James Julius Scott, Jr.

James Julius Scott, Jr.

Friday, February 9th, 1934 - Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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James Julius Scott, Jr. was made whole in heaven on July 16, 2020. He was married to Florence Richardson Scott for nearly 62 years, father to Mary Scott Smith (Greg), Julie Scott Fox (Rick), and James Julius Scott III (Destiny), and “Papa” to eight grandchildren, Anna, Lilly, Julia, Leah, and Grayson Smith, and Rebecca, Hannah-Kate, and Caleb Fox.

Julius, also known as “JJ”, was born to Julius, Sr and Laverne on February 9, 1934 and raised on a farm in Scottdale, Georgia with his brother David and sister Mary. Around the age of eight, Julius accepted Jesus as his Savior, to whom he clung all his life.

As a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, Julius became assistant to the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian church in Atlanta, GA, his future father-in-law John R. Richardson and the first director of Camp Westminster. There he got to know Dr. Richardson’s’s daughter, Florence, and promptly asked her to be his secretary as well as camp pianist. By the end of the summer, they were engaged. Florence was his “best friend” and in a letter written 34 years after they married, he described her as “at the human level...God’s greatest gift.”

After pastoring a Brandon, MS church for a few years, he began graduate study in Manchester, England, where their first daughter Mary was born. While finishing the difficult PhD program, he built the Bible department at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, and welcomed their daughter Julie. Over his career of teaching New Testament studies and theology, Jewish background of the New Testament, early church history, and hermeneutics, he taught at Western Kentucky University, during which time their son James was born, and his longest tenure was at his alma mater, Wheaton, from 1977-2000. Julius wrote two books about his field of study, Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament and New Testament Theology: A New Study of the Thematic Structure of the New Testament.

Julius loved the Bible and teaching it. A former student recalled that in a passionate moment of teaching, he jumped on his desk and ripped off his tie, revealing it to be a clip on, the only type of tie he would tolerate. Mary remembers that years later, Julius once spoke to a group of homeschool students about the Bible and archeology, holding his Bible close and saying, “I LOVE my Bible!”

In recent years, as Julius’s mind was starting to dim and communication began to be more difficult, he would want to tell people who didn’t know him at a younger age something about who he was. He would always begin with his struggles in elementary school, which he later found were due to dyslexia. He would trace that thread through his education and would culminate with the day he first stepped, nervous and uptight, into the classroom as professor. He would say that when he opened class in prayer and then started teaching, he felt the spirit of God on him and knew this was what he was called to do--“like a puzzle piece snapping into place.”

After his retirement in 2000, Julius and Florence traveled to countries such as Costa Rica, Egypt, and Malta to teach short-term classes. He also maintained a library of biblical and theological studies materials, which grew to 6800 books and 1700 periodicals, now donated to Reformed Theological Seminary - Houston. He passed on to his eight grandchildren his love of ice cream, from homemade grape ice cream to Klondike bars.

Julius was a humble man and very tenderhearted, often weeping when he talked about his Savior. We rejoice that he is with his parents, sister Mary, many of the close friends he made throughout the years, and most of all, his Jesus. There will be a family burial at Decatur Cemetery in Decatur, GA on July 21. A memorial service will be held on July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Community Church in Montreat, NC. A live stream of the memorial service will be available at the church website:

Memorial contributions may be directed to Wycliffe USA account number: 213423, Austin and Margrit Hale in memory of Dr. J. Julius Scott for the publication costs of the Newar Bible.
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    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 10:30am
    Christ Community Church
    396 Geneva Place
    MONTREAT, NC 28757
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Margaret Curtis-Howe

Posted at 06:46pm
Florence, Mary, Julie and James, thank you for sharing JJ with me. He has been an amazing friend. I love you all. Precious memories.

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Margaret Curtis-Howe

Posted at 12:21pm
What a wonderful memorial service for Julius. So fitting. Who could have imagined masks and remote viewing? I was in tears just listening to the pianist at the beginning! And many times during the service. It was wonderful to see and hear the grandchildren. The poem written by Julie's daughter is exceptional - captures the moment at that time. It was reassuring to see John Akers. He spoke well and from the heart. The minister did a great job bringing everything together. Yes the hugs and the crowded church were missing, but for me the memories are vivid and how special to be able to participate in the celebration from my own home. Travel for me would have been impossible for many reasons apart from Covid-19. So thank you for setting up live streaming. I wonder how many other people were participating. Florence and all of you - my love and my sympathies at this difficult time.

This picture is 1973 in Julius' WKU office, Grise Hall. I moved to the US in 1972 so this is one of my earliest memories of teaching together. We were so young in those days!

Mary Smith Posted at 11:07am

So glad you were able to watch the service, Margaret! I am surprised to see my dad in a shirt of that color! Maybe 1973 was his dress-a-little-wilder year!

Margaret Curtis-Howe

Posted at 10:54pm
I first met Julius in the library at the University of Manchester in the early 1960s when we were both enrolled in graduate studies. He and Florence invited me to dinner at their apartment on Barlow Moor Road. I visited Mary when she was born in the UK. What an amazing friendship to have lasted all these years! I am so privileged to have been included in the circle of this special family. My first visit to the United States was a visit to the Scott home in Jackson Mississippi. Julie was born by then, and we all traveled together to Florida. It was Julius that recommended me for a position at Western Kentucky University and I was here in Bowling Green when James was born. I moved to Bowling Green in 1972 and have remained here ever since. Florence I love you so much and I know you are having a hard time right now. I'm thankful that you have Mary and Julie and James to comfort you. Mary and Julie and James I love you too and am praying for you and for your families.

I placed a black and white photo in the album from 1967, another of JJ sitting in a church somewhere dated May 13, 1989, and a third with me and Sydney (!) and Julius and Florence that I think was taken November 2000.

Mary Smith Posted at 11:06am

I love it that you wrote down this history, Margaret! You have always been an important part of the family. Thank you for sharing the pictures. The one dated May 13, 1989 was at Greg's & my wedding, probably beforehand.

Mary Smith Posted at 11:08am

I love that black & white photo of us with you in England! A different time...

Julie Fox Posted at 10:57pm

This memories are gems for us, Margaret. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for loving our family. You are woven into our family for almost 60 decades! Thanks for the photos - more treasures. With love. Julie

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