Timothy Scott, Stanly County NAACP president and community leader, has died
Published 11:32 am Thursday, May 25, 2023
Timothy Scott, the president of the Stanly County NAACP, who also served numerous other roles within the community over the years, including as an Albemarle Police officer, died on May 17 after struggling with some major health concerns, according to his brother Kim Scott. He was 65.
“He was like my dad,” said Kim Scott, the Albemarle Public Housing director, who was nine years younger. “He always gave me those moments where he was just able to say the right things at the right time.”
As someone who always liked to stand out, Scott said his brother, as he got older, decided he wanted to go by “Tym.”
“He was so unique that he would do things like that,” Kim Scott said. “He marched to the beat of his own drum.”
Born in Albemarle in 1957, Scott graduated from Albemarle Senior High School in 1976 and later received his Associate of Arts degree from Stanly Community College. He received a business management degree from Wingate in 1982, according to his Facebook page.
He served as an associate minister at Union Chapel AME Zion Church in Albemarle and preached his final sermon on Mother’s Day, according to his obituary.
Scott had served as leader of the Stanly County branch of the NAACP since October 2018. Both the group, and the NC NAACP, passed resolutions this week honoring Scott and all that he accomplished.
He also founded Elite Social Club more than 30 years ago, which consisted of engaging several community service projects.
“They did so much work for this community,” Kim Scott said, including cleaning various parts of the county and cutting the grass of elderly residents.
Scott, who was a fan of the UNC-Chapel Hill athletics and the Las Vegas Raiders, was also a member of the City of Albemarle Planning Committee and a volunteer with Special Olympics.
“Tym was a very easy-going person who never complained about anything,” said longtime friend Brenda Stanback, who is also secretary of the local NAACP group. “He would give you the shirt off his back. He was a loving, kind, compassionate person.”
Albemarle Councilman Dexter Townsend, Scott’s brother-in-law, said he was “a very articulate and intelligent man with great character who lived a well balanced life inclusive of faith, family and community. He will truly be missed in all aspects.”
David Morgan, another friend of Scott’s, who knew him since the sixth grade, posted on Facebook about his kind and fun-loving nature, noting that “from first day we met, throughout High School and beyond, I was never with Tym that he wasn’t smiling, kidding around or just being a true friend.”
“His helpful and loving friendship to so many will be remembered for years to come,” Morgan added. “I hope that we can all learn to ‘live like Tym’ the rest of our days.”
Scott is survived by his wife of 42 years Angela, ten siblings, son Ladarius, daughters Tajuania and Jalil and several grandchildren, according to the obituary.
“We’re going to do our best to carry on his legacy,” Kim Scott said. “I miss him so much.”