In Memory of Chaplain (COL-Retired) Sir Walter Scott, Jr.

Sir Walter Scott, Jr., born on July 10, 1951 in Fort Polk, Louisiana, was the eldest of four children born to Sir Walter Lee and Annie Belle Scott. His early grade and high school education took place in Jones County, North Carolina.

With a thirst for learning, Sir Walter received his BA in Religion from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College); the Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas; the Master of Education from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky; the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio; and an M.A. from online studies with Grand Canyon University.

On July 28, 1974, he married the love of his life, Sandra Hayes from Goldsboro, North Carolina. They remained committed to their wedding vows for forty-nine years. Their firstborn, Sir Walter Scott, III, is the Senior Pastor of Abounding Grace Family Worship Center, Boothwyn, PA. Their second born, Luegina (Gina) Carlane, preceded her father in transition to the heavenly realm in September 2023. Both Sir Walter Jr. and Gina are now members of the great cloud of witnesses cheering the family on.

After his ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Sir Walter entered the U. S. Army Chaplaincy in 1977, served for twenty-six years and retired in 2003 having achieved the rank of Colonel/06. His tours of duty include Fort Bragg, NC (Now Fort Liberty); Camp Casey, South Korea; Fort Dix, NJ (now Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst); Fort Lee, VA (now Fort Gregg-Adams); Fort Knox, KY (University of Louisville); Fort Davis, Panama Canal; Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA (U.S. Army Forces Command/FORSCOM); U. S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA; U. S. Army Chief of Chaplains Office, Washington, DC; Camp Zama, Japan (U. S. Army Japan/USARJ); and retiring from Fort Belvoir, VA (home to the United States Intelligence Command/INSCOM).

Sir Walter was a master griller and chef! His specialties were barbeque ribs, brisket, steak, chicken, blackened salmon, ox tails, pot roast, cucumber salad, macaroni salad, lima beans, black-eyed peas, three-bean chili, and his famous smoked turkey for the holidays! He loved to cook and serve hungry family and friends.

Lovingly known as Walt (wife), Dad-Colonel/DD (son, daughter), PopPop (grandchildren), June and Uncle June (birth family), and many other playful nicknames by family and friends—Sir Walter Jr. was named after his father, Sir Walter Lee Scott, Sr. and transferred the name legacy to his eldest, Sir Walter Scott, III. All three Sir Walters have been and are men of utmost integrity, well-respected, and beloved by everyone who know them.

Remaining to continue Sir Walter’s stalwart legacy of love and service to the world are his: Wife, Sandra; Son, Sir Walter Scott, III (Patience); five grandchildren— Victoria Joy, Soteria Grace, Riley Dresden, Kezia Noelle, and Tristen Alexander; his beloved sisters Dorothy Lewis and Loretta Robinson (North Carolina); his beloved sister-in-love, Vivian Randleman; beloved brothers-in-love Monte Hayes (California), Gerald L. Hayes, Sr. and David D. Hayes (North Carolina); a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, military friends, and longtime friends. His loving presence and signature quirky smile will truly be missed!