Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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August 2, 2013

Noble man reflects back on 102 years

Fred Scott is a noble man — literally and figuratively.

The 102-year-old resident of the Noble Health Center is modest about his personal and professional accomplishments. After only a few minutes in his presence, you’ll know he’s a prince.

With a sharp mind and an incredible memory, Fred recalls a lifetime of love, caring, and sharing. He even spells out the word “love” to make sure he’s understood and the word gets the appropriate respect it deserves.

Fred loved his late wife, Lula. During the last three years of their 67 years of marriage, Fred expressed his love with continual home care for Lula in her paralyzed state.

“He’d turn her every two hours and cooked and cleaned. That house was spotless,” said his youngest daughter, Carrie Black.

Simultaneously, Fred also was the caregiver for a blind aunt who lived two doors down.

When asked why, Fred’s standard answer is, “That’s what love does.”

“If Lula and I wanted to go somewhere, I’d just pick her up and put her in the car.”

Until last year, Fred was still living in his own home and tooling around town in his Oldsmobile Cutlass. Most of his driving was to church, where he taught Sunday school and served as a deacon for more than 70 years.

“I led the singing, too,” Fred said.

Fred provided the transportation to church for two of his widowed neighbors until his daughter took his keys away.

“That car ran like a top. I don’t know why she took the keys away,” he said with a smile. “I’ve never been arrested.”

Many of church members and choir members visit Fred daily at his home in the Noble Health Center, a part of the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers.

“He gets an average of three to four visits a day,” his daughter said.

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