This morning, we will have the funeral to celebrate the life of Dr. Jack Scott, our former chair of the Bible Department – 1986 through 1992.
Jack Brown Scott, 83, went home to be with the Lord, June 13, 2011, shortly after celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife of 57 years, Eleanor. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson with burial following in the Clinton Cemetery.
He was born January 2, 1928, in Greensboro, North Carolina, to Lacy Allen and Mamie Brown Scott. He married Eleanor Lier Caslick of Paris, Kentucky, in 1954.
Jack Scott graduated from Greensboro High School in 1945, from Davidson College with a B.A. in 1949, from Columbia Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in 1952, and from Dropsie University in Philadelphia with a Ph.D. in 1976. He served as a church planting missionary with the Presbyterian Church in South Korea from 1952 to 1957, where he met his bride, Eleanor, who was serving as a medical missionary with the Presbyterian Church.
The two married and had two children while in Korea before returning to the United States in 1957; the couple returned to Korea for several weeks in 1979 in honor of their 25th anniversary, and he preached at many of the churches he had helped start in the 1950s.
He served as the pastor of the Springfield Presbyterian Church in Springfield, KY, from 1958 to 1960 and the Mt. Salus Presbyterian Church in Clinton, MS, from 1961 to 1966. He was a founding faculty member of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson and served as Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew until 1977.
From 1977 to 1986 he worked as a writer for the Christian Education Committee of the Presbyterian Church in America, and in that capacity wrote numerous Biblical study books, including a multivolume Adult Biblical Education Sunday School series from 1977 to 1986. In addition to his work for the denomination, he wrote several works of Biblical study; his most widely distributed book, God’s Plan Unfolded (1976), has been translated into multiple languages and used by students of the Bible around the world. He also wrote a weekly Sunday School lesson for the Clarion-Ledger for four decades from the 1960s to the 1990s.
In 1986 he accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, and Philosophy at Belhaven University and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1992; upon retirement he was named Professor Emeritus.
After retirement, Scott continued to teach and preach across the southeast and the world, travelling as far as Malaysia in the early 1990s. He was a founding member of the Presbyterian Church in America in 1973 and a long time member of the Mississippi Valley Presbytery.
In 2005 many of his former students and the General Assembly of the PCA honored him with resolutions, honorary dinners, and a festschrift entitled Interpreting and Teaching the Word of Hope. In recent years he and his wife have attended Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland where he has taught the Reflector’s Sunday School Class on a weekly basis.
Jack Scott loved the God of the Bible, his Savior Jesus, and the Word of God, the Bible. He lived his life following the call of Psalm 1:2: “[The man of God’s] delight is in the law of the Lord; and on his law doth he meditate day and night.” In his passing, his family and friends are comforted by the promise of Psalm 116:15: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
He is survived by his wife Eleanor Caslick Scott of Jackson, their children, Ann Wiley Scott of Ridgeland, Edward Allen and Charlotte Anderson Scott of Ridgeland, Caroline Brown Scott of Chattanooga, TN, and John Thomas and Holly Roub Scott of Macon, GA, seven grandchildren, Antigone Davoulas of Lookout Mountain, GA, Blake and Austin Scott of Ridgeland, and Will, Mark, Andrew, and Katie Scott of Macon, GA, and his brother Lacy Pershing Scott of San Diego, CA.In lieu of flowers, the family requests individuals make a donation to Wellspring of Life, a Christian ministry to the people of Korea; send donations to: Wellspring of Life (http://wellspringkorea.org), 16 Stoney Fork Road, Barnardsville, NC 28709.