Holly Springs coach succumbs to battle with cancer
by Angela Spencer
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Mike Scott stands with his wife, Mary Jane. Cherokee resident and Milton High School coach Mike Scott died Saturday after a battle with cancer.<br>Special
Mike Scott stands with his wife, Mary Jane. Cherokee resident and Milton High School coach Mike Scott died Saturday after a battle with cancer.
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HOLLY SPRINGS — After a battle with cancer diagnosed a few months ago, Milton High School’s Coach Mike Scott died Saturday at home with his family in Cherokee County.

Scott’s wife, Mary Jane Scott, posted on Facebook that she was with him in his last moments.

“My sweet bear, my best friend, Mike, was called home to be with the Lord around 10:30 p.m. tonight,” she posted on the Prayers for Michael Scott Facebook page.

“I had the honor of holding his hand and telling him that I loved him as he drew his last breath on Earth. Rest in the peace of Jesus, my darling, until we see each other again ...”

In addition to acting as the Milton Eagle’s offensive line coach, the 36-year-old Holly Springs resident taught weightlifting and health.

Scott was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer that started in the pancreatic biliary duct earlier this fall. With that diagnosis, the Milton High School community and the community at large including Cherokee County has made an effort to encourage and raise funds for the family.

An online fundraiser at GiveForward.com has raise more than $54,000, and organizers have indicated a $100,000 goal to support Scott’s wife and two young children after his passing.

“Please join us in lifting up this family to help cover any outstanding medical expenses as well as any everyday expenses so Mary Jane is able to focus on healing and on her sweet children,” the fundraising website reads. “Please continue to pray for peace and understanding during this very difficult time for the family.”

Scott was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on Dec. 21, 1975.

After graduating from high school in 1994, he went to play football on the offensive line for the University of Kentucky where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1998.

He earned a master’s degree in education from North Georgia College and State University in 2010.

Scott was a student coach at the University of Kentucky and later the offensive line coach for Trinity University in San Antonio Texas.

He was a graduate assistant coach with the University of Central Florida and also the offensive line and strength and conditioning coach for the University of West Georgia, offensive line coach at Southeastern Louisiana University and later the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of West Alabama.

Most recently, Scott was the offensive line coach and the offensive run game coordinator/offensive line coach and physical education teacher for the Milton High School Eagles since 2006.

Visitation will be at Lakeside Funeral Home in Woodstock today from 5 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be conducted Thursday at First Baptist Church of Woodstock. The service will begin at 1 p.m. with burial following the service in Rome.
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