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John Henry Scott

August 11, 1945 ~ January 3, 2020 (age 74)


John Henry Scott was a native of Columbia, SC and is remembered by his many friends and family for his quick wit, tough love, and always being the life of the party.  He was born on August 11th, 1945 and transitioned to be with our Lord and Savior on January 3rd, 2020. He was the third of four children born to his parents Georgia Rebecca Butler and Zellie Albert Scott, Sr.

John Henry received his high school diploma from Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia, SC where he was an active member of the Varsity football team and various other activities.  Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he supported the defense of this great nation, traveled the world, as well as met and married the love of his life; the former Barbara "Babs" Jean McVea.

He met Babs on assignment at Lackland Air Force Base through mutual friends and to hear him tell the story he can never tell you "why on earth such a smart, beautiful, classy, well put together woman fell for a country boy like me". They married on December 23rd, 1967 and he opened his heart and home to an extended family he called his own.  John Henry took great care in raising his four children in a loving home, always stressing the importance of faith, family, critical thinking and education as the keys to success.   

After the passing of his wife and retiring after 23 years of service, he returned to Columbia, SC to be near friends and family. John Henry was predeceased by his parents and older brother and is survived by his four children: Ronald Louis Clark and Phyllis Yvette Clark from California, and Monica Diane Dickson and John Wesley Scott (SunYi) from Texas. Sisters: Rosa Belle Joyner and Marie Scott of Columbia South Carolina; eight grandchildren; Caleia Diane Clark, Kimberly Diane Clark, Nile Lawrence Norris, Jarrett Raymond Norris, Jeremy Richard Dickson, Jasmine Renee Dickson, Mishe’ Chanel Scott, Teliya Jean Scott and five great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and caring friends.

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January 16, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bostick Tompkins Funeral Home
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Graveside Service
January 17, 2020

12:00 PM
Fort Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, SC 29229

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