James Harlan Scott, 89, of Gainesville, passed away on December 12, 2019 at the Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. Graveside service will be Saturday, December 21, 2019, 2:00pm, at the Fairview Cemetery with Bro. Larry Kremling officiating. Visitation will be from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM at the Meador Funeral Home in Gainesville.
Harlan was born in 1930 in Cooke county to Lester and Mary Scott. Harlan went to the Loving school, Era schools, Cooke County College and North Texas State University. Harlan married Joyce Colleen Mozingo in 1957 in Walnut Bend, TX. Harlan was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He led a team to run a telephone line from rear positions in South Korea to Panmunjom to manage a prisoner exchange and his part was the only one which worked. He later worked as a welder, inspector and maintenance foreman at National Supply. He loved fishing and hunting. Most of all, he liked to invent things and was driven to do so. He was a fantastic teacher. He loved God.
Survivors are his sons Jon Scott and Gary Scott, his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and his grandchildren Lucy, Philip, Peter, Hannah, Francesca and Kayelyn. Also surviving are his siblings Hulen, Maurice and Eva. He was preceded in death by his wife, Colleen Scott and siblings Ceburn, Mary Ellen, Omie, Joyce and Glenn.
When asked what he wanted to pass on to the future, he wrote:
“I will think about what you wanted me to remember back in life to pass on. Right off I think the best thing to pass on is when I was born it was at the start of the great depression and dust bowl days too. Life was very difficult too at that time. And most of the conveniences we enjoy today was not even invented then or available. All the work then was done by hand on the farms and that meant long hard days in the fields working. We did not have electricity until I was a senior in high school. And that includes propane for heating etc. That means wood heaters etc and kerosene lamps for everyone then. I think most schools had a coal burning heater. My early years in school was in the Loving school which would be close to the Moss lake location now. It had two large rooms one was for the first few grades and the other one for the older grades. It was divided by a curtain. down the middle and a large coal burning stove at the center that was the heater for the entire school. Our teacher would pass around to us boys the opportunity to take the bucket out and bring in some more coal for the stove each day. We really liked the chance to go outside for while and it took two of us to carry the bucket of coal. I will never forget that. The difficult life then I think taught one a lot of how to face the everyday problems we now have. Things may change as time passes but the success we have is still the result of our efforts to succeed and keep on going when things is difficult. Your grandmother Scott raised eight kids through those times and always stressed the need to stay in school and better our self. I don’t know how she did it in those days but she did. We need to look at our opportunities and not our failures I think.”