Vivian T. Scott, 1921-2016

Vivian T. Scott

Vivian T. Scott

Vivian Louis Tolerson Scott, 95, of Fordyce, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, surrounded by family. She was born March 3, 1921, in Auvergne, Ark., to the late Ethel Hurshpield Tolerson and Jessie E. Tolerson Sr.

Vivian married the late Rev. Herbert M. Scott Sr. on Dec. 25, 1949. He served as a part-time local pastor in the Little Rock Conference of the United Methodist Church, appointed to McCabe Chapel UMC from 1972 to 1977, and to Valley Grove UMC from 1982 to 1990.

Vivian attended W. F. Branch Colored Junior High School, Newport, and received her high school diploma from Cotton Plant Academy, Cotton Plant. In 1944, she earned her B.S. degree in home economics from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, and further studied Library Science/Media at A.M.&N. in Pine Bluff, Ark., Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga., and Our Lady of the Lake College, San Antonio, Texas.

In 1983, after serving the Fordyce School District for 36 years, Vivian retired. She taught third grade and civics at Dallas County Training School and was a librarian for Fordyce Middle and J. E. Wallace School. She continued to serve an additional 15 years in the district as a substitute teacher after retirement.

She was also a faithful servant at Mount Olive United Methodist Church; a member of the Elegant Ladies Club; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and the Fordyce Scholarship Association, where she served eight years as president. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

She was preceded in death by her husband; four sisters, Vernell T. Proffitt, Gloria T. Haskins, Doris T. Borders and Delores T. Blackwell; and two brothers, Clay Tolerson Sr. and Jessie E. Tolerson Jr. She is survived by one sister, Floy T. Nelson (Robert) of Newport, Ark.

She is survived by her two children, Herbert M. Scott Jr. (Yana) of Little Rock and Marquis Daryl Scott (Joyce) of Pine Bluff; two grandchildren, Yana-Janell Scott of Little Rock, and Ulysses S. Grant IV of Houston, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Ife Grant and Austin Elijah Grant.

Services were held Wednesday, June 29, at First United Methodist Church Fordyce.

Memorials may be made to Fordyce Scholarship Association in Vivian T. Scott’s name, P.O. Box 851, Fordyce, Ark., 71742.