No information on death cause for pastor, wife

First Posted: 8/22/2014

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has not yet made a determination on how a local pastor and his wife were killed on Wednesday.

Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said that he was meeting today with affected officials and planned to release additional information afterward.

Sealey has declined to release any details about the injuries suffered by Bill Scott and his wife Charlotte Scott, who were found dead outside of their home on Old Whiteville Road.

According to Sealey, one autopsy was conducted Thursday. He said at about 8:30 a.m. today that investigators are expected to meet after the second autopsy is performed this morning.

The couple was found in the patio area of their home by a young girl related to them at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Deputies cars, with their lights flashing, continued to sit in front of the home through Wednesday evening as friends and family were interviewed and the neighborhood was canvassed.

Friends, family and coworkers are struggling to make sense of the loss of 68-year-old Bill Scott, who served for about three years as interim pastor at Charity Baptist Church in Fayetteville, and 64-year-old Charlotte Scott, a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Lumberton.

Wayne McIntosh, the deacon of Charity Baptist Church, said Thursday that the Scotts were both very active in the church, as well as at East Lumberton Baptist Church, where Bill Scott served as treasurer.

“[Bill] had told us that he would stay as long as we wanted him to and, like I said, the people really loved them,” he said.

McIntosh said he and the congregation were in “total shock” upon hearing of their pastor’s death shortly before Wednesday night services.

“I hope they remember them as they were and not let whatever happened in this situation have any bearing on what they thought,” McIntosh said.