Willie Scott

Willie J. "Jake" Scott

Wednesday, September 27th, 1922 - Sunday, April 26th, 2020
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Willie “Jake” Scott, 97 of Benton Harbor Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at The Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Due to the current health visiting regulations his family surrounded him days and nights outside his window with one family member inside. On Sunday, his window was opened and he knew we were by his side and heard our prayers. The birds were chirping, the sun was shinning and he was welcomed home with God's bright presence shinning on his face.

Willie was born on September 27th, 1922 in Waterloo, Alabama, the son of the late Charlie and Fannie Scott. On April 17th, 1946 he married Emma Lee Gray, recently celebrating 74 years together. They raised three children, Chuck (Linda) Scott of Benton Harbor, John, deceased (Debbie) Scott of Florence, Alabama and Linda (Chip) Cramer of Stevensville. Willie had seven (one deceased) grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren with one expected around his birthday in September 2020.

Willie retired from Auto Specialties Manufacturing Company in 1978 with 35 years of employment. He was very influential and effective with the UAW negotiations and contract settlements. Always working toward better working conditions, wages and benefit packages for the blue collar workers.
After retiring from Auto's, Willie decided to get actively involved with local politics. He always had an interest in politics and had a very colorful career as a public servant for 14 years in Benton Charter Township. He served as the Township Clerk and up until recently was available and called upon by many for his opinion and advise, which he loved to do. He remained active in the community politically and loved when people would stop over to see him and talk about politics. He never failed to remind his family of the privilege to vote. And, to never take God and Country for granted. After retiring from Benton Charter Township, Willie decided it would be fun to be a Walmart Greeter which he more than quilified to perform. He loved to work and be with people. He worked until his health prevented him from performing his duties and then completely retired at the age of 80.

Willie attended the First Church of God and The Blue Roof Senior Group up until his health started to decline. He read his Bible daily and sometimes fell asleep with it. His faith in God was clearly evident and he witnessed that faith to everyone. Willie loved to grow a garden for the mere purpose of giving it all away to friends and family. He loved to see his friends and family as often as he could. He always had a joke or a story to tell. When he could no longer get out he would call on the phone, just to tell you another story or another joke. His stories were long and sometimes they changed but he always made it seem like the first time he told you. He taught us to not take life for granted. He taught us to work hard and always give back to the community. To always have a voice and to stand up for what we believe in. He taught us to be faithful to God and to find our strength in him. He never met a stranger and talked to everyone. He was proud of his family and told everyone he met about his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved sports and made sure everyone knew his Alabama Teams were the Best. One of his favorite lines to say when you would ask him how he is was doing was,“Not bad for an old man”.

A private family gathering will be held and a public memorial service announced at a later date. His final resting place will be at Hickory Bluff in Stevensville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks and Menchinger of St Joseph. Memorial contributions may be given to The Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

A special thank you to Lakeland Home Care Nurses ( Chanon, Diane and Lolly), Lakeland Wound Clinic in St Joseph and Niles (Dr Gary Witucki, Krista Schulte, NP, all the nurses at both locations.) Hospice at Home nurse (Michelle). And in his last week of life, The Hanson Center, the nursing staff and Dr Beckrow who gave him compassionate care. They supported us and made us feel like family even with the current visiting status. They saw us through some difficult days and unprecedent circumstances and we are forever grateful.

Lastly, we want to thank dad's faithful and committed caregiver from ComforHome for over 6 months, (Chris). He was more than a caregiver, he was dad's friend and we were so blessed to have him.

We're not saying goodbye we're saying see you soon dad. Your absence here on earth will definetly leave an empty quietness that we will struggle to adjust to but we know you will be watching over us and we will always feel your love and presence.

Survivors include his wife Emma Lee Scott, son Chuck (Linda) Scott and daughter Linda (Chip) Cramer. Grandchildren, Kim (Oni) Wurth, Kevin (Sarah) Scott, Lisa (Jason) Holok, Teresa Cramer (Jeff) Reining, Courtney Scott, John (Angie) Scott and 10 great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents, son (John), granddaughter ( Amanda), three brothers, James, Dudley and Bedford Scott.

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Linda Ward

Posted at 08:56am
I did not know Mr. Scott well, however, I certainly knew about Grandpa Scott. He was incredibly loved by his wife, daughter, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. I remember seeing him in the hospital after a car accident that was serious. He and his wife, Emma Lee, were very bruised and sore. None of this dampened Grandpa's sense of humor or story telling. He looked at me as a new visitor in his hospital room and took my hand and began talking.... jokes and stories! Loved it and him immediately. His love of life and family and God live on in some of the best ever people I am privileged to know and love.

Judy Glasco

Posted at 12:45pm
I visited with Will Jake for several months. I am Clarence Scott's daughter, Judy and while tracing our family tree, I realized I knew very little about Daddy's family. Jake would remember something and call me excited to tell me the story of his cousins. He had some great stories and was very interesting while telling his stories. When I lived in Michigan in 1968-69, I meet Will Jay as we called him, several times. He definitely had a presence that you paid attention to while speaking.

We spoke often and when I realized how serious his health was, he stayed positive. I will miss our calls and our laughs. God Bless.

Donna J Lippert

Posted at 12:38am
Rest in Peace neighbor. Thank you for your dedication and hard work ethics.

Josephine Smith

Posted at 06:43pm
With deepest sympathy and hugs from home for Jake's family. It was always a pleasure to see and be with Jake and family whenever we'd meet up for business or pleasure. You have our prayers.

Dianne Gibson

Posted at 12:52pm
I only met my cousin Will J one time. Clarence Scott was my dad, and he and Will J's dad were brothers. Marilyn Scott is my sister and I know that she has visited by phone with Will J several times during the past few months. Anyway, I was in Michigan visiting and my brother Ronnie and sister Margie were there visiting and somehow Will J showed up at the restaurant. We had a glorious time!!!!! He kept us laughing and he cut up and went on for, literally, hours. The restaurant owner was ready to throw us out but we just kept on enjoying this fine cousin of ours. Wonderful, wonderful memories. I know he will be missed and my sympatries are with you along with my prayers. God Bless You All!!!

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