Calvin `Billy' Scott, 81

Truck driver, veteran

October 30, 2007

Calvin "Billy" Scott, a retired truck driver and World War II veteran, died of cancer Wednesday at a hospice in Phoenix, Ariz. The former Randallstown resident was 81.

Mr. Scott was born in Baltimore and raised on Falls Road in the original Cross Keys neighborhood that was named after an 18th-century inn that stood on what was then the Falls Road Turnpike.

He was a sixth-generation member of the Scott family, which settled in Maryland in 1765 and later moved to Bare Hills. The prominent family later founded St. John's Church in Ruxton in 1833.

He attended Frederick Douglass High School until 1942, when he left to work in a defense plant in New York City. He was drafted into the Army and served in Germany as a driver.

Mr. Scott, who spoke German fluently, family members said, returned to Germany in 1984 and 1985, to revisit scenes from his wartime days.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and worked in his father's Falls Road scrap yard before taking a job as a truck driver. He later worked for Carolina Freight Carriers for 25 years before retiring in 1991.

He was a member of Teamsters Local 557 and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Mr. Scott earned a private pilot's license, co-owned a plane, and was a member of the Aircraft Owners Pilots Association.

"We flew to the Bahamas, Florida, Vermont, Virginia and New Jersey, among many other trips," said his wife of 57 years, the former Dolores Brown.

Mr. Scott, who had lived in Sun City West, Ariz., since 1994, enjoyed touring in his motor home, sailing and playing poker.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.

Also surviving are a brother, Morton Scott of Baltimore; a sister, Mary Ann Washington of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

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