James Robert Scott, 1925-2016

Bob Scott

Bob Scott

The Rev. James Robert “Bob” Scott, 90, formerly of Tarpley, Texas, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Arkansas. He was a United Methodist pastor who served in the Little Rock Conference, including as superintendent of the Pine Bluff District from 1977 to 1981.

He began his ministry in 1948 after graduating from Yale Divinity School. He pastored churches in the Little Rock area during the 1950s and 1960s, when school desegregation and civil rights were at the forefront of American life. He served churches including Bearden, Primrose, Texarkana, Magnolia, Pine Bluff, Arkadelphia and Crossett before his retirement in 1991.

In 1989 he married Rena. She moved to Arkansas until his retirement, then they moved to Tarpley where they lived until Rena’s death in 2014.

Before and after his retirement, Bob took an active part in ministry and service through national and international church boards and committees. As a part of the World Methodist Council, Bob and Rena traveled to Rio de Janiero and Brighton, England. They also traveled on many mission trips, and their travels included Russia, Africa, China, Athens, Buenos Aires, Rome, Ephesus, Turkey, Iguassu Falls, Jordan River, Kenya, Old Jerusalem, Pisa and many other world sites.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Rena Sandidge Scott; his first wife, Helen Sullivent Scott; parents, the Rev. Manuel and Estelle Scott; one sister, Martha Price; and brothers-in-law Maury Barnes, J.R. Taylor and Ed Turner.

He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Janis Robin Scott; sisters Charlotte Turner, Mary Sue Taylor and the Rev. Beth (Henry) Turner; step-children Rob (Roxy) Sandidge, Dan (Ella) Sandidge, the Rev. Janna Sandidge (Leslie) Hawes, and George III (Barbara) Sandidge; step-grandchildren Tobey (Sharon) Sandidge, Manny (Jennifer) Sandidge; Matt (Angela) Sandidge, Carrie Sandidge (Neal) Ervin and Shauna Sandidge (John) Davis; step-great-grandchildren Calvin, Nolan, Luke, Levi, Layne, Logan, Delaney, Lila, Peyton, Paxton, Frank and Andrew; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was “Bob-Bob” to his great-grandchildren, and was known and loved by several generations of children who grew up in Bandera United Methodist Church, as well as the many other churches he served.