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Kathy Bassett: He was just that kind of feller

Kathy Bassett
Kathy Bassett's column, "The View from Maybell," appears in the Saturday Morning Press.
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Suddenly, my funny bone eludes me. I can’t think of anything funny, nor do I want to. It is sad to lose a dear friend.

Greg Scott was a dear friend.

I first met Greg at the Pat & Janella place, home of Monty and Ruth Sheridan on the Little Snake River. First impressions are not always as they seem, but Greg was true blue, and in his case, he was the exception to the rule.

He never changed. He was quiet with a quiet smile. His eyes would twinkle when he told a story or saw you on the street.

When grandma turned 80, Gregg graciously came to a surprise birthday party in her honor. He played many songs, much to the delight of all the guests.

But the best song he sang for grandma and one she will never forget is the one called “Homegrown Tomatoes!”

Grandma and I were eternally grateful when the Sheridans invited us to move to the lower ranch place on the Snake, so we got to see a little more of Greg when he’d come for his quiet times.

Whenever he’d pop in for a visit, he’d pick up his guitar and sing that song for grandma again.

I think he enjoyed how tickled she’d get about hearing about those tomatoes. And though we knew he was here to ride in the hills, ponder his thoughts and mentally form a song, he always had time to stop and sing and visit.

He was just that kind of feller.

I always enjoyed the times he brought Pearly along, too. Her happy smile matched his.

A few times, he came to get me and we’d go hunt arrowheads. He knew I liked to hike around, and he’d ask me to go along. He didn’t have to do that, but he was just that kind of feller.

When he’d come to cut firewood on the mountain, he’d always stop in. He ate several meals with us and always went for seconds on those mashed taters and gravy.

He wasn’t real big on sweets, but he could find room for a piece of homemade apple pie.

Greg performed with and opened concerts for Clint Black, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Tanya Tucker, John McEuen, Brent Rowan, Chris LeDoux, Doc Watson, and Willie Nelson.

He performed on the popular television program “Hee Haw.”

In 2002, at the Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah, Greg, with his partners, Jon Gibbs and Willie Samuelson, entertained two evenings for the U.S. Nordic Ski Team.

Those who knew him know he didn’t brag or have a big ego about his accomplishments. Greg was just a down-to-earth and unassuming sort of fellow.

He was just that kind of feller.

When I asked him this spring whether he would please play and sing in the Maybell Park during the Sombrero Horse Drive, he was very pleased.

He did a beautiful job entertaining everyone. Wayne Ewing, a filmmaker, was in the park that day filming the horses, and I heard Wayne ask Greg whether he would do the background music for his new movie.

I saw Greg only 1 1/2 weeks before he died, and he told me not to forget him for next year’s event, because he definitely wanted to come again.

Not only did he love the ranch, but I knew how much he loved the Sheridan family. They were part of his family, and if Ruth needed help, Greg was right there. If Monty needed help with the cows or horses, nothing would keep Greg away.

He loved riding those horses and branding and helping on the ranch. He was busy writing a song and dedicating it to Monty.

Once when he was here, he gave me a copy of his newest CD, and I listen to it all the time. I see his face. I see the twinkle, and I can’t quite comprehend yet that he won’t be popping in to visit.

Yep, he was a very special friend to all of us.

Stan Sheridan will be flying over the ranch and scattering Greg’s ashes. So, we are not going to say goodbye because we know part of him lives on here, and one of these days when the breezes blow, he’s going to let us know that all is well and we are going to hear his music in the wind.

He is just that kind of feller.

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