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ERNEST LINDSEY SCOTT

Ernest Lindsey Scott (7/24/16 - 7/21/14) was an only child born to Lillian and Lamar Scott. He didn't have a privileged life, but he was loved by his mother and father and specifically his aunts Martha and Francis, to whom he was their child too. He also had loving uncles, so his early life was full of love.

Ernie loved old cars, and since his dad was a mechanic, his youth was spent working on cars with his father and enjoying drag races and car shows. He also loved Jimmy Buffett music and anything to do with the ocean.

He married Janice Taylor Scott on May 26, 1979 and they spent 35 loving years together. Once their son, Brent Suddeth, graduated from high school and was in college, they both embarked on an adventure neither will ever forget or regret.

Nearly 13 years were spent living their dreams in Key West, Fla. Ernie started out working at the La Concha Hotel, then the Casa Marina Hotel and Sheridan Suites. He then worked for the Monroe County Sheriff's office, first in the jail and later as a background investigator. He achieved the rank of Sergeant in the Monroe County Sheriff's Reserve (Auxiliary) Division. This experience in law enforcement was the highlight of his life and the people he met there are people he will always love.

In 2005, after two years of really bad hurricane seasons, Ernie and Jan moved back to Georgia. Brent and his wife had just given the Scotts their first grandchild on the morning that Katrina blew through Key West on her way to New Orleans. By early January 2006, Ernie was retired and both were living in Cartersville, Ga., then eventually Canton, Ga.

In February 2014 they were given the news that Ernie was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia. He passed away peacefully on July 21, 2014 at age 67.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Janice, their children Brent and Marci Suddeth and grandchildren Shayna, Eli and Lila Suddeth. Also surviving are uncles, aunts and cousins. In Key West, his surrogate son/brother Joey Finch, and surrogate sister Kristy Hernandez.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, lbda.org, in Ernie's name.