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Stone Mountain Man Up for $100,000 And a Year Off

Attorney Theodore Scott is a finalist in Gold Peak Tea's national search for a deserving person to take some time off.

Theodore Scott of Stone Mountain was going through his spam folder a few months ago when he came across information about a national search by Gold Peak Tea. The image attached to it caught his eye.

It was of a woman wearily leaning over a file cabinet.

“She looks really stressed out,” said Scott, 60, a lawyer in practice with his wife and twin brother in the firm Scott, Scott & Scott. “I got the point. I said, ‘boy, that’s me.”

That’s not the only thing about Gold Peak’s contest that got his attention.

The tea, a Coca Cola brand, is looking to give someone a year off and $100,000  which will let them concentrate on something that means a lot to them.

In Scott’s case, that will be his family -- and his life overall.

Scott is one of Gold Peak's five finalists.  A winner will be announced around Labor Day. Visit Gold Peak's Facebook page to view the finalists and vote.

Scott, who has four grown sons and four grandsons, got confirmation from his wife that he’s burned the candle at both ends for years.

“I never thought of myself as a workaholic. She said, ‘Scotty, you are a workaholic, you’re just in denial.” His sons agreed.

When he entered the Gold Peak contest, he said he felt as if we were writing for men in his same situation or worse, who "let time slip by being a provider."

He’s been reflecting on his busy life.

“Time went by so fast that sometimes I look at my children and say, ‘are these my children? They grew up so fast. Where was I?’ My only answer is, I was busy working. I wish I had taken the time or missed some work time so I could have gotten to know my children more deeply than I did. I’ve got four grandchildren and I say to myself, do I want the same thing to happen with them that appears to have happened with my children?"

“It’s a golden opportunity,” he said of the Gold Peak Tea contest. “If I can win this thing, it is the catalyst I need to make a change, to enjoy my family and my life.”

What would you do if you won $100,000 and could take the year off from work? Tell us in the comments section below.

Check back with Patch when Gold Peak announces the winner.

