Melvin Burnett Scott

November 5, 1937 ~ May 13, 2020 (age 82)


On November 5, 1937 in Magnolia Mississippi, Obie and Enda Scott had a set of fraternal twins, and one of them was Melvin Burnett Scott. Melvin attended and graduated from Url Bates High School, where he met his first wife Irene McClendon. 
Melvin and Irene married in the early 1960's, took a leap of faith and moved to Chicago, Illinois for a few years where they had their first son (Everett). Shortly after, they moved to Los Angeles, CA., and they added a daughter (Valerie) and another son (Burnett).
In 1971 Melvin and Irene dissolved their marriage, and he moved to San Diego, CA.
After getting settled, Melvin united with The New Hope Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. James Allison, Sr. Pastor.  Melvin was on the Usher Board, a dedicated Deacon, a Sunday school teacher and he was loved by so many for his whit, his simile and his charm. 
Melvin was a man if integrity, whose faith never wavered and he loved the lord with all his might.  He always said his job was to lead souls to the lord; and that he did!
A few years later, Melvin and Irene reconciled, she moved to San Diego, adding son, (Sterling) and daughter, (Florence) to the family. Some years later, the marriage was dissolved indefinitely. .
In 1984, Melvin reconnected with a middle school sweet heart (Claretha Baker), who lived in Oxnard, CA. with her 5 children.  After a few years of dating Melvin and Claretha got married and she moved to San Diego.
Melvin worked as an office manager at The Boatyard in Point Loma for many years. In 1986 Melvin decided to start his own currier business called Fastway Express.  This was a major mile stone for him because so many doubted him due to his physical disability.
Melvin was born with a rare disease called Hip Dysplasia, that caused an infraction in his hip joints.  Over time, he had several operations but nothing worked.  Eventually, the doctor fused both hips and one of his knees.  Because of the fusion, it altered the way he walked, but it never stopped him.  Others felt sorry
for him and thought he was handicap, when in fact he was handy capable! 
As of January, 2020, after 34 years of service to the greater San Diego County area, Melvin was forced to retire due to his declining health.  After a 30 day stay in the Hospital and fighting for his life, he was released under hospice and returned home with his daughter on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. They spent several hours laughing and talking to catch up.  However, as the evening progressed his health started to
decline.  The hospice nurses came and stayed with him, making him comfortable as possible.  His daughter never left his side.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the spirit and soul of Melvin Burnett Scott departed this life and was called home to be with the Lord. We know that he is a peace, and is no longer in pain.
He was preceded in death by his parents Obie and Edna Scott; and his loving wife Claretha Baker Scott.
Melvin leaves to mourn his loving memory: Sister, Melva Claudette Dillon, Sons Everett N. scott (Shelly), Burnett Scott, Sterling D. Brown, daughters, Valerie L. Scott, Florence I Basden (KD), Grand Children: Latonjila S. Freeman, Everett Scott Jr., Christopher Scott, Sterling D. Brown Jr., Alecia G. Sharpe, Adjah A. Mangum, Darrius A. Mangum, one unborn great grandchild, Step Children: Lisa McBride, (Clearance), Georgia Williams (Dave), Willie Chester Jr., and Marcee Mack (Leslie),  Scottie Chester, and a host of Nieces, Nephews, Great nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, family and neighbors.
The way he touched everyone's life will always be cherished, and we ask you keep his memory alive by keeping your faith and getting a closer relationship to the Lord!

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Funeral Service


Funeral Service
May 22, 2020

1:30 PM
California Cremation & Burial
California Cremation and Burial (FD Lic # 1357) 5880 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115

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