William Clayton Escott

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I met Bill Escott sometime in 1992 at the Anson Correctional Center where he was hired as the Armory Officer for the new facility Brown Creek Correctional Institution that was under construction and located on the back side of our facility.  Brown Creek Correctional Institution (BCCI) opened sometime around April of 1993 and housed medium custody grade felon inmates whereas The Anson Correctional Center housed minimum custody inmates both misdemeanants and felons. 

Below is an aerial pix taken on 09-01-03 of BCCI and LCI (Lanesboro Correctional Institution under construction) with Bill Escott the pilot and Bill Porter taking pictures.  Red arrow indicates the small building that was Bill and my self's normal duty station.   By the few number of employee vehicles in the parking lot to the right, it had to be a Holiday (Labor Day): 

Bill attended one of the first NC Department of Correction Armorer schools for Smith and Wesson and I attended the next class around 1995 when I got transferred to BCCI on an administrative transfer....guess I was a problem child or something but it was like putting a rabbit in the briar patch....grin if you must! 

After a couple years at BCCI, Bill was nearing his (second) retirement and I was assigned to the Operations Section for On The Job Training under the tutelage of Bill.  Bill was one of the most talented, intelligent and knowledgeable men that I have ever known and he taught me a lot.  There was nothing that Bill aka "Wild Bill" couldn't do and he was not afraid to try any new task that came up.  Bill maintained a very positive mental attitude and a total pleasure to be around.  I never heard him raise his voice or ever get upset even though the job at times would certainly warrant such behavior!  I had been around inmates for a much longer period of time than Bill and was able to more effectively manipulate the management team to my advantage, whereas they did run Bill ragged at times since he didn't turn them down for anything, yet he never complained.......that was just the nature of Bill and he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.  Bill was a professional all the way, skilled in carpentry, instrument calibration, weapons, mechanics, electrical, machinist and anything he wanted to do.  Bill was born in Grand Rapids Michigan in 1937 and also retired from the United States Air Force and was an airplane pilot and flight instructor.  I flew with Bill a few times and it was amazing how he had control of the airplane and the flight was as smooth as it gets.  My bride also flew with us and she was totally impressed with his flying skills.......No,  we never joined the mile high club; the single engine plane was a little too cramped for that and the date on our birth certificate could have been a factor also........grin if you must! 

Bill Escott and Greg Benner fueling the plane prior to doing a pre-flight check at the Anson County Airport on 09-23-04:

Bill Escott in front of the Club plane.

Below pix of the Club plane at the Cheraw, SC airport either taxing in or taking off on 09-23-04 with Greg Benner the pilot.:

Bill retired in 1998 from the NC Department of Correction and we still maintained contact and we went out for breakfast with John Gaddy, retired Correctional Lieutenant also of BCCI when time permitted.  I took pictures of our "outings" but they are currently hidden in a hundred or more CDs that I made since 2000 from the digital images and will add pixs as I locate them.  So far, I have only been able to locate a few images and will post them here.  I think some of the pixs have succumbed to loosing a couple hard drives without proper back-up CDs and DVDs; sometimes we learn the hard way.

Below pix of Bill Escott on the right and Jeff Cloud taken at the Anson County Airport lounge on 09-01-03:

Below pix of Bill's approach to the Anson County Airport as seen from the cockpit on 09-01-03.  I had Bill to fly me around and I took aerial pixs of the BCCI Correctional Facility and our Firing Range to document a report concerning some range issues and other places of interest in Anson County.

Pix below of Bill and his bride June taken on 08-15-08 at the ole Light House Inn Seafood Restaurant in Ansonville, NC.  John Gaddy and his friend Virginia, myself and my bride aka Joyce enjoyed a good meal and fellowship:

Virginia McSwain and John Gaddy............yours truly was behind the camera.

Below is pix of Bill taken at BJ's Restaurant in Polkton, NC back in February of 2011.  John Gaddy had a senior moment and missed the breakfast with Bill and myself.

 

Bill had an ole truck that he fixed up while attending the Automotive Class at the South Piedmont Community College campus in Polkton after his retirement from the NCDOC and did find a pix of him with the truck stripped down to the bare bones and might add Bill was too....grin if you must.  I believe Bill emailed me the pix below:

I will try and get a pix of the finished truck and I guarantee you will not be able to recognize it.  It is to my understanding he purchased a couple "junked" trucks of the same model to get it back to factory specifications again.

My friend Bill Escott, retired Armory Officer and my mentor with the NCDOC at BCCI,  passed away early Tuesday morning after a long illness and I want to keep his memory alive and will use one of his favorite sayings;  "Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift and Tomorrow is a Mystery."  Bill was a First Class All American, loved, supported and served his Country and is greatly missed by his family and friends.  I am grateful and privileged to have worked with and known Bill Escott as my friend!

Bill had a graveside service at the Hopewell United Methodist Church cemetery on June 14, 2013 at 11am with full military honors from members of the Shaw Air Force Base Honor Guard.  Bill is survived by his wife June of the home; daughters, Dana Craven of Peachland; Debbie Tavarez of San Antonio, TX, Kathy Provoast of San Diego, CA and Theresa Escott of Olympia, Washington; brother Ray Escott of Dearborn, Michigan; grandchildren: Jason and Jeremy Grimm, Katie and Michael Provoast, Aleina, Joshua and Zachary Tavarez and Brianna Roberts.

Farewell my friend Bill, until we meet again!

In closing, "Two of the greatest ships that ever sailed:  Friendship and Fellowship!"

Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 06-17-13 with updated pix on 06-20-13.

UPDATE:  June Escott, Bill's wife passed away on 06-23-13 after a battle with cancer.  My heart goes out to the Escott family for  their loss.  My parents too went on to be with our Lord and Savior and they no longer have pain and suffering but it sure does hurt not to have them with us.

2 Corinthians 5
King James Version (KJV)


5 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with  hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

12 For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.

13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and  rose again.

16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Web published update by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 06-24-13 and pix added on 07-26-15.

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