Old Town Club following the service
2875 Old Town Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, Jan 13, 2018
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
500 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, Jan 13, 2018
Dec 10, 1930 - Jan 01, 2018
John Scott “Scotty” Cramer of Winston-Salem passed away on January 1, 2018.
Scotty was born in Charlotte, NC on December 10, 1930 to the late Stuart Warren Cramer, Jr. and Julia Scott Cramer. He attended St. Paul’s School, Culver Military Academy and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1953. He met the love of his life, Nancy Arnott from Sydney, Australia, in college and they married in 1952. Scotty served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1955 and was stationed in Morocco. Following his military service, he joined Wachovia Bank and Trust Company in Winston-Salem. In 1957, they moved to Charlotte, where he became Senior Vice President at Wachovia from 1964 to 1970. In 1970, they returned to Winston-Salem where he served the bank in various capacities. He served as President of First Wachovia Trust Services, Vice Chairman of Wachovia Corporation of North Carolina, Vice Chairman of Wachovia Bank of North Carolina and Executive Vice President of First Wachovia Corporation until his retirement in 1988.
Scotty defined his life through a faithful commitment to his family, his friends and community, a trait he attributed to his parents. His stewardship of the communities he loved most can be seen in the many boards and organizations he chose to serve. His primary interests were education and the environment. He was a Trustee of the North Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and was an original Board member of Save our State. He also served on the Boards of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Foundation, Charlotte Country Day School, Campbell University Trust Education Foundation, Morehead (now Morehead-Cain) Foundation Central Selection Committee at UNC-CH, Arts and Science Foundation- UNC-CH, UNC Board of Visitors, Summit School of Winston-Salem, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Salem Academy and College.
His service on various corporate boards through the years include Scott Drug Co., Home Finance Co., Shadowline, Inc., American Credit Corp., Chatham Manufacturing Co., and the Executive Committee of the American Bankers Association Trust Division and Linville Resorts, Inc.
His interest in arts and music led him in devoted service to the North Carolina Symphony Society, Winston-Salem Arts Council, Governor’s Business Council on Arts and Humanities, and Brenner Children’s Hospital Advisory Board. He served as President of the United Way of Forsyth County, Director of the YMCA of both Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Chairman of the North Carolina Committee of the Newcomen Society in addition to many other interests.
He leaves what he would term the “best life”, full of great memories with good friends and family, travels far and wide, and an abundance of well told stories delivered with his ridiculous sense of humor. He was affectionately known as BooBoo to his grandchildren and Uncle Splendid to his young friends. His was truly a life lived well.
Scotty was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 59 years, Nancy Arnott Cramer. He is survived by his wife, Selma Cater Scott; two daughters, Julia Cramer Smith and husband Donovan of Memphis TN, Alice Cramer Tolson and husband Hubie of New Bern, NC; four grandchildren, Scott McLean Smith (Marianne), Reade Arnott Smith, Scott Cramer Tolson and Caroline Baxter Tolson; a brother, Stuart W. Cramer of Palm Desert, CA; many cousins and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. The family would like to recognize two very special people in Scotty’s life, Mary Holmes and Brenda Mills; and also companions and caregivers, Ebanezer Morakinyo, Joe Eskridge, Adeline Clarke, and many others.
A memorial service to celebrate Scotty’s life will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 500 Summit St, Winston-Salem, NC. Following the service there will be a reception at Old Town Club, 2875 Old Town Club Rd, Winston-Salem, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Linville Foundation, PO Box 99, Linville, NC 28646; Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27105; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
I had the good fortune to meet Scotty through UNCSA. While he wasn't able to make it to many of our events these past few years, he was always warm and gracious when I did see him. He was a good friend to the School and will be missed.
Mr. Cramer was one of those individuals that always made you smile. I have always held him in a special place in my heart as well as his family. He will be truly missed. I count myself lucky; however, to have known him.
Ellen Stockton Coble
To the Cramer Family, especially to Julie and Alice,
I was so sad to hear of your dad’s passing last week. Your parents were always some of my favorites from the time you all moved to WS into your new home, our prior home, on Reynolds Drive. They were always such favorites of our family and dear friends to my parents. My favorite memories of your dad will always be when Ralph’s alarm system would go on the blink and Scotty was #2 on the call list. I was #1 but lived 15 minutes away so I always met him in his bathrobe talking nicely to the police until I arrived. We would both laugh at how frequently this happened and wondered why the alarm system consistently sounded false alarmi at 3:00 a.m. I worked with him at Wachovia for many years where her was greatly admired by All. My prayers are with you.
IT WAS PLEASURE TO MEET JOHN SCOTT "SCOTTY" CRAMER WHEN I MOVED TO ARBOR ACRES. HE WAS A GENTLEMAN AND CARING PERSON. I ENJOYED HIS HUMOR AND ENCOURAGING SUPPORT. "MAY GOD GRANT US GRACE, THAT IN PAIN MAY FIND COMFORT, IN SORROW HOPE, IN DEATH RESURRECTION."
O LORD PLEASE HEAR MY PRAYER IN THE MORNING WHEN I RISE. IT'S YOUR SERVANT BOUND FOR GLORY, O LORD PLEASE HEAR MY PRAYER. WHEN MY WORK ON EARTH IS DONE. AND YOU TO TAKE ME HOME....
(WE WILL DO OUR BARITONE/BASS DUET.)