Betty L. Tutt

Pastor Betty Lee Ross Scott Tutt, 74, longtime resident of Jacksonville, transitioned Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.

The daughter of Ervin and Willie Mae (Darlington) Ross Sr., she was a native of Hastings. She was a 1959 graduate of Walter E. Harris High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Edward Waters College; earned a Master of Arts in education from Florida A&M University; and received a doctorate in divinity at Central Christian University. Betty was a health science and physical education instructor for over 40 years in Baker and Duval counties. She served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1974-1986. She was affiliated with numerous organizations, especially Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Princess of Sheba 75-O.E.S. At an early age, she joined Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church of Hastings. As a resident of Jacksonville, she united with Dayspring Baptist Church and subsequently, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. She later became the founder of Watch the Lamb Prison Ministry and Tutt’s Transitional House. She shared the gospel at prisons throughout the Florida.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Louis Melvin Tutt Jr., and sister, Julia Lynette Wilson-Janvier.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory daughter and son, Monique Scott and John (Cynthia) Scott Jr.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann Killing, Earlean Tooley, Wilhelmenia Ross, Marie (Richard) Crooms, Juanita Harderman, Sandra (Howard) King, Charie (Sam) Lookadoo, May (LJ) Boyd and Linda (Marion) Boyd; brothers, Ervin (Dianne) Ross Jr. and Arnesto Ross; and a host of other relatives.

Visitation will be 4–7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Directors Inc., 4334 Brentwood Ave. in Jacksonville. Homegoing celebration will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at The Potter's House International Ministries, 5119 Normandy Blvd. in Jacksonville, Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin, pastor. Dr. Derrick D. Cole, pastor of Abundant Life World Harvest Ministries, will be the eulogist. Interment with military honors will be at Palatka Memorial Gardens.

Please sign the Tutt family guestbook at

Arrangements are entrusted to Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel, 2400 Madison St. in Palatka.

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