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Retired W.Va. Supreme Court Justice Scott dies

SPENCER, W.Va. — A retired circuit judge in Roane County and Supreme Court justice died Tuesday.

George Scott, 86, was appointed to the West Virginia Supreme Court in 1999 by Gov. Cecil Underwood and served until Dec. 31, 2000.

Scott was a life-long resident of Roane County where he was educated in one-room schools. He graduated from Walton High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946 to 1949.

He attended West Virginia University on the G.I. Bill and received his law degree in 1954, with honors, and was editor of the West Virginia Law Review. Scott became a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Ben Moore for one year, then became a partner with William S. Ryan in the Spencer firm of Ryan & Scott.

He was Roane County prosecuting attorney from 1956 to 1964 and was appointed judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. He was elected judge three times before retiring in 1987.

Scott argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Scott is survived by his grandson, Samuel Christian Scott, his daughter-in-law, Susan Scott, his sister, Mina Jo Varan, his brother, Basil Edward Scott, Jr., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna Darlene Moss Scott, his only child, Phillip Blair Scott, his brother, Charles Scott and his sister, Patsy Markwood Decker.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today.

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