summer August 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Great article! This is my uncle and I can contest that he is always working. He is well deserving of a year off.
Leslie Johnson August 13, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Thanks for reading Summer! I'm wishing Mr. Scott the best!
Micah Scott August 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Micah I really enjoyed reading the article. Good piece of reporting! Theodre Scott is my father and I am so proud of him. I emailed your article to all my family and friends. This my first time reading PATCH and I saved it as a favorite so I can read it again.
Leslie Johnson August 13, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Thank you Micah!
Charity Sharp August 13, 2012 at 06:28 PM
This is a great article Leslie! Theodore Scott is a good friend of mine and is a really hard worker. I really hope he wins so he can spend more time with his family!~~Charity
Helen B. Barnett August 13, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Helen B. Barnett Leslie, this is a wonderful article about a dear, deserving friend! Theodore Scott is always busy taking care of the needs of others. I hope he wins so he can have some time to relax, move slower and enjoy his famly and friends.
Yolvondra Martin-Brown August 13, 2012 at 06:47 PM
This is one of the hardest working families I've ever met. Not only is Mr. Scott, a lawyer with his own law practice, he is also a minister with a church. I cannot think of a more deserving person to have some time to do whatever his heart desires Yolvondra Martin-Brown
Chaundra Alise August 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
This is a great article and gives us all something to think about. I hope he wins!
Nathan August 13, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I really like this article so much. Finally it shows how working so hard can effect the relationship with your Family. I have great Dad and I remember him working till 4 or 5 in the morning. Many of those days I just wanted him to be at home with me and my brother just to enjoy his company.
Brooke Weathersbee August 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Enjoyed the article Leslie. His drive to support his family and his drive to do more with his family as a result of winning is quite admirable. Theodore is a win-win kind of guy! I certainly hope he wins!!
Tiffernie Scott August 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I really enjoyed the article. My father in law Theodore Scott is true hard worker. Please vote for him. He deserves it. As his grandsons watch me vote for him last week, they were so excited about the thought of their Grand Pa spending more time with them.
Roger H. Washington August 13, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Roger Washington: This is a great article about a hard-working man. It sounds like myself and it causes me to reflect on what I am missing out on. He deserves to win and his family deserves to see him as much as they can. I hope the Stone Mountain community can support him in his efforts to win this contest.
Kaniqua August 13, 2012 at 09:18 PM
This is definitely a well-written article that can attest to the hard work of Mr. Scott. He is a wonderful person. Mr. Scott’s dedication to the sustainability of his family seemed to have forced him to overwork. It would be a much needed break for Mr. Scott to win this contest and enjoy some quality time with his beloved family. I hope he wins!
Teddy August 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Teddy I like this article Leslie. I am Theodore Scott's nephew and I know how busy he has been for as long as I can remember. I use to wonder how he could do so much in a 24 hour period. Wow!! He deserves some time off.
LaMyra Augustus August 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM
LaMyra Augustus This is such a great article and I am so glad my Aunt Helen Barnett forwarded this to me. I spoke to her earlier this week and she told me about the contest that Reverend Scott entered with Gold Peak. I can not think of anyone else that is more deserving of taking a year off. His dedication to his family, (church family included) over the years speaks volume to the type of person he is. He is so deserving of this so he can take some much needed time off to enjoy his family. I truly hope he gets the support he needs to win!
Carmella Williams August 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Carmella Williams I was one of Mr. Scott's employees. I drove past his office many weekends and holidays, noticing the light on in his office well into the evening. This well-written article portrayed a picture-perfect image of Mr. Scott and simultaneously let the reader know that he never lost his desire "to enjoy [his] family and [his] life."
Gloria E. Washington August 14, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Great article!! I have known Theodore Scott for 25 years and actually worked with him and sometimes for him for 16 years and I can tell you without a doubt he is a hard working man that deserves more than anyone I know to have a year off work. When I got to the office he was there, when I left the office he was still there. I often thought to myself does he ever go home and just relax. He is always doing something for others I don't know how he does it but I do know he deserves to win because he needs a break so he can stop and smell the roses.
Kirsten August 14, 2012 at 01:29 AM
This article was perfectly written about a man that has given so much to building his law practice with his wife and brother. He is definitely deserving of a year off from work. He asks for so little, and gives so much to his work, family, and friends.
g Copeland August 14, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Great article, it is such a plesure to be working for Mr.Scott one of Georgia's sound leaders - Keep doing what your doing, you will achieve everything you deserve and you deserve this! The Copeland's
VAM August 14, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Theodore is a hard working professional, as well as a humane person and dedicated family man. Just look at his parents and you know exactly where his solid core values come from. Keep up the good work Teddy!
Vanessa Scott August 14, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Theodore is my father-in-law and he is truly a great man and a hard worker. I was very happy to read this article and know that even more people will get to learn about who he is and what he is all about. If anyone deserves to win this contest, trust me-it's him! VOTE FOR THEODORE!!!
Roberta Sharp August 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Leslie, I am a member of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur where Attorney Scott is Pastor. I can attest to the fact that Rev./Attorney Scott is a man who is dedicated not only to his blood relatives, but also to his church family. Since I also work in the legal field, I can also attest to the fact that Rev./Attorney Scott works exhausting hours to ensure his clients receive the level of representation they deserve. Can you imagine the amount of time, and level of patience, commitment, and dedication one must possess to hold both position of Attorney and Pastor -- two of the most critical and responsibility-bearing positions in our society today? I have had the pleasure of knowing Rev./Attorney Scott for many years, and believe me he is not slack in his performance as an Attorney and as Pastor. He excels in both. Please vote for Rev./Attorney Scott. You can vote one time every day through August 24. I cannot think of a person more dedicated and unassuming as Rev./Attorney Scott. He definitely needs and deserves a year off work. Roberta
Roberta Sharp August 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Leslie, I am a member of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur where Attorney Scott is Pastor. I can attest to the fact that Rev./Attorney Scott is a man who is dedicated not only to his blood relatives, but also to his church family. Since I also work in the legal field, I can also attest to the fact that Rev./Attorney Scott works exhausting hours to ensure his clients receive the level of representation they deserve. Can you imagine the amount of time, and level of patience, commitment, and dedication one must possess to hold both position of Attorney and Pastor -- two of the most critical and responsibility-bearing positions in our society today? I have had the pleasure of knowing Rev./Attorney Scott for many years, and believe me he is not slack in his performance as an Attorney and as Pastor. He excels in both. Please vote for Rev./Attorney Scott. You can vote one time every day through August 24. I cannot think of a person more dedicated and unassuming as Rev./Attorney Scott. He definitely needs and deserves a year off work. Roberta
Lekeith Edmundson August 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM
This is a beautiful article. I absolutely could not think of a more deserving person than Theodore Scott. I've know him for years and I know that he would make good use of the time off. I hope that everyone in Stone Mountain, gives him the support he needs to win!
Velricia Scott August 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It is definitely a golden opportunity to help my father-in-law, Theodore Scott get a year off from work. If anyone deserves a year off, it would be him. His hard work, and care for people inspire us all. As an attorney, he takes time out of his busy schedule to accommodate any and everyone who needs his help or advice. I admire his dedication and hard work. I believe he will win this contest, because he deserves it. Please vote for Theodore Scott, a man who could really use a year off. !!TEAM THEODORE SCOTT!!
Pat Deas August 16, 2012 at 02:50 AM
It's nice that Mr.Scott's family and friends admire his work ethic, but I'm wondering if he will allow himself to relax and enjoy himself, having never done that before. My concern for persons like him is their health in the long run. This contest is a great eye-opener about the swiftness of time and what can be lost in the process. It's made me slow down and think what I'd do if i won such a contest.
Nakeida T. Edmundson August 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This is an excellent article!!!!!. Theodore Scott is a good man who doesn't think twice about always giving so much of himself to help others and to make sure others are happy. I think time off of work to spend with his lovely wife, sons and grandsons is long over due and well deserved, because no one deserves a year off more then him.
Stephen Scott August 16, 2012 at 07:50 PM
This article is very good, Theodore Scott is my father and I could not think of anyone that deserve a year off more then him. I am certain he would use that time to help people, because he is eager to help people so bad, but he does not have the time. I am not saying that because he is my father, but he is my best friend and mentor. I really hate to see him working so hard and he deserve a break, because I need his help so bad. Please vote for him so he can help restore my family and other families
Clarence Selby August 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Reading your article urged me to awaken 4:33 am. Wednesday 08/15/12. I felt the need to respond. Imaging you as a husband giving serious thoughts to the statement from Tina Scott; your wife characterizing you as a workaholic; to the extend that you would pause long enoungh to evaluate your life and see that you are the one who is willing to make essential changes to unselfishly benefit your family. This insight is most honorable; you being transparent about how you took the time to change for the best is rare. I am inspired to do a self evaluation and spend more quality time with my family also.
Patrick Thuo August 18, 2012 at 02:55 AM
That was a great article. I pray that he wins. Family is the most important thing to spend time with.

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