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Sweetwater natives Paul Bryan Scott and his wife Vicki Hobbs Scott have returned to their hometown after more than 30 years. "Vicki and I had entertained the thought of moving back to Sweetwater throughout the years, but have just now been able to do so," said Paul. "We want to be closer to our family and friends from the area," Vicki added. "We miss the West Texas atmosphere as well."
Paul is looking forward to practicing law in the Sweetwater area. "Being in a small town, you have to be a jack of all trades. My practice will primarily deal with all aspects of litigation including, but not limited to, civil, criminal and domestic relations," said Paul. "I also have an office practice which includes the preparation of land title documents and development of trust - wills, probate, and corporate law."
Paul became interested in law when his high school teachers, namely the late Ms. Carolee Patterson, suggested that he become an attorney. After graduating from Sweetwater High School in 1975, he went on to receive a Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1979. He then attended and graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1982, after which he started at the law firm of Neal and McBeath.
Paul was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Vernon. He also coached and sponsored children's sports, including softball, basketball and soccer for a number of years. Among his achievements are being appointed then elected as County Attorney for Wilbargar County (Vernon), which he served from 1990 to 1996, after which he decided to devote his time fully to private practice. From 2002 to 2005 he was appointed special prosecutor for Baylor County. Paul is also a recognized contributor to providing legal assistance for the indigent through legal aid.
Vicki graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1979. She then attended Texas Tech University before earning her LVN through Texas State Technical College-West Texas, Sweetwater, and her RN from Vernon College via TSTC West Texas.
Both Paul and Vicki's families were established in Sweetwater many years ago. Paul's grandparents, L.B. and Maud Whitfield Scott, arrived in Sweetwater around 1910 and started farming. L.B. and Maud were one of three families of Scotts, known as the Lake Trammell Scotts. Beginning in the late '20s through the '40s, they owned and operated Scott and Son Dairy where they sold milk to local distributors (home dairy), local stores and also made home deliveries.
Vicki's paternal grandparents are the late H.H. Hobbs, a carpenter and Nola Mae Hobbs. Her maternal grandparents are the late Nathan and Lena Turner. Nathan, a U.S. Navy veteran, owned a barber shop on Lamar Street while Lena was a beautician and worked for the State of Texas at Abilene State School. They were members of Avondale Baptist Church.
Paul's parents are the late J.W. Scott and Alice Scott. J.W. owned J.W. Scott Insurance, was a former City Commissioner and Mayor, and was involved in establishing TSTI (now TSTC) in Sweetwater. Alice is a former RN and worked for Simmons Memorial Hospital and the Nolan County Health Unit.
Vicki's parents are Harroll and Sue Hobbs. Harroll, who graduated Sweetwater High School in 1956, was an All-American football player and is a retired plumber. Sue is a retired beautician and graduated from SHS in 1958.
Siblings of Paul include the late Greg Scott, Bruce Scott, Gloria Stephenson, Mark Scott and Patricia Rains. Vicki's siblings are Tammy Knowles and the late Linda Hobbs.
The Scotts have seven children; Dell Zetzman, who graduated in 2001 from SHS. He currently lives in Wylie with his wife, Kristan, and daughter, Hallie. Dell works for Shermco Industries; Amy Zetzman, who graduated from San Angelo Central in 2003, currently lives in San Antonio. She recently graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio and passed the bar in November; Elyse Scott is currently a teacher in Arlington after receiving a degree in Elementary Education from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. She is recently engaged; Allison Scott Oswald, along with her husband Seth and their children, Dylan and Adalyn, live in Arlington. Allison received a degree in Education from Southwestern University of Waxahachie and is currently Office Manager for and owner of Moran and Oswald Insurance Agency in Arlington; Morgan Scott is a senior at the University of North Texas, Denton majoring in Biology; Whitney Scott is a junior at the University of North Texas, Denton studying Business Administration; and Nate Scott is currently a junior at Sweetwater High School.