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If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8
The late Rudolph Scott was called to Glory on March 14, 2023.
At an early age, Rudolph was baptized in St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church, his family church, in Midway, Georgia. Through the years, he remained affiliated with his family church although with several lengthy absences due to military and civilian stints that took him around the world.
He was born on June 4, 1955, in the Holmestown Community in Liberty County, GA. He was a twin with him being the 1st of the two being born, making him the 6th child of 11 to the union of the late Norman Scott, Sr. and the late Helen Way Scott. Rudolph and his twin brother had a strong bond with kindred spirit that showed brilliantly whenever they were seen together—always joking, laughing, saying who came first, and sharing with each other.
He attended Liberty Elementary School and Bradwell Institute. Some will fondly remember Rudolph as being a serious trombone player in the Bradwell Institute marching band. He loved playing and loved the field trips. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1973, Rudolph quickly secured a position at Chemtall, Inc in Riceboro, GA for a short period before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1974.
Rudolph patriotically served his country at military installations in South Carolina, South Korea (twice), Georgia, Virginia, California, Panama (twice), and Colorado. As an overachiever, this smart and ambitious soldier seized the opportunity to attend the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps and School in Fort Lee, VA that allowed him to convert from an enlistee to a Military Officer. Subsequently, he rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 by the time he retired in 1994—20 years after joining. He was proud of his achievement as a decorated soldier and so were his family and community.
After retiring from the military, he worked as a U.S. Government contractor in Saudi Arabia and Bosnia-Herzegovina where he spread his southern charm and got colleagues from all over the world interested in his southern style cooking. He had a convincing and hearty personality that could get others to partake of his culinary skills, especially on the grill. He loved and took pride in cooking and feeding his family and would always say, “the big piece of chicken is for my wife”—his African Queen as he affectionally called her. He was a loving father to his children and enjoyed all of them.
In 1999, he joined the United Nations (UN) and served in The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan before retiring in 2019 to his beloved Liberty County, GA. Rudolph absolutely loved travelling and returning to his beloved Holmestown community to share stories to his life-long buddies, like Peter “Bobby” Robertson, about far-away places like Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana. If he was asked which country was his favorite, he would always say “I love them all”.
Rudolph was preceded in death by his parents Norman Scott and Helen Way Scott, his eldest sister Lois Anne Roberts, and his eldest brother Henry Lee Scott.
Rudolph leaves to cherish his memory, his lovely wife Bahati Mafa Scott, children Korena Scott, Rudolph Scott Jr., Jerome Scott, Damien Gamble, Safari Bahati Scott, Helena Magi Scott, Prince Rudolph Scott, Leon Norman Scott, and little Selena Vella Scott; granddaughter Khelani Scott, four grandsons Christian Jae Scott, Da’Mir Gamble, Kaleb Scott, and Khalis Scott; sisters Rena (Albert) Anderson, Edna (Cato) Walthour, Brunell Ocana, and Vella (Francis) Mbenna; brothers Samuel (Sarah) Scott, Larry Butler, Randolph Scott (his twin brother whom he loved dearly), Howard (Cheryl) Scott, and Norman (Vincey) Scott Jr; five (5) generation of nephews and nieces; loyal cousins and extended family members; and wonderful friends he made around the globe, especially in Africa.