Wilma Lee Scott

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wilma Lee Sowells Scott
“The Legacy of a Virtuous Woman” Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a
virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
Sister Wilma Lee Sowells Scott was born the first child of Jessie James and Catherine A. Jenkins Sowells in Newton County, Texas on March 18, 1937. She was baptized at an early age
and spoke the “Good News” of Jesus Christ until her spirit entered the heavenly gates on February 27, 2010.
Wilma Lee Sowells met the love of her life, Rev. Lenzo Verlon Scott as a youth West of Rosepine. The late Rev. J.W. Gibbs
united them in marriage on December 22, 1957. Together the anointed couple blessed the city of DeRidder as Christians, teachers, community and civic leaders. She served God at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in DeRidder, until her husband was called to
pastor. Before leaving Mount Zion, she founded the Rosie P. Gibbs Matrons that remain active to date. First Lady Wilma Scott served Ellen Burr Baptist Church in Leesville for 18 years. While at Ellen Burr Baptist Church, she would see expediential
church growth. Under the Leadership of Pastor L.V. Scott and First Lady Wilma Scott, the construction of the current sanctuary was begun and completed.
On December 22, 2007, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a
host of family and friends. Their earthly union was blessed for 51 years. Her sister-in-law, Cecil Young (Oscar) of New Braunfels, Texas grieves with us today.
The legacy of Sister Wilma S. Scott will continue in her six daughters:
Dr. Lori Scott Hunt of Port Arthur, Texas; Dr. Yvonne Scott Miller (Calvin) of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Mrs. Lydia Scott Stewart (Ricky) of Monroe, Mrs. Letrece Scott Harris (Jackie) of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Mrs. Lisa Scott Broussard (Michael) of
Lawrenceville, Ga. and Mrs. Yolanda Scott Johnson (Terry) of Lawrenceville, Ga.
Her grandchildren knew her as “Maw Maw”. She nurtured each of them with unconditional love and kindness. The twelve grandchildren of Mrs. Wilma Scott are:
Dana Hunt of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Ricky Stewart of Monroe; Anthony Archield of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Jackie Harris, Jr., Joshua Harris and Jonathan Harris of Pine Bluff, Ark.; Sarah Miller, Calvin Miller, Jr. and Cameron Miller of Lawrenceville, Ga.;
John Johnson, Justin Johnson and Jeremiah Johnson of Lawrenceville, Ga. God also blessed her to see the birth of her one great granddaughter, Jordyn Sumbler. Her unconditional love was shared by stepchildren Terran Turner (Terry and Yolanda); and
Michael, Jr. Miesha (Michael and Lisa).
Wilma was a sister to: Genell Sowells Carter (Grover) of Montgomery, Ala.; Walter L. Sowells (Ella) of Houston, Texas; Geraldine Maxie Bell Sowells Johnson (Tone) of Corpus Christi, Texas and
Roosevelt J. Sowells of DeRidder. In addition to her siblings, she leaves a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews to cherish her memory. Preceding her in death were three siblings: Deloris Sowells, Maxine Sowells and Welton D.
Educator Wilma Scott earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, in 1959. Mrs. Scott did not stop her educational pursuits with her bachelor’s degree.
She was the first black teacher
to receive a master’s degree at DeRidder High School. She would later go on to receive her master’s plus thirty and administration certification. She is credited as the first team leader for teachers at Carver Elementary in 1963; first black teacher
of Spanish at Carver Elementary; first Black teacher in Beauregard Parish to write and direct a professional improvement plan for teachers. She is a retired educator of 25 plus years with the Beauregard Parish School System in
Everyone who knew Sister Scott can tell a story of how she touched lives. She nurtured community children by forming the first Blue Birds Troup for African American girls in 1965; co-founded the Tru Lo Ens Camp Fire Girls
Troup with her friend Mrs. Ann J. Stewart. She was also the first black woman to serve on the board of directors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Beauregard Parish. Her community and civic involvements are many including being the founder of the
Ebonite’s Society of DeRidder. In her senior years, she worked tirelessly with the National Association of the University Women headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 2000, she began a tenure as National Financial Secretary under President Dr. Ezora
Sister Wilma Lee Sowells Scott will be memorialized on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Ellen Burr Baptist Church, with Pastor Derrick Johnson officiating.
Her Celebration of Life will begin at 1 p.m. on
Saturday, March 6, 2010 also at Ellen Burr Baptist Church.
Myers-Colonial Funeral Home of DeRidder will be officiating.
Words of comfort may be shared at: www.myers-colonialfuneralhome.com.