Ret. USAF MSG James (Jay) W. Scott, of Spring Lake, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at the age of 88. After several months of declining health, Jay died with his beloved family by his side. Jay was born in Soso, Mississippi on February 8, 1933. He was the youngest of 5 siblings, and the only son. He joined the Air Force in November of 1952. His 26-year career carried him all over the world. He was stationed in France, Germany, Iceland, England, Washington, Tennessee, and finished his career at Pope Air Force Base. It was during those moves he met his beloved wife of 63 years Margarete. Jay was awarded numerous medals and citations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Korean Defense Service, Republic of Vietnam War Campaign, and the National Defense Medal while serving his country. Jay was a devoted father to his 5 daughters and spent time coaching their sports teams and providing rides to the local ice cream store for all the neighborhood children. His lifelong passion of birds often found him and his girls' wandering the woods to learn the names of every tree and bird they saw or heard. He was also a devoted country music fan who enjoyed singing in the car during the family road trips. Jay will be remembered for his beautiful blue eyes and kind compassionate spirit. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Margarete E. Scott; children Vera (Larry) Dodson; Bonnie (Rob Barclay) Scott; Sandra (Hal) Romans; Doris (Nik) Salem, Brenda Scott, his 6th daughter Ethel Puckett, his 8 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 1 great grandson, his fur buddy Pierre, and many members of his extended family. There will be a remembrance service honoring Jay's life on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 10:00 am at Adcock Funeral Home, Spring Lake. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00am to 10:00 am. Burial will immediately follow at Sandhills Veteran Cemetery with full honors. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, you consider making donations to your local Humane Society, Wounded Warriors, or the Audubon Society in his name. Services entrusted to Adcock Funeral Home and Crematory, Spring Lake.