Morris James Scott Sr., was born on November 13, 1943 in Montgomery Alabama through the union of Morris James Phelan and Ella Mae Salary. In 1947 Ella Mae married Benjamin Willie Scott. Morris was later adopted by Benjamin and assumed the Scott surname. Through the union of Morris’s mom Ella Mae Salary and Benjamin Scott they had the seven children. Morris as the elder brother diligently cared and looked after his seven younger siblings.
In 1954 Morris joined the Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church in Montgomery, AL when his parents were baptized at an evangelistic tent meeting held by E.E. Cleveland. In 1956 his family relocated to Detroit, MI and joined the City Temple SDA Church, where Morris was a very active youth singing in the Youth Choir and other vocal groups. He enjoyed roller skating and other church related activities. Morris graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit, MI in 1962, and later attended Oakwood College in Huntsville, AL., where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theology in 1966.
Morris loved life and people. As a young servant of the Lord, he accepted a call to pastor in the Southwest Regional Conference in Houston, TX. He pastored several other churches in Texas, Oklahoma, and New York. He loved working for the Lord and was an active evangelist most of his working career. He has held many positions within regional conferences, and in later years Morris continued his passion of soul-winning. He stayed busy as an advocate, business owner, counselor and social worker.
In 1974 Morris married Doris M. Stanley and together they raised four beautiful children. They later relocated to New York where they joined Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist church Morris served as an Elder, worked in the Treasury department and served as the Family Life Coordinator. Morris also went back to school and received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.
Morris, affectionately called “Scotty”, loved his family and dedicated his spare time to helping the needy. In his spare time he loved gardening, fishing, traveling, horseback riding, entertaining, counseling and cooking especially grilling. After many years of dedicated service for the Lord and his community, Morris retired in 2020 from the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists after 23 year of service.
On Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 3:49 p.m., Elder Morris J Scott Sr, Passed peacefully at his Long Island home with his wife and daughter by his side.
Mourning his death, but cherishing his memories are Doris Scott, his beloved and devoted wife of 46 years. Doris was committed and insistent on utilizing her professional care giving skills to ensure Morris received the best possible care in their own home. Doris’s selfless sacrifice and devotion is a model to all and was greatly appreciated. He also leaved to cherish four children; three siblings; eight grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and dear friends.
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