DEMOPOLIS, Ala. – Marengo County Probate Judge Laurie Shoultz Hall has named a new coroner for Marengo County following an official appointment to replace a role vacated by elected coroner in December 2016.
John Scott, 27, a funeral director at Larkin and Scott Mortuary in Demopolis, was named the county’s new coroner Jan. 17. For Scott, it was a logical fit. He took over the family business as manager in 2013 following the passing of his father, Dr. Christopher Scott. In 2015, he became a licensed funeral director and embalmer and now runs day-to-day operations alongside his cousin and co-owner Kelvin Scott.
Scott said he was encouraged to apply for the vacated position and felt it would be a good fit considering his position as a funeral director. He is the fifth-generation of funeral directors at Larkin and Scott Mortuary, which has been in business for 109 years. “I felt this was an opportunity to serve. I had no doubts or bad feelings at all about seeking the position and felt God was leading me in the right direction,” he said.
Scott is a native of Demopolis, graduating from Demopolis High School in 2008. He went on to graduate from the University of Alabama with a business degree and followed that by earning his license for funeral directing and embalming from East Mississippi Community College.
Posted Feb. 8, 2017