FERRUM - A pillar of the Franklin County community passed away this week at his home. Many in the area knew Leo Scott as a man heavily involved in everything that makes Franklin County great - from farming to business to public safety. His family will receive friends at 1 p.m. at Vaughn Chapel on the campus of Ferrum College Wednesday. A memorial service follows at 2 p.m. Burial will be at St. James cemetery. A portion of Scott's obituary follows.
Leo Hamilton Scott, 84, of Ferrum passed away at his home February 6, 2017. Leo was born on July 5 th , 1932 on the campus of Ferrum Training Institute, now Ferrum College, where his father served as Farm Manager for many years. After graduating from Ferrum College in 1951, he worked at the Angle Silk Mill before founding Leo Scott Cabinets, Inc. in 1953. For 37 years, he supplied custom cabinets to many homes and businesses throughout the Southeast. In 1983, Leo purchased ten Red Angus cattle and started KC Farms, growing his herd to become one of the largest breeders and sellers of registered Red Angus in Virginia. A hard-working, humble, faithful and generous man who exemplified his beloved alma mater’s motto, “not self but others”, Leo was a pillar of the community. He served in many leadership roles over the years. He was a founding member of both the Ferrum Rescue Squad and the Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department. For many years he served on the board of the Ferrum Water & Sewage Authority. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Carter Bank and Trust, as well as an active member and trustee of St. James United Methodist Church. In 2001, Leo was awarded Ferrum College’s highest alumni award, the Benjamin M. Beckham Medallion. In 2013, he was named Franklin County’s Farmer of the Year by the Franklin County Retail Merchants Association.