Thelma Bernice Scott was born on September 29, 1926 in East St Louis, Illinois to the union of Arthur C. Pettis Sr. and Olivia Bell.
Thelma was the oldest of three children. Her father, mother and brother, Arthur C. Pettis Jr. preceded her in death. Her sister, Prophetess Marilyn J. Buchanan is the only remaining sibling.
Thelma received her formal education from the East St. Louis School District.
She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1944.
Under the guidance of her parents, who started the Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church in their home at 2617 Tudor, East St Louis, Illinois, Thelma came to know Christ as her personal savior. After many years, she would become known as the oldest member of the church until her passing. Thelma B. Scott was called to eternal rest on August 14, 2018.
On October 25, 1944, Thelma Bernice Pettis entered into Holy Matrimony with the late Elbert Floree Buchanan. They were married for 42 years. To this union, five children were born, Myron, Rodney, Andrea, Pamela and Diedre. Elbert, Rodney and Diedre preceded her in death.
Thelma was a homemaker for 25 years, joining the work force later in life. Her passion was working with children and caring for seniors.
Thelma remained a widow for 11 years and then on January 19, 1997 married Andrew J. Scott. After 7 years of marriage, he preceded her in death.
On March 24, 2011, Thelma B Scott moved to Arlington, Texas, where she remained until her passing.
Those left to cherish her sweet memories are: her devoted sister, Prophetess Marilyn Buchanan of Park Forest, Illinois, three devoted children, a son, Myron Buchanan of St Louis, Missouri, two daughters, Andrea (Vernon) Black of Arlington, Texas, Pamela (Minister Ralph) Muhammad of Blackjack, Missouri. Eight devoted grandchildren, Yolanda (Leroy) Brown of Huntsville, Alabama, Kirklan (Monica) Black of Grand Prairie, Texas, Dr. Ian (Carmen) Buchanan of Creve Ceour, Missouri, Ryan (Theresa) Black of Mansfield, Texas,
Kelly (Charleen) Black of Smyrna, Georgia, Aliyah (Steven) Muhammad of Los Angeles, California, Karriem (Rasheeda) Muhammad of St Louis, Missouri, Morgan Buchanan of Smyrna, Georgia, great-grand children, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.