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Edward Logan Scott Jr.

Mr. Edward Logan Scott Jr., died Thursday, October 8, 2015, at his residence in Renova. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Mound Bayou, with Reverend Thomas Morris officiating.

 

Mr. Edward Logan Scott Jr., died Thursday, October 8, 2015, at his residence in Renova. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Mound Bayou, with Reverend Thomas Morris officiating. 

Burial with military honors will take place at the Scott Family Cemetery, Drew. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements with Royce W. Chatman as director.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the church on Saturday and from 3-6 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2015, at W.S. Brandon Mortuary in Cleveland. Family hour will follow from from 6-7 p.m. at W. S. Brandon Mortuary, Cleveland. 

Edward Logan Scott Jr. was born August 27, 1922, in Glendora, Tallahatchie County. He was the ninth of 13 children born to the union of Edward Logan and Juanita Jackson-Scott. 

He confessed his faith in Christ at an early age and united with the East Mount Olive Church, Drew, pastored by the late Rev. R. C. Gallion. He later joined First Baptist Church, Mound Bayou, under the leadership of the late Rev. L.J. Jordan Jr. and continued under the leadership of Rev. Earl V. Hall. Ed served as a faithful deacon and trustee until his health prevented his attendance.  

Ed Jr. began his education at the Neukahoma Rosenwald School and continued at Threadgill High School. He left high school and enlisted in the United States Army to serve in World War II after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

 He received his basic training at Camp Croft, S.C., and was deployed to Spartanburg, S.C., and then to Germany. He served under General Patton and his detail often included being his driver. During his service he was a Tech Sergeant in the Quartermasters Unit and Certified on the Rifle Range. 

He received an honorable discharge in 1946 after serving until the end of World War II, three and a half years. When Ed Jr. returned from the armed service he stayed on the family farm to work with his father who had become ill and too weak to run the farm without help.

 Even though his father insisted that he go back to finish school, he stayed to work the family farm. His father continued to farm until his death. In addition to farming and school, Ed Scott Jr. was interested in visiting a pretty little lady he had seen on a trip with his dad to the Daniel’s farm. After his third attempt, her father, Isaac Daniel, allowed Ed Jr. to “call on his daughter” and on May 30, 1943, Ed Jr. and Edna Ruth Daniel were married.

To this union seven children were born -- Felisha, Rose, Isaac, Vivian, Edward, Willena and Octavia. The oldest Felisha Claudette passed away in 1948 at four years of age. Ed Scott Jr. was a person to be admired for his perseverance, patience, fortitude and trailblazing efforts as the first Black catfish farmer in Mississippi and the only one to own and operate a catfish processing plant.

His love for farming and entrepreneur spirit was instilled in him at an early age by his father, Edward Logan Scott Sr., who was affectionately called “Pa Pa.” 

The family began farming with their “Pa Pa” as sharecroppers in Hale County, Alabama, and later in Glendora. His father was one of the first Blacks to purchase land in the Mississippi Delta. 

In 1938 Ed Sr. purchased his first 100 acres of rich farmland in LeFlore County from P.H. Brook who was one of the only two whites who would sell land to black people in the Delta. During the next few years under “Pa Pa’s” guidance Ed Jr. and his brothers made purchases of their own of 80 to 160 acres of land from P.H. Brooks.

In 1957 when Ed Sr. passed away, the family owned 1,800 acres of land.  Ed Jr. tried to keep the land that had been purchased by the family.  

Ed Jr., along with his wife and oldest son Isaac, continued farming cotton, beans, rice, corn, and catfish until funding sources were not available for Black Farmers in Mississippi. 

In 1982 they began farming catfish (Scott’s Fresh Catfish) and later opened the LeFlore-Bolivar Catfish Processing Plant. 

Because of the distant location of the fish plant, Ed’s wife, Edna Ruth, opened a cafeteria to provide hot meals for the workers. Even though the family lived through much prejudice and bold discrimination, Ed Jr.’s love for being an entrepreneur and his love for family farming never wavered. He and Edna always said, “God will see us through.” Ed Jr. worked faithfully and diligently for 29 years seeking justice to regain and restore the family land to its heritage. 

God blessed him to accomplish this goal and begin his dream of leaving a legacy and history for future generations. He established the Delta Farmers Museum and Cultural Learning Center designed to educate and bring awareness to the legacy and history of farming in the Delta. 

