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Dr. William Ray Scott

February 4, 1949 - October 4, 2021

William Ray Scott, 72, of Evington, was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on Monday, October 4, 2021.

William was born February 4, 1949, in Powder Springs, TN, the son of the late Vernon Scott and Nellie Cook Scott. William met the love of his life, Anne Harrell Scott at East Texas Baptist University in 1972 where they earned their undergraduate degrees together. William and Anne celebrated 48 years of marriage in March of this year. William and Anne built a life together overflowing with love. William loved to travel with Anne and see God’s beautiful creation. Early in their marriage William served in missions to India and Greece while pastoring churches in West Virginia, Kansas, and Louisiana. William cherished spending time with Anne, their children, and grandchildren. In addition to his wife, William is survived by his two children, Philip Scott (Heather) of Spotsylvania and Natalie Walther (Christopher) of Lynchburg, five grandchildren: Gabrielle Scott, Benjamin Scott, Nathan Scott, Joseph Walther, and Evelyn Walther.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joe P. Acuff and stepbrother, Roy Glenn.

William earned his master’s at Southwestern Seminary, doctorate at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and retired as a professor with Liberty University where he taught for over 29 years. He also served on the Board of Horizon Behavioral Health for 9 years and attended Community Fellowship Baptist Church. William never met a stranger and welcomed any opportunity to fellowship with his students, family, and friends.

The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg.

A Celebration of William’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021, in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg with William’s cousin, Pastor R.J. Seal officiating. Interment will be held privately with family at Virginia Memorial Park.

A Celebration of William’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021, in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg with William’s cousin, Pastor R.J. Seal officiating. Interment will be held privately with family at Virginia Memorial Park.

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My mother remembers "Billy Ray" fondly as "Nellie's little boy". When she and my father (Rev. Ernest Greene) first married, they rented a room from Nellie and Billy Ray. That was back in 1960 -1961. My mother is 88 years old now, but she has never forgotten Nellie and Billy Ray. She was happy to read in this obituary of the full life that Billy led. I just want the family to know that the Powder Springs and Washburn community has not forgotten, and we will remember you in prayer.

Posted by Jennifer Greene Amyx on October 14, 2021

Dear Anne and family, We're so sad to learn of Bill's passing. I'm very sad to have searched and found your location only a week after your loss. I'd looked many times and hadn't relocated you since our wedding 39 years ago on Phillips birthday, when you were living in Douglass, KS. We have fond memories of you in Spencer, WV, and are sure you have beena blessing to many eople over the years. Love, Debbie and Rich Emery

Posted by Debbie and Rich on October 12, 2021

Natalie and family, I know how he meant to all of you. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that my daughter loved having him while working on her degree.

Posted by Sandi Hines on October 8, 2021

I’m sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Scott. I had him as my professor twice and loved him as both a teacher and mentor. He was simply one of the nicest people I had the privilege of meeting at Liberty. I was impressed with his knowledge and also his humility. My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Karen Blunk on October 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our deepest condolences go out to Anne and the family. He was one-of-a-kind with a big heart and found time to stay in touch with extended family in Tennessee. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Lean on the Lord, and he will provide comfort and peace.

Posted by David and Sandy Acuff on October 7, 2021

William was a good friend, a scholar, and a gentleman. He was always interested in the people around him, even when he was not feeling well himself. He was known to minister to his students and friends, and to have a smile and positive attitude at all times. He was a living embodiment of Jesus.

Posted by Marilyn Gadomski on October 7, 2021

Dr. Scott was one of the kindest and selfless teaching professors at Liberty that I ever knew. He was not only my professor in the counseling department, but my peer a few years later. One of the things that impressed me about Dr. Scott was his ability to listen to those he talked with. He had a real interest in people he encountered. In our society today, this is a bit hard to find. When he introduced me to others, he was able to repeat my testimony/story to others as well as I could. I found this amazing, and honestly in no other friend. He was a true pastor and will be missed greatly. Dr. Victor Hinson

Posted by Victor Hinson on October 7, 2021

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Scott as a colleague and also as the parent of one of his students. His compassion for people was evident as he often stopped me in the hall to ask how my daughter was doing and to encourage me when I began working in the Psychology Department. My deepest sympathies to all of you. You will be in our prayers.

Posted by Ginny Cashion on October 7, 2021

Deepest sympathy to the family of Bills .Fond memories from his friends and neighbors at Powder Springs , Tenn .

Posted by Glenda A Coffey . on October 6, 2021

Uncle Bill will forever be a warm and kind memory for me and Michael. He had the most gentle soul, that when you were around him you knew that there was nothing but humility and kindness. Ourthoughts are with his family. I know he is seated with God now but we cant imagine the loss. We love you all dearly.

Posted by Ashley Thomas on October 6, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. We feel honored and blessed to have known Bill.

Posted by Patti & Larry Burek on October 6, 2021

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