Floyd M. (Scotty) Scott went home to be with his Lord on April 3, 2018. Scotty was born in Newark, OH on December 16, 1924, the son of Floyd D. and Klara (Vandenbark) Scott. His family moved to Tampa, FL when he was 7 years old and he attended schools in Tampa, graduating from Cleveland High School. In 1956 he married Alberta (Taylor) Scott. In recent years he and his wife enjoyed spending winters in Florida and from 2012 to date lived in Webster, FL.
At age 17, Scotty enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII in the Pacific Theater from 1942 until 1946. He was in the South Pacific USN Patrol Squadron 81, operating as a Black Cat outfit, flying PBY-5A’s – this squadron migrated to the Solomon’s Area after a long tour in the Caribbean on anti-submarine patrol. Scotty received the Ancient Order of the Deep Certificate having crossed the Equator on board the Patrol Squadron 81 Dec. 13, 1943. In May 1943 he crashed in Tonalea Harbor in PBY-5 and was hospitalized in Auckland, New Zealand for 5 weeks. Scotty was a POW on Green Island and rescued by U.S. Marines. After an Honorable Discharge, January 7, 1946, he attended Lindsley Hopkins Vocational School in Miami, FL, majoring in electrical engineering. He joined Local #349 IBEW, Miami, FL, as an apprentice for six years and became a Journeyman Electrician. He worked at his trade in Miami and various cities in Florida and New York State. He operated electrical businesses in both Miami and Ticonderoga. For 5 years, in Miami and Nassau, as an underwater diver, he worked for Ivan Tors Studios filming movies, such as “Around the world under the sea” and Thunderball”. Also TV series Flipper and Gentle Ben.
Scotty served as Disaster Chairman for the American Red Cross for many years. He served as Ticonderoga Village and Town Building Inspector. He was a member of Post #224 American Legion in Ticonderoga and a Life Member of Post #146 V.F.W. He was a member of Jeffers’ Hose Fire Department until it was incorporated into the Ticonderoga Fire District where he served with the fire department, in various offices, for 38 plus years. In March, 2010 he received his 60th year certificate and pin as member of IBEW. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Webster, FL. Scotty enjoyed the outdoors and hunting and was a member of the Local Boot Bay Club, Taylors’ sharp shooters. He was a sports fan and enjoyed football, baseball and NASCAR. Earlier in his life, he owned and raced his own stock car. He enjoyed working at his daughter and son-in-law’s farm (Lord Howe Valley Farm) mowing the lawns and doing whatever he could to help. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone who needed help. A wonderful husband, dad and grandpa, we all loved him very much. His family was a very important part of his life. His grandchildren enjoyed visiting their “papa” and he kept them interested in his knowledge of many subjects, spiritual, military service, sports, hunting, auto mechanics and many others. He will be missed very much.
Survivors include his loving wife, Alberta (Taylor) Scott, daughters, Judy Scott, Barbara (Scott) Perkins, (son-in-law Randy), grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Adam (Heather), Amber, Dustin, Devin, Jesse, Jack, Haley Ann and Leah Alice; brother: Keithley Howell and family, CA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Scotty was predeceased by his parents, his step-father Keithley Howell and brother William L. Scott. Also his granddaughter Ava Alice Perkins (infant) and beloved grandson, Scott Wolff. Scotty was broken hearted over the death of his grandchildren; but knew they were in Heaven and “we will all be together again”.
Visitation and Graveside Service A time of visitation will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Purcell Funeral Home Chapel. Procession will depart at 2:00 for Florida National Cemetery where graveside service will take place at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Don Grant officiating along with U.S. Navy Honor Guard and Sumter County Honor Guard.