Eugenia McPhate Scott

Published 10:55 am Wednesday, February 14, 2024

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Sept. 27, 1930 – Feb. 11, 2024

ROXIE – Our family Matriarch, Mrs. Eugenia, Aunt Jean, Mama, and her preferred title Big Mama, took her last breath on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, at 93 years young. Her family trusts she awoke fully satisfied, healed, seeing face to face her Creator, her family, and the only man for her, who waltzed her home, Lamar Scott.

She was wed to her best friend and dance partner, Wayne Lamar Scott, Sr. on Dec. 24, 1948. They built their home together on the Scott family farm and enjoyed almost 47 years of marriage there.  

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They loved to dance in their den to the Lawrence Welk show on Saturday nights, and you would find them attending worship each Sunday at the Methodist church service with family dinners following worship. They enjoyed card games with friends, hosting young pastors, and attending; coaching, and supporting their boys in sporting events for over 30 years.  

She was the Title One Coordinator for the Jefferson County Public School System her entire working career. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Fayette, MS, and participated in the Red Hat Society during her years at Sunnybrook Estates in Madison, MS. She held her active membership at First United Methodist Church in downtown Rogers, AR.  

She loved all things Christmas and collected Santa Clauses. At one point she was known to have displayed over 100 Santa’s in her home. A few dear Santas remained on display for year-round merriment.

Continuing her legacy are her three sons: Wayne Lamar Scott, Jr. (Jo Lynn) of Harrisonburg, LA parents to Tammy Gill, Brandy (Justin) Montpelier, and Jason (Trish) Scott; Lynn Scott (Amber) of Rogers, AR parents to Graham Scott, Jonas, and Caroline Tallmadge; and William (Connie) Scott of Dover, AR parents to Beth (Josh) Whitlow and Lucas (Shanteal) Scott with a host of great and great-great grandkids.

She was born Sept. 27, 1930, to Hazel Ruby Anding McPhate and Irby Eugene McPhate in McNair, Mississippi. She was the firstborn of the four children and the last one to leave this earth. The family is once again rejoicing in their reunion together with brothers, Prentiss Edward McPhate, and Thomas Irby (Tim) McPhate, and her closest ally and sister, Frances Elizabeth (Betty) McPhate Wallace.

Big Mama loved her family and was most joyous when all were gathered together around a table. She was known for always having candy, cookies, and special treats readily available for her guests. Some of the family’s favorites were her coconut cakes, banana pudding, and ham!

The family is entrusting Laird Funeral Home in Natchez, MS for arrangements.  

A graveside service will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. at Greendale Cemetery, 12790 McNair Rd. NW, Roxie, MS  39661.  

Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, she has requested donations be made to the Greendale Cemetery Fund c/o Larry Rollins 111528 McNair Rd. NW Roxie, MS 39661

Amen for a life thoroughly enjoyed.

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