The museum is located on the site of a tractor shed built by Ed Sr. that Ed Jr. later converted to the LeFlore-Bolivar Processing Plant.  Ed Jr. was honored and recognized with a historical marker from the Mississippi Department of Archives that was placed at the plant site July 31, 2015. 

Ed has been honored by many organizations and featured in numerous articles for his bold but “not boastful” accomplishments. Some of his proudest and fondest memories are the trips that he and Charlie Woodley Sr. used to make early in the mornings and late at night to meet Freedom Riders and Civil Rights Marchers with food and drinks. 

He often said he regretted not being able to meet Dr. King but he had to stay undercover so that they could make it back home safely.

 Some publications that feature Ed Scott include: (1) The Irresistable Fleet of Bicycles, The Greenhorn Word Press, October 7, 2011; (2) SFA Past Events - 2004 – Southern Foodways Alliance in Black & White: (3) 2001 Ruth Fertel “Keeper of the Dream” Award by Southern Foodways Alliance, Ole Miss University, Oxford, Mississippi; (4) Fried Catfish; Saveur Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2001 Issue #53; (5) Southern Living Magazine, June 2001 Issue; (6) CNN.com – Food Central Cookbook Review: A Gracious Plenty, March 29, 2000; (7) The New York Times, Dec. 15, 1999; (8) The Commercial Appeal Newspaper, Memphis, TN, Dec. 1998 Issue;  (9) The Greenville Sun Newspaper, Greenville, MS, May 20, 1998 Issue; (10) A Celebration of Southern Chiefs; Southern Foodways Alliance Brochure, May 20-31, 1998; (11) “Mississippi Folklife Magazine”, Winter/Spring 1997; (12) The Bolivar Commercial Newspaper, Cleveland, MS, Dec. 23, 1997; (13) The Chamber of Commerce Award for Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year, Jackson, MS, Nov. 13, 1989; (14) Cleveland Board of Education, “Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)”, Dec. 31, 1989; (15) Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, “news and Information”, March 3, 1983 Issue; (16) “Jackson Advocate Newspaper”, Jackson, MS, June 29, 1983 Issue; and (17) Delta Democrat Times Newspaper, Greenville, MS, Sept 24, 1978; (18) The New American Cooking: Joan Nathan,  pp. 267; (19) A Gracious Plenty; Recipes and Recollections from the American South:  Ellen Rolfes Book by John T. Edge: page 228; (20) The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook: edited by Sara Roahen and John T. Edge; Forward by John T. Edge: pp 114.

The patriarch of the family, Edward Logan Scott Jr. is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Logan and Juanita Jackson-Scott; and 12 siblings, two who died at birth, Rosa Belle Scott-Williams, Moses Scott Sr., Leighton Scott, Alexander Scott Sr., Susie Scott-Heggie, Samuel Scott Sr., Clara Scott, Mossouri Scott-Wilburn, Harvey Dewitt Scott, and Edna Scott-Florence; and a son-in-law, Joseph White Jr. Along with his loving and devoted wife of 72 years, Edna Ruth Daniel-Scott of Renova, Ed Scott Jr. leaves to cherish his memories loving children Rose Marie (James) Pegues of Memphis, TN, Isaac Daniel (Lucy) Scott, Mound Bayou, Vivian Auritha (AD) Chatmon, Brandon, Edward Logan (Roselyn) Scott III, Snellville, GA, Willena Vernetta White, Renova, and Octavia Lynne Pack, Nashville, TN; 22 grandchildren Isaac Daniel Scott Jr., Joseph Leroy Cooper, Vanessa (Tracy) Scott-Cousin, Felisha (Jeremy) White-Edington, Royce W. (Vickie) Chatman, Cindi Jones-Woods, Joseph White III, Rachion Scott, Antonio (Salena) Chatmon, Keith Scott, Kevin Scott, Lenora Harts, Abbie (Marco) Harts-Gutierrez, Kimberly Scott, Angela (Marcus) Scott-Mason, Latoryla Brown-White, Kenon Pack, Corey Pack, Jamie Pegues, Gregory (LaTrinica) White, Ansley Scott, and Renaldo Scott; three sister-in-laws Juanita Cade, Freddie Simmons, and Jean Foster-Scott; two brother-in-laws; Cortez Simmons and Nelson Winbush; and 17 affectionate great-grandchildren; devoted caregivers Leola Harris, Jimmie Ware, Dr. Victoria Akins and Dr. Nora Gough-Davis; special devoted friends Roy Dixon, Ethel C. Woodley, Mattie J. Hooker, Tracie Anderson, and LaShaundra Yancy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

 

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