Rev. Cessar L. Scott, Sr.

Sunrise: February 28, 1945

Sunset: April 28, 2019

Rev. Cessar Lenia Scott, Sr.


Falls Church–Rev. Cessar L. Scott, Sr., the son of the late Cessar Liggins and the late Hazel V. Scott, departed on April 28, 2019 peacefully in his sleep.  He was born in Portsmouth, Virginia where he received his elementary and secondary education.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, majoring in history and government.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University’s Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology and a Master of Educational Administration and Supervision degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Rev. Scott’s service in ministry included: Pastor of New Bridge Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia; Associate Director of Campus Ministry for the Virginia Baptist General Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Executive Minister of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia.  Through his thirty-three years of leadership at the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, he was able to support many other state and national institutions including: the Children’s Home of Virginia Baptists, Inc; Virginia One Church, One Child Adoption Program; the Chaplains Prison Ministry, the United Negro College Fund, the Progressive National Convention, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention.

He also served on many statewide and national boards including the Virginia Union University Board of Trustees, the Council for America’s First Freedom, the Corporate Board of the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the Virginia Council of Churches, the NAACP Virginia State Conference, and the Executive Committee of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention.

Rev. Scott, a devoted husband and father, is survived by his wife of 51 years Shirleva Marie Bagley Scott; his children Dr. Cessar L. Scott, Jr. (Gillis) and Dr. Lisa M. Hutchinson (Nicky); his siblings Carmela Hardy, Aaron K. Scott (Donna), Spencer Scott III (Ozella), John R. Scott, Jr. (Janet), Rev. Hazel Greenhowe, Karl Marcus Scott, Victor Liggins (Yvette), Cecelia Thompson (Leonard), Joslyn Collins (Jimmy), and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service Saturday, May 4, 2019 11:00am St. Peter Baptist Church 2040 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 Dr. Kirkland R. Walton, Pastor Entombment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23320 Services are entrusted to Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Boulevard

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    Yvonne Robinson-Free says

    We are praying for the family. Rev. Scott was a devoted Pastor and loving friend and adopted son in the Robinson family for many years. We love you all. Sincerely, The family of the late Matthew Robinson.

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      Samuel Rhoades says

      Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this hour of bereavement .

      Samuel and Dianne Rhoades

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    Brother Lamont Simmons says

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends, colleagues and neighbors on the passing of the beloved Cessar. He is sorely missed.

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    Phillip and Audrey Ward says

    My Condolences are with the families. May God comfort and give all Love, Peace, and understsnding. May his legacy live on through all who loved him. He will be missed.

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    Brandi says

    To the Scott family,

    I am so sorry for your unfortunate loss. Fortunately, however, the Bible holds out a real hope for out dead loved ones. Jesus said at John 5:28, 29 that there would be a resurrection of all those in the memorial tombs. Yes, you all will be able to see your loved one again and on a paradise earth. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful hope, please visit jw.org

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    Sheila Palmer says

    Rev. Cessar Scott was a great leader, and he was a passionate man for God`s missions in the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. I know he is resting in the Lord. `May the Work I done Speak For Me.` He has done great things for God. Psalm 1: 1-6

    With Sympathy,
    Ms. Sheila Palmer
    Pocomoke City, MD.

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