Albert Scott III
Albert Scott III
Albert Scott III

Obituary of Albert Scott III

 

 

            Albert W. Scott III, 70, of Carrollton died Sunday, October 1, 2017, at his residence.

            Born Sept. 4, 1947, at St. Louis Jewish Hospital in Missouri, he was the son of Albert W. Scott II and June (Thompson) Scott. He married the former Annette Merkle of Carrollton on March 25, 1982, in St. Louis and she survives.

            Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters and two son-in-laws, Michelle and Dennis LaMarsh of Jerseyville, and Casey and Tim Nelson of Carrollton; three grandchildren, Mackenzie and Adalynn LaMarsh, and Crew Albert Nelson; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Esther and Alan Baldwin of Peoria, Ariz., Suzanne Scott of Carrollton, and Betty Jean Bamberg of Dayton, Ohio.

            Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother-in-law, Rev. Gordon Bamberg.

            An Air Force brat, Mr. Scott’s family was stationed in the Azores Islands, New Mexico, Maine, Utah, Japan and New Jersey, prior to settling in Carrollton in 1963. He graduated in 1965 from Carrollton High School, and from Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1969.

Mr. Scott served in the US Air Force from 1969 to 1973, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. While in the USAF, he was stationed at Lackland AFB in Texas, and at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai AB in Thailand.

After completing military service Mr. Scott returned to Carrollton, where his father was editor of the Carrollton Gazette-Patriot weekly newspaper. The two worked together until A.W. Scott II died April 3, 1997, at which time Al became editor and publisher of the paper. Following in a family tradition, Al became the third generation to serve in this position. Al Scott sold the newspaper’s subscription list in 2007, but continued as publisher of the Greene County Shopper and the Jersey County Shopper. The Carrollton Gazette-Patriot had been owned by the Scott family for 77 years and had been the oldest published weekly newspaper in the State of Illinois.

Mr. Scott was a long-time member of Carrollton First Baptist Church, where he taught an adult Sunday School class for more than 30 years and sang in the church choir.

Al Scott’s wishes were that his remains be cremated. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Carrollton First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Al Heger presiding. The family suggests that memorial gifts be made to Carrollton First Baptist Church and Carrollton Food Pantry.