St. James’s chief deputy dies

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 6, 2001

PHOTO: FELLOW OFFICERS, including St. James Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. at center, salute the memory of St. James Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Elijah Scott Sr. during burial services Friday in Paulina. (Staff Photo by Rebecca Carrasco) PAULINA – Funeral services for Elijah Scott Sr., Chief Deputy with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office, were held June 1. Scott, who died May 26 at the age of 64 due to complications from heart surgery, was interred at Antioch Cemetery in Paulina, following funeral services at Evergreen Baptist Church. His tenure with the Sheriff’s Office began 28 years ago when he was hired as a road deputy under then-Sheriff Gordon Martin. “Elijah was such an asset to the organization,” Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. explained. “Because of his dedication and unselfishness, I appointed him as Chief Deputy on July 1, 1996.” Martin added Chief Scott was an outstanding deputy sheriff and a good friend. “Although he was hampered with health problems,” Martin said, “he seldom complained. His illness never kept him from work or service to his community.” Martin continued, “He was dedicated and loyal to the department and always kept the deputies’ best interest at heart,” and added, “He was a role model for all deputies who benefited from his wisdom and experience as a deputy sheriff.” Scott, a native and resident of Paulina, was the father of four daughters, five sons and two step-sons. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Catherine Ann Joseph Scott.