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Subject: Aubrey Scott, served as pallbearer for President Franklin Roosevelt

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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 12:07:52pm

Aubrey E. Scott, Jr., 96, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Community Compassion Center of Jonesboro. He was born to Aubrey and Mildred White Scott on August 13, 1922 in Memphis Tennessee. His father was a banker and he grew up in Blytheville and Marked Tree. After graduation from high school he entered Arkansas State Teachers College (Now University of Central Arkansas) in Conway. With the attack on Pearl Harbor and outbreak of World War II he enlisted in the Marine Corps, rising to the rank of captain. He participated in the assault on Guadalcanal and later in the occupation of Japan. Returning to the United States, he was chosen to represent the Marines as a pallbearer in the burial of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and can be seen in motion picture coverage of the event.

After the war he studied civil engineering at the University of Tennessee and worked for the Project Planning Section of the Tennessee Valley Authority. From 1949 to 1952 he was a student at the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. In May of 1952, he moved to Jonesboro to work with Elmer A. Stuck, Architect, a firm that dated to 1926. On November 28, 1958 he received Certificate 269 from the Arkansas State Board of Architects licensing him to practice architecture in Arkansas. He remained with this firm through various name changes and served as President/Treasurer of the Stuck Associates from 1983 until his retirement in 1991. The firm designed many buildings for Arkansas State University, and one of Scott’s last projects was the retirement facility, St. Bernards Village.

Scott served as president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1975. He was president of the Professional Advisory Board for the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, serving as president from 1985-1993. From 1985 to 1997 he was the vice president of the Arkansas State Board of Architects. Locally he served on the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Streets and Highways Committee and on the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Traffic Authority where he was chairman for several years. After his formal retirement he remained active in city affairs, becoming administrative assistant to Mayor Hubert Brodell in 2004. “I like to be with people. I like to help solve problems, and I like to do research,” he observed. He recounted his war experiences for members of the Craighead County Historical Society and and was active in events such as the Guadalcanal Remembrance Day on August 7, 2002.

Scott married the love of his life, Margaret in 1952. They were active tennis and golf players and members of the First Methodist Church. Methodist minister Rev. Fred Haustein recalled, “I’ve never experienced him to be anything other than willing, positive, supportive, insightful, dependable, welcoming and loving.” Aubrey maintained a strong interest in woodworking and furniture construction.

Aubrey Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and his sister Mildren O’Connor. Survivors include his son, Alan Scott; daughter, Peggy Scott Gipson; and grandchildren; Sarah Strabala (Kyle), Michelle Wilson (Andrew); Angela Scott and great grandchild, Sophia Strabala and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:00 Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Patty Soward officiating. Emerson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Perry Nettles, Ron Dunn, Mike Broadway, Mike Graham, Michael Dougan and Keith Matheny serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 5-7 Tuesday night at the Emerson Funeral Home.

For lasting memorials please consider the Music Department of the First United Methodist Church, 801 S. Main, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401 or the Jonesboro Church Health Center, 500 Kitchen Street, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401.


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