Mr. Eddie Preston ScottJanuary 23, 1925 ~ September 25, 2018 (age 93)
Eddie Preston Scott, entered the world on January 23, 1925, in Eastover, South Carolina, as the third child of the late McKinley Scott, Sr. and Elease Scott’s thirteen children. Affectionately known as Eddie P., he was educated in the public schools of Richland County. He learned the value of hard work at an early age and worked as a truck driver for Allcraft Steel and Wilhoit Steel. One of the highlights of his early years was driving Daddy Grace on the bed of his truck for a big parade in Columbia. Eddie P. was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Eastover at a young age and attended faithfully until he lost his mobility.
In 1945, Eddie P. was united in holy matrimony to Edna Washington of Eastover. After eloping, the couple made their home in Eastover. Together, they reared their four children, Eddie Ruth, Edward Napoleon, Melvin Millard, and Joyce Elaine, with a love for family and a focus on Christian values. Eddie P. and Edna’s love endured for 66 years until Edna’s death in 2011.
Eddie P. always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and along with his wife, Edna, opened several businesses in the late sixties when African-American owned businesses in the south were rare. First was a social club; then in 1969 the young couple opened Scott’s Barbeque and Pool Hall. Later, Eddie P. opened Scott’s ABC Store where he worked daily until his health declined.
Eddie P. was an avid fisherman and spent many days on his boat on South Carolina waterways with his wife, grandchildren and friends. Eddie P. loved fellowshipping with family, having a full house and was especially fond of his grandchildren. Known for his quick wit, sharp tongue and love of “talking trash,” Eddie P. knew how to get a laugh and how to laugh at himself. One of his favorite targets was his sister-in-law, Rhudine, who, along with his niece Pearline Robinson, and family friend, Kiziah Goodwin, continued to visit almost daily even after the death of Edna. He loved his family unconditionally and was so immensely proud of his children, grandchildren and extended family, he displayed hundreds of their photos all over the walls of his business.
Throughout the final years of his life, Eddie P. enjoyed hearing the Word of God from Minister Sandra Cook, Minister James Haydel and Deacon Louis Cook, who came faithfully to administer communion, visit and share the gospel.
After 93 amazing years, on September 25, 2018, God reached down from heaven to take Eddie P. from his earthly home in Eastover to eternal glory.
Eddie P. was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edna Washington Scott and son, Melvin M. Scott.
Those left to celebrate his life and cherish precious memories are his devoted daughter, Eddie Ruth Brawley and son-in-law, Ernest Brawley, Jr. who spent the last 11 years living with and taking care of Ed and Edna, son Edward Napoleon Scott, and daughter, Joyce Elaine Goodwin; daughter-in-law, Margaret S. Scott; three brothers, McKinley Scott, Jr., (Susanna), Willie Scott, and Rudolph Scott; 19 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; five sisters-in law; Emma Lee Scott, Thomasena Scott, Rhudine W. Robinson, Virginia Washington, and Mae Bertha Scott; brother-in-law Enoch Deveaux; godchild, Deborah Gillyard, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.