Long-time Crossett Mayor Scott McCormick was buried in a private ceremony Monday after his body was given a final drive through the city he’d led since 1999.
McCormick died Thursday at Baptist Health Medical Center. He’d had several instances of ill health in recent months. He was 62.
After the hearse bearing McCormick’s casket toured the city escorted by the Crossett police and fire departments, it stopped at City Hall, where a delegation of workers placed a wreath from the city on his casket.
While the City Hall representatives and those who had lined the streets to bow their heads in a moment of silence, Crossett Public Works Director Jeff Harrison sang the hymn, “Beulah Land,” a song he’d also sung at Mayor McCormick’s wife Mary’s funeral two years prior.
McCormick was born in Kansas but spent his youth in Crossett and graduated from Crossett High School in 1976. He was first elected in 1998, having previously spent 20 years as a City of Crossett police officer, where he was a captain and criminal investigator. He was in his sixth term as mayor. As a member of the community, he was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.
He was last re-elected to office in 2018 with 51 percent of the vote, having already survived a primary field that had there candidates. During a campaign interview with The Ashley News Observer, McCormick said his decades of experience were driven by a desire to help.
“I care about people, listening and helping them as much as possible,” he said. “I love Crossett because Crossett is my home.”
Deputy City Clerk Lisa Gulledge worked with McCormick for the entirety of his tenure, and she said McCormick was defined in part by being “real.”
“Not only was he mayor, he was a friend,” she said. “He honestly cared about people. He was not fake; he was real.”
As mayor, McCormick served as a member of the Arkansas Municipal League’s Executive Committee, First Class Cities Advisory Council, Public Safety Advisory Council, and was the league’s vice president for District 4 during the 2009 to 2010 year.
“Mayor McCormick faithfully served the City of Crossett and its citizens for nearly 42 years,” a public statement from City Hall said. “His honorable service extended outside the borders of our community.
“Mayor McCormick’s 42 years of dedication to Crossett was proof of his love for our community. Not only was he the leader of the city but a friend to employees and citizens alike. His loss will be felt for years to come. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”
Interim Mayor Crystal Marshall said that outside his role as mayor, she was always impressed by McCormick’s love for his spouse.
“The biggest thing that stood out to me, from the time I met him, was how much he loved his wife,” Councilwoman Crystal Marshall said. “It was a beautiful love story, like a Hollywood movie love. They had been together most of their lives, and it was really extraordinary.”
Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Mary McCormick, in December 2018, as well as his parents, Marshall Scott McCormick I and Yvonne Evelyn Wolf McCormick.
He is survived by two sons, Sean McCormick of Dumas and Wesley McCormick of of Crossett; a grandson, Nick McCormick; and his sister, his sister, Stacy Johnson, and husband, Gary; all of Crossett.