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Willoughby "Scott" Brent, Jr.

September 23, 1939 ~ June 23, 2020 (age 80)


W. Scott Brent, Jr, 80, of Winston-Salem, NC was called home by the Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Fixing his eyes on Jesus, Scott Brent ran the race his heavenly Father set before him. He loved his family, cared for his neighbor, played with all children, ignored racial barriers, and served his church. Scott Brent lived according to the vision of his favorite verse, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:40)

Scott was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. He moved down South to run track for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the ACC in-door champion at 880 yards in 1962. While in college, Scott met and married Sarah Ebert. They settled in Winston-Salem and started their family. Scott began teaching in 1963 and retired in 1996. For 41 years, Coach Brent coached track at North Forsyth High School, 9 additional years after retiring from teaching. Retirement did not slow Scott down one bit. He drove an activity bus, yearly planted a garden, organized hurricane relief teams, volunteered weekly at Sunnyside Ministry, went on a mission trip to Kenya, journey to Croatia every year with Sarah, and in his down time helped anyone do anything they asked him to do.

Scott leaves behind his faithful wife Sarah of 56 years and his three sons and their families; Charlie and Vicki Brent of College Station, Texas and their children Joshua Scott, Ansley, Avonleigh, Aracelli, Jacob, and Amberly; Michael and Brenda Brent of Zagreb, Croatia with their children, Julia, Ana and Claire; and Bill and Tiffany Brent of Concord, North Carolina with their daughter Sarah; and Anh Ngheim whom Scott loved as one of his sons. Scott also leaves behind his sister and her husband, Sue and Emmanuel Hermes of Brewster, Massachusetts. 

Due to corona virus restrictions, a private graveside service will be held Saturday, June 27 at Friedland Moravian Church. The family would love to hear your favorite Scott Brent story. Write a letter, record a video message on your phone, send an email,or send a photo. Please send to the email address or send to the family home at 2807 Friedland Church Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27107.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Friedland Moravian Church Mission Committee. Make checks out to Friedland Moravian Church with Scott Brent written on the memo line and mail to 2750 Friedland Moravian Church Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. Gifts may also be directed online to Sunnyside Ministry at

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