Ku Klux Klan. Their work saved Anniston from much of the racial violence that occurred in cities in Alabama such as Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma. (Continued in next column)
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 9, 2012
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