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James Benjamin Scott
© Trout Funeral Home
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

© Trout Funeral Home

James (Jim) Benjamin Scott, Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Alliance Health Hospital, following a sudden illness. He was 91 years old. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 2 pm, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 with Rev. Mike Smith, pastor, officiating. Funeral services are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.

Jim was born in Muskegon, MI, on September 30, 1925 to George Robert Scott and Mary Frances Hester Scott. The family moved to Waco, TX where he received his schooling, graduating from Waco High School. He promptly enlisted with the Army Air Corp, serving as a gunner until his honorable discharge in 1945, in Jacksonville, FL. While in Jacksonville, Jim met Ouita Elizabeth Via and they married on August 18, 1946 in Jackson, MS. They resided in Waco and Houston, TX then moved to Ponca City in December of 1954.

The move to Ponca City came with Jim's employment with Continental Oil Co. His career spanned more than 30 years and covered many different responsibilities. As a Sr. Research Chemist, Jim invented Ruffcote in 1967, a product that was used around the world to coat pipelines to prevent oil and gas leaks, should a pipe break. Jim spend several years traveling the world upholding the patent on this product and ended his career, at Conoco Inc., helping with the design & construction of the R&D West building.

Jim was a lifetime member of the society of Petroleum Engineers and AIME (American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, & Petroleum Engineers). He was also a Ponca City Noon Lion and served 3 years as the treasurer. Prior to having children of their own, Jim was a mentor to many young men coaching many football and basketball youth leagues. After his son grew up, Jim volunteered as a Boy Scout leader for the troop at First United Methodist Church. Jim and 5 friends made annual trips to Canada to enjoy the wonderful fishing there. He also enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles and playing gold. He had 3 Hole-In-One shots in his lifetime and received the Johnny Walker Golf International Hole-In-One Award upon hitting the third. He was never more proud than when his 10 year old grandson hit his first Hole-In-One during junior golf at the Ponca City Country Club in 2005. His grandsons were the greatest joy of his life!

He is survived by his daughter, Claire L. Scott, and her sons, Matthew A. Ware Jr. and Thomas E. Ware, all of Ponca City; two sisters, Mary Edwards of Eastland, TX and Ruth Bate of San Antonio, TX, and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Ouita, son David E. Scott, parents, George R. and Mary F. Scott, a brother and sister-in-law George R. (Bob) Scott and wife Rochelle, two brothers-in-law, J.Q. Edwards and Phil Bate.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Caring Fund, 200 S. 6th St, Ponca City, OK 74601 or Ponca City Noon Lions, Eye Glass Assistance Project, P.O. Box 532, Ponca City, OK 74602.

Ouita Elizabeth Via Scott
© Trout Funeral Home
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

© Trout Funeral Home

Ouita Elizabeth (Via) Scott, Ponca City resident, died Saturday, February 12, 2005 at her residence. She was 83. Arrangements are pending with Trout Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 16, 2005 with the Rev. Dr. J.D. Ward, Pastor, officiating.

Ouita was born in Wilson, AR, on October 20, 1921 to Thomas Ira Via and Lucy Elizabeth Hughes Via. The family moved to Jackson, MS where she received her schooling, graduating from Central High School and she attended Belhaven College for 2 years. She joined the U.S. Naval Reserves (WAVES) in 1945 and was stationed at Hunter College, New York City, U.S. Naval Air Stations in Chicago and Jacksonville, FL. She was honorably discharged in 1946 as Pharmacist’s Mate. 3rd Class in Jacksonville.

Ouita married James B. Scott on August 18, 1946 in Jackson, MS. They resided in Jacksonville, FL, Waco and Houston, TX, and moved to Ponca City in December 1954. Always interested in learning and school, she attended Baylor University for several semesters, took a correspondence course in creative writing from OU, and earned her AAS (Associate Applied Science) degree in Medical Laboratory Technician.

A life long Methodist, she served in many offices and taught church school for 20 years. A past president of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service, she was a member of United Methodist Women. She was active in Cub Scouts and Camp Fire Girls when her children were involved. Her work experience was as a Medical-Legal secretary and the last position held was with the Kay Guidance Center.

Her hobbies were sewing, handwork, knitting, travel and keeping trip journals, reading, bridge, walking and golf. She was a member of the Ponca City Country Club Women’s Golf Association. Ouita’s family was her source of pleasure, service, and love. Her abiding faith in God was her anchor in life.

She is survived by her husband, James B. Scott, of the home at 1605 Dover Dr. She is also survived by her son, David E. Scott, daughter, Claire L. Scott, and two grandsons, Matthew A. Ware, Jr. and Thomas E. Ware all of Ponca City; a sister, Dean Spence of Jackson, MS, two sisters-in-law, Mary Edwards and Ruth Bate of Waco, TX, and several nieces and nephews.

Ouita was preceded in death by her mother, Lucy H. Via, step-mother Isabelle G. Via, and her father, Thomas I. Via.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 200 S. 6th, Ponca City, OK 74601, Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 N. Union Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601 or Oklahoma Medical Research in Oklahoma City.

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