Billy "Boots" Scott

Born in Madison, TN on January 15, 1942

Departed on October 15, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mr. Billy “Boots” Scott, age 77, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on Tuesday October 15th, 2019. Funeral services for Mr. Scott will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church with interment to follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. The family will receive visitors at Hendersonville First United Methodist on Friday, October 18th from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday morning October 19th from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m.

Billy was born in Old Hickory, TN and a graduate of DuPont High School and Middle Tennessee State University.  He was lovingly known as “Boots” by friends and family.  An excellent athlete, he was inducted into the DuPont Hall of Fame as a basketball player. A longtime resident of Hendersonville, he was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church and Bluegrass Country Club.  He had a passion for coaching which he fulfilled by being a teacher and coach at Hawkins Junior High and Beech High School from its opening in 1980 until his retirement.  He was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Beech High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  After retirement, he enjoyed spending time playing golf, traveling, playing cards with friends, and spoiling his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents John Scott & Bessie Raymer, brothers Donnie Scott and  Jimmy Scott, and nephew Sean McGowan. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Mrs. Gail McGowan Scott, daughter Julie (Corey) Barnard, daughter Kathy (Heath) Crawford, and son Billy Scott Jr.; grandchildren Michael Barnard, Cortney Barnard, Alison Crawford and Erin Crawford; brother Jerry (Patsy) Scott, brother-in-laws Leslie McGowan, and Bobby (Sally) McGowan, niece Sarah (William) Jennings as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will include: Jeff Lovell, Dicky Moran, Michael Barnard, Heath Crawford, Corey Barnard, Johnny Lynn, and Dennis Dean.  Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Rager, Doug Hall, Jerry Vradenburg, Zollie Sircy, Larry Harrison, Steve Briggs, Johnny Moore, Tony Congiardo, Kenneth & Patsy Weatherford, The Bluegrass Garden Club, Rebecca Lunsford & Poe Williams Sunday School Class.

Boots was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Beech High School athletics (checks can be made out to BHS Athletics/CO Boots, 3126 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville, TN 37075) or Hendersonville First United Methodist Church.

Hendersonville First United Methodist Church is located at 217 E Main St, Hendersonville, TN 37075. For more information please visit our website at

31 Comments to Billy "Boots" Scott

  1. Tom kilpatrick
    October 16, 2019 6:36 pm

    Gail and family
    So sorry to hear about Boots.he certainly will be missed. I am sure he has found the no 1 tee in the hereafter country club. We will see him again. Love to all
    Tom kilpatrick

  2. Frank Cardwell
    October 16, 2019 8:36 pm

    RIP my friend!! What a great legacy you left behind!! While at Beech I could not count the people that told me of help that Coach Scott had given them!! Truly a great man!!

  3. Autre Dye Cooper
    October 16, 2019 8:41 pm

    I will always remember my first official pedicure and manicure was on this loving soul.I was so nervous he had me laughing and at ease within minutes.I have such wonderful memories of Coach Scott.

  4. Mike Snyder
    October 16, 2019 8:59 pm

    I will miss him . I have known him since i was in 7th grade at Hawkins then again at Beech .

  5. Allen Richardson
    October 16, 2019 9:01 pm

    Gail and family,
    I’m sorry to learn of Boots passing. He was a good man and loved by all. He will be missed by a world of people.
    Allen Richardson

  6. Patty Gilbreath
    October 16, 2019 9:41 pm

    I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. But know that Coach Scott was a wonderful teacher and coach. He was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He will be greatly missed by a lot of people. Prayers for the family.
    Patty Gilbreath

  7. Lori L. Smith
    October 16, 2019 9:50 pm

    Gail and family,

    You and your family are in my thought and prayers, I knew him all through high school at Beech, I used to hang out with him before class starts he was very loyal person, coach and teacher, He was my ray of sunshine when I walked into school , I will miss him dearly.

  8. Ronnie Sarver
    October 16, 2019 10:51 pm

    While coaching at Goodpasture I met Boots Scott and liked him immediately. I never met anyone who didn’t. He was a fierce competitor as were his teams. They adopted his personality in that regard. But he was always a gentleman in both victory and defeat. I’m so grateful our paths crossed. He made a big footprint in this, and, surrounding communities.
    Condolences to his family, and especially his wife. She was the perfect wife for s Coach. RIP Coach

  9. Larry R Dattilo
    October 16, 2019 10:52 pm

    Prayers and condolences. R.I.P. Coach Scott.

  10. Danny Smith
    October 16, 2019 11:16 pm

    Saddened for the passing of Boots. He touched everyone he came in contact. His big smile was infectious. We all have great memories and stories of Boots.

    My condolences to Gail and family.

  11. hugh waddell
    October 17, 2019 1:25 am

    R.I.P. Coach Scott…
    Was proud to be a manager, on your 1972-73 HJHS Lakers basketball team.

    You were always kind and super friendly to me and everyone… while maintaining a “stop being a dummy, and get your act together” style with your students and players…

    You inspired us to be better at whatever we were doing, and inspired us to be…
    be just better… better people!!

    Thank you for the memories!

    Heard the back nine, at Pearly Gates Links course is a tough par… swing true, dear friend!

