Founding pastor leaves a legacy

Published 6:29pm Monday, August 18, 2014

After a lifetime spreading the word of Christ, Joy Baptist founder Ken Scott has died. 

Ken died Saturday at the age of 82. Funeral services for Ken will be at Joy Baptist Temple Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mike Beard and Kenny Hatcher officiating.

Joy Scott, Ken’s wife of 62 years, said Ken was a lovely person dedicated to Christ, his family, and his passion for model airplanes and racecars.

“He called me in there the other day and told me, ‘Joy, I just want to tell how good of a wife you’ve been,’” Joy said with a shaky voice as tears rolled down her face. “That is just the type of person he was. He always thought about the other person.”

Ken founded Joy Baptist Temple in 1975 and served as pastor until he retired in 2010, Joy said. She said Ken’s ministry went far beyond the pulpit.

“He felt like it was a calling,” Joy said. “He felt he had to witness to everybody he came in contact with, because you might be the chosen one.”

WDXX on-air personality George Henry recalled the 30 plus years Ken would stop by the station to record ministry material for Ken’s radio program. During that time, Ken and Henry developed a close friendship.

“He had an amazing impact on quite a number of people, and I don’t think he realized how deep of an impact that he had,” Henry said.

Ken co-owned B and S Auto Parts, where he repaired and built racecars, until it was sold in the 1970s.

He also owned the Grace Lane Hobby Shop, where he sold model airplanes.

Survivors include wife Betty Joy Scott, daughter-in-law Wanda Scott, granddaughters Ashley Scott and Michelle Smith, grandson Clay Ross and seven great-grandchildren.

Thursday’s burial will be at New Live Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday at Selma Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m.

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