By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun
Bob and Mable Scott have seen quite a bit of history in their years of residency in Corsicana. Owning and operating a funeral home, serving on the city council (Bob), and being actively involved in the community put them front and center to witnesses of much local lore.
Specifically, when anyone has a question about G.W. Jackson High School, or events that happened on the “East Side,” one or both of the Scotts are sought out as authorities. Mable Scott has done extensive research on early businesses owned by African Americans, and authored a book on Elm Flat, the community in Navarro County where she was born.
To honor their contributions to Navarro County history, the Navarro County Historical Society inducted both Scotts into the Hall of Fame during Derrick Days festivities Saturday at the Senior Activity Center. Warner Redus emceed the ceremony, making personal comments about her long-time friendship with the Scotts before opening the floor to others who wished to speak.
Both Scotts were born in January 1928, and both graduated from G.W. Jackson High School in 1944. Their paths in life diverged when Bob went off to college, and subsequently, to serve his country in the United States Army. First Lt. Robert M. Scott II with the Army Medical Corps did 14 months of service in Korea, earning a Korean service medal with three bronze stars, a presidential commendation, a combat medical badge, National Defense service medal, and a United Nations service medal.
During that time, Mable went to Houston and became a licensed beautician, then relocated to California to live with her sister for a time. Once they both returned to Corsicana, they got together, found they had lots to talk about, and from there began dating.
Bob was raised by his aunt Bennie Adair after his mother passed away, and Adair was the owner/operator of The Peoples Funeral Home. Bob earned his funeral director’s license and embalming license from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Dallas.
“Ironically, my father was also a funeral director,” Mable said. “He never owned one, but I was exposed to that environment.”
The Scotts married, and when Adair passed away, changed the name to Scott Funeral Home, and Mable earned her funeral director’s and embalmer’s license in 1976. The Scotts were partners at home, and at work. And Mable, a very talented seamstress, made sure they were always well-turned out, often making coordinating suits and outfits.
They are parents to Faith Holt, who has worked with her parents at the funeral home, as well as serving in law enforcement for many years, and as county commissioner. They also have two granddaughters, Vernita Brookins and Veronica Butler, and one great granddaughter, Qualesha Brookins.
Several friends and neighbors commented on what “fine character” and “integrity” the Scotts possess. Those who spoke at the ceremony included Redus, Willie Greene Sr., pastor of Bethel AME, Faith Holt, Catherine Wright, Shirley Jones, Penny Liggins, Veronica Brookins, Ines Waggoner, and Pearl Reynolds.
“Thank you for all your service to the community,” Reynolds said. “Not just the East Side, but the entire community.”
“I’m quite honored to be here today, and honored to be inducted by an organization that is such a valuable tool to this community,” Bob Scott said. “I’ve been around quite a few years, and know many people. There was a time when I knew nearly everyone in town, because we were a small community.
“I’m glad to be here, and glad that you are here. May God bless you and keep you.”
Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore.