Eugene Scott

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Eugene Scott (born January 10, 1951; died January 5, 2011 in Birmingham) was the owner of Sutter's Mill Gold & Jewelry (also known as Pee Wee's Pawn Shop) in Pelham and the pilot and sole victim in a fatal plane crash.

Scott grew up in Calera and played football and baseball at Calera High School, graduating in 1969. He attended the University of Montevallo, but left to open his jewelry business. With the success of his jewelry shop, he invested in other ventures, including construction, and supported community activities in the Pelham area.

Scott died in an unexplained accident in January 2011. He was piloting his twin-engine Beech BE-58 home from Morriston, New Jersey, after a business trip and visit to a daughter. Though he had intended to land at the Shelby County Airport, he communicated with air traffic control at Birmingham- Shuttlesworth International Airport as he approached the city, requesting to land there rather than risk worsening weather conditions in Shelby County.

Witnesses said they saw the craft in flames before it dived into a vacant lot near the airport. Scott was killed instantly, and there were no other casualties. He was survived by his wife, Karen, and two daughters.

References

  • Robinson, Carol (January 7, 2010) "Pilot in North East Lake plane crash lauded as father and hero." Birmingham News