Rev. Byron J. Scott
September 02, 2021
Byron Johnson Scott, Jr., 76, of Surrency, GA, entered his heavenly home on August 14, 2021, after a short but difficult battle with cancer. The funeral service was held Saturday, August 21 at Bethel United Methodist Church in Surrency. Rev. Ken Morgan, Byron’s son-in-law, and Rev. Dr. Paula Lewis, Byron’s District Superintendent, officiated.
Byron was born in Atlanta, GA, on August 9, 1945. He graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in 1964 and continued on to receive a psychology degree from Asbury College in 1967 and a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in 1970. Byron was married to Patricia (Tricia) Midget on June 12, 1965. Their marriage of 56 years was a godly example to all who knew them. Byron devoted 60 years of his life to pastoral ministry, delivering his first sermon at the age of 16 and his last one only three weeks before his homegoing at the age of 76. In addition to loving others well, Byron enjoyed reading the Bible, studying theology, and writing books. He was actively involved in praying for his loved ones. He was an encourager, prayer warrior, and loving man of God. He authored three books: The Mystery of God’s Will (a study of Ephesians), Called to Witness (how to evangelize), and Living with a New Heart (his testimony of God’s faithfulness through his heart transplant in 2010.) Byron lived with a weakened heart from rheumatic fever he had as a child. He survived congestive heart failure, a stroke, skin cancer, and two automobile accidents, yet he faced each of these battles keenly aware of God’s grace, ability to heal, and presence. Through every trial, Byron gave glory to God and found ways to laugh. His sense of humor will never be forgotten.
Byron is survived by his wife, Patricia Scott, and their children Ken Scott (Tammy),Tina Jobe (Daniel), and Amy Morgan (Ken). Byron was so proud of his 11 grandchildren: Lexie, Blake, Anna (Caleb), Christina (CJ), Bethany, Nathan, Sarah, Esther, Christopher, Jeremy, and Abby. Byron is also survived by his sister, Janice Sanders and his sister-in-law, Martha Jones (Albert). Byron was preceded in death by his mother, Ora Montine Scott and his father, Byron Johnson Scott, Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Bethel United Methodist Church, 740 Bethel Rd, Surrency, GA, 31563. This beloved church was the last appointment of his pastorate.
Crosby Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.