  12. Bambi Gilliland
    October 17, 2019 6:53 am

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Scott. He was a true , lovely, caring teacher, friend and Coach. He loved his students, he loved Coaching. Coach Scott inspired a lot of people along the way. I am praying for his wife and all of his family and friends. Rest in peace coach Scott till we meet again. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and all the stories.

  13. Melissa Jared Davis
    October 17, 2019 8:12 am

    RIP Coach Scott. I have fond memories of you as a teacher and coach from my Hawkins school days. A great man who I had so much respect for and touched so many lives.

  14. Elaine (Butts) Fox
    October 17, 2019 9:02 am

    Dear Gail and a family, we are out of town and I just got this notice about beloved Boots! I am so very sorry! As has been stated throughout these condolences, he was a loved man! Throughout my years of knowing him , I always found him to be kind and caring! I’m so sorry I will miss his service, but please accept my prayers and blessings!! He couldn’t have had a more wonderful family!
    Elaine (Butts) Fox

  15. Robbie Hammond
    October 17, 2019 10:19 am

    A true legend.his wisdom and class are admired by all he touched.godspeed to family and bluegrass c.c. Peace and love.

  16. Troy & Jean Ratcliff
    October 17, 2019 12:47 pm

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of such a great man and friend. May God Bless the family and give them peace.

  17. Brenda Bishop
    October 17, 2019 1:08 pm

    I was blessed to meet Coach Scott my first day at Hawkins as a seventh grader. He told me as I left class that day to tell my father (Jerry Graham) hello from “boots”. I loved hearing the story my dad told me of how he got his nickname growing up in Old Hickory. He will forever be remembered by many. I am sad for your loss.

  18. Betty and Ron Sine
    October 17, 2019 1:22 pm

    Gail and family, Ron and I are so sorry about Boots’ death, but know he is at peace and in no more pain. Boots has influenced so many lives and we praise God for that. Gail and family, We are praying God’s strength for you in the days ahead. Boots will be missed by lots of young adults, and older adults!

  19. Corky and Ann Chaffin
    October 17, 2019 2:12 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Gail and the family. We know these have been hard months, but finally Boots is free from suffering. We will be out of town this weekend, so will not be able to stop by and express our deepest sorrow for your loss. Our prayers will be with all of you.
    Corky and Ann Chaffin

  20. Michael Lesterll
    October 17, 2019 11:22 pm

    Coach Scott what can I say but it was thrill
    To be in your P.E.class and to find out about your passing really breaks my heart my sincere condolences go out to the family I’m deeply sorry about your loss coach scott was an amazing man and I’ll miss him dearly

  21. Lesley curtis
    October 17, 2019 11:58 pm

    ‘Hey Les!’ That’s what he always said when he passed me at the salon or when I was working at my garden at Fairways dr. He told me many times that I was the ‘hardest working woman he knew!’ Love you Coach!

  22. Donna McKeen (The Bug)
    October 18, 2019 9:15 am

    Thoughts and Prayers going out to the Scott family. Coach Scott was one of the sweetest people I know. I loved being in his class and being his friend. We had some very good times together when I was in school. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him..R.I.P Coach show em how to shoot hoops in Heaven…

  23. Angie Paisley
    October 18, 2019 5:19 pm

    He left quite a legacy! What an honor to have been coached by this amazing man! I am ever so grateful for him. My heart and prayers are with your family.
    Angie (Cothron) Paisley
    Class of 93

  24. Ron Brooks
    October 18, 2019 6:30 pm

    To the Scott Family

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Boots was an Old Hickory legend, a great athlete, coach, mentor and friend who always made others feel better after being around him

    Ron Brooks

  25. Wayne Slate
    October 18, 2019 8:06 pm

    Best person I’ve ever known, will miss Boots. RIP

  26. Adam Clark
    October 19, 2019 10:54 pm

    Coach Scott will always stand out in my mind as a man that gave me confidence that was needed in my High School days. He was a positive, uplifting spirit. To his family, I am sorry for your loss. Take Care

  27. Ilenecowden
    October 19, 2019 11:18 pm

    Boots was without exception the friendliest man!
    He was always complimentary. I remember when he was teaching golf to his Grandson. He was so proud.
    Always smiling and encouraging.
    Gail, I so sorry.

  28. Claudia Sanders
    October 20, 2019 5:33 pm

    Gail I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and the family. He was such a good man. He will be missed.

  29. Kristie (Scott) Irvin
    October 25, 2019 12:25 am

    My deepest condolences to Coach Scott’s family. I knew Coach from Beech days. We always joked about sharing the same last name. I dated his star basketball player and was a basketball cheerleader. Coach always gave me a pep talk before really important games to not get his star player flustered about anything, cause he needed him on mark! It always made me chuckle but I honored his request. We won State that year. I will always remember his kindness, guidance and happy smile. He truly and positively made a lasting impression on everyone. Heaven will be an even happier place now upon Coaches’ arrival……..

  30. Steven Baird
    October 25, 2019 10:17 pm

    Coach Scott was a class act . I’m glad I got to know you even though I don’t play basketball at least I to play golf with you at Blue Grass C.C. Thanks for everything Coach. Scott.(RIP)

  31. Richard Story
    November 15, 2019 8:16 am

    Thank you for for being positive tuff an pushing us to play harder wile claping an cheering you on .I’ll all way remember those days ..thay help me through life thank you sir!!

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