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Ike Lenfield Scott
August 18, 1927 - December 11, 2023
The voice that we loved is silent now, and stilled is the helpful hand,
But we know that God will use them both in that wonderful, heavenly land,
Though we say “he is dead”, he still lives on in our memories tender and true,
And the cadence of his voice still rings, our faith and hope to renew.
Ike Lenfield Scott, the son of the late Rev. Herbert and Inez (Spencer) Scott was born on August 18,1927 in Scott County, Forest Mississippi. The oldest of four children, he was predeceased by his sister Carrie Scott Deering. He was also predeceased by his son-in-law Benjamin Raymond, Jr. Ike grew up and was educated in Forest, Mississippi, and was very active in basketball and football and always wanted to boast that it was under the direction of principal and coach Professor E. T. Hawkins.
Ike enlisted in the United States Navy, from which he received a World War II Victory Medal. He trained in Bainbridge, Maryland, served on the SS Swanee and the USS Elizabeth C. Stanton; traveled to Liverpool, England and La Havre, France, returned to San Diego, California, was transferred to Boston where he received an Honorable Discharge and decided to make Massachusetts his home.
He joined Peoples Baptist Church under the pastorship of Rev. Dr. Richard M. Owens, and became affiliated with the Usher Board on which he was still actively serving. Bro. Ike also served as a Trustee. Ike loved his church family and enjoyed being called on at church functions to be an orator of his “stories of humor.”.
After being employed in various positions in the Cambridge-Boston area, Ike attended the Boston Police Academy and joined the Boston Police Force. (Ike turned down an offer to serve on the Boston Fire Department). Moonlighting in his own entrepreneurship, he later left the Police Department to establish a business in automobile sales and reconditioning in Medway, Mass., known as Ike’s Auto Reconditioning. He was later employed at Mass. Water Resources from which he retired in 2011. Not wanting to remain idle, he obtained his license as a Boston Taxi Driver.
Ike enjoyed his fraternal organizations. He was made a Master Mason in June of 1957 in Mt. Moriah Lodge, F. & A.M., and was elected as Worshipful Master in 1963 and again in 1968, and 1994 - 1996 He served the Grand Lodge in the capacities of Grand Standard Bearer (4 years), Deputy Grand Lecturer (2 years), and District Deputy Grand Master (2 years) .He served as Illustrious Commander-in-Chief of Holy Sepulchre Consistory in 1984, and was elevated to Thirty-third Degree in the Class of 1988. Other Masonic affiliations include St. Phillips Chapter, Holy Royal Arch Masons and Syria Temple AEAONMS (Shriners). He is a Past Worthy Patron of Mt. Moriah Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, served the Grand Chapter as Grand Trustee, Assistant Grand Lecturer, and is/was a proud and productive Past Worthy Grand Chapter.
Ike is a Past Exalted Ruler of Massasoit Lodge, IBPOEW (Elks) of Cambridge, Mass., and member of the Past Exalted Rulers Council of Massachusetts.
Ike was renowned for his special scrumptious barbecued pig’s feet, the recipe for which he never shared. They came from near and far and couldn’t wait to devour (“pig out”) on Ike’s “pig feet”. And Ike loved preparing them. He was a proud cook of what he always said Sis. Truell called “Ike’s concoctions”. And he always made enough to store some in the freezer at home.
Ike loved it when he was called on to “perform” – any and everywhere what he called his stories. He would always say “I don’t tell jokes, I tell stories”. He could have been famously discovered, perhaps emceeing Family Feud. He will always be remembered, loved, missed, cherished. Let the work he did, the life he lived, the service he gave, the people he touched, speak for him. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
His race well run, his work well done, his crown well won, and now he rests.
Ike leaves to cherish precious memories, his beloved wife (50 years mins 3 weeks) Elsie; his son Joseph Baber, Boston; daughters Sylvia Raymond, Kristen Baber; their mother Morell Baber Fonfield of Toledo, Ohio; sisters Mellie Connor (Norman) of San Antonio, Texas; Zennie Crudup of Minnetonka Minnesota; grandchildren A’drema Raymond and Renjamin Raymond 3rd; great-grandchildren Ne’Vaeh, Benjamin 4th, Blessence and Jaxon Raymond. Step-sons Donald, Richard and Neil Harding; sisters-in-law Myrtle Thornhill and Mary Catherine Thornhill; nieces, nephews, other relatives, dear friends, church family and masonic family.
The mighty oak retains its vigor for ages but falls at last.
Let us be encouraged and comforted that this is Ike’s time of rest.