Born: December 06, 1943
Died: April 14, 2014
Mr. Billy Ray Scott, 70, of Union City died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Emmanuel Church of God In Christ in Tiptonville with Elder Curtis McLendon and Elder Stanley Montgomery officiating.
Interment will follow in East View Cemetery in Union City.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.
Billy (Bill) Ray Scott was born December 6, 1943, in Decatur County, Tennessee to Earlene Thomas Taylor and Bonnie Ray Scott, although Earnest Ray Taylor was the only father that he ever knew. Bill was known to his family and friends as “King Cobra” and/or “Uncle Bill”. Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
At an early age he began attending the Easter Seal Center in Tiptonville, Tennessee until the center relocated to Martin, Tennessee. He was employed at the center and participated in the many activities that they offer people with disabilities until his death. Saint John’s Community Services-Tennessee (SJCS-TN), formerly known as Community Developmental Services (CDS), played a major part of his life. It was his “home away from home”. He loved all his friends at the center and never wanted to miss a day regardless of the weather.
After the death of his parents many special people stepped up to the plate and took care of him. His nephew, Billy Reese and his wife, Mary, moved into his home with him and became his live-in caretakers until the day he died. He also cared very much for Ra’sheeda Wright, one of his faithful aides. She was his “special” friend although she never knew it. But the person who made him shine and that knew him better than anyone else was “Birdie Hardin”! She was very special to Uncle Bill. She served as his aide the latter part of his life, but she was much more than that to him, she WAS FAMILY! She was there for him any time she was called upon and then some. She developed a love, care, and concern for him that was undeniable. She was his guardian-angel, a God-send.
Uncle Bill leaves to cherish his memory one sister, Ozella (Clarence) Garland of Tiptonville, Tennessee; two nephews, Jerry Reese (Gwen) of Oak Ridge, New Jersey, Billy Reese (Mary) of Union City, Tennessee; five nieces, Cheryl Denise Jefferson (Jeff) of Greensboro, North Carolina, Jacqueline (LaMar) Bartlett of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Sandra (Keith) Lanier of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Mary (Greg) Ross of Tiptonville, Tennessee, and Tracy Reese of Nashville, Tennessee. He also leaves behind a whole host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rawls Funeral Home - Union City (731) 885-8110