John was born on September 30, 1951, in Marion Indiana to the late Nona & Eddie Scott. John left this life on Christmas Eve due to complications of Covid-19. John was also known as “Spooky” a name that he acquired due to his complexion at birth, “Sratch” a name that stuck from Denver and “Jamal” a chosen name. John was a person that often walked to the beat of his own drum. John enjoyed watching and participating in many sports and hands-on activities, if you were to listen to John explain his level of participation he was the MVP in each and every sport. John attended Central High School where he graduated in 1970. After graduating from High School, John got married to Nita Babb and had their first child, Channing in December of that same year.
In 1971, John was drafted into the United States Army. He severed in the Military during the Vietnam Era. After being discharged from the service, John moved to Denver Colorado to live with his oldest brother Jesse. He lived there for 6 years enjoying life to the fullest. He traveled to many western states seeing the USA in true John style! John returned to the Midwest and ultimately went to Indiana University in Bloomington where he enrolled as a student and lived for several years. While in Bloomington, John met and had a special relationship with Sean and Scott May serving as a mentor/father figure to them. In Bloomington, John worked at several different restaurants serving as a cook. He would always comment as to how good of a chef he was. When he returned to Fort Wayne, he continued to polish up on his culinary skills. He took his entrepreneurial skills and opened his first food building called the “Da Real Deal”, The Famous hot dog stand on South Anthony, and was currently co-owner of Nona’s Soul Food Restaurant.
John was loved by many! He was a father, uncle, brother, and friend to so many that were not biologically related. He was often asked advice from others and was always willing to share his wisdom. John loved a good debate/argument and would often say something just to get you to disagree for the sake of an argument. He loved using his mind and getting in your head….if you let him. Having the mindset of being a critical thinker, the game of chess was truly a pastime that he enjoyed.
John leaves to cherish in his memory his wife Nita Babb, sons, Channing Scott and John J. Scott, Daughters Tanisha Scott and Anitera Fowler (Clearwater, FL). Siblings Luther Betties (Gladys, Loxahatchee, FL), Jesse Scott (Denver, CO), Karen Scott-Patterson, Rory Scott, Marvin Perkins, Keith Scott, and Twyla Scott-Williams all of Fort Wayne. John also leaves a plethora of grandchildren, great-grandchildren nephews and nieces, along with two Special sons, Quantez and Nicholaus Scroggins.
John was preceded in death by his sister Deborah Kay Scott and his parents, Nona and Eddie Scott.