Scotty (Scooter) Lee Puryear

Scotty (Scooter) Lee Puryear, 50, passed away April 6, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born and raised in Amarillo. He spent part of his childhood in Nevada and Arkansas, but his favorite place of all was living by the beach in Corpus Christi. He loved the ocean. 

Scott is remembered for his love of life, family, and friends. He is well known for his humor and random ideas. I remember one time it rained so much that our bar ditch flooded. So, Scott put a rowboat in the bar ditch and took our kids and friends for a ride. He got a lot of laughs from us and the cars driving by. He was always thinking of unusual things to do.

Scott was kind to the world and made sure everyone around him felt included. He never met a stranger. He could even make friends standing in line at gas stations, which he did once in 2001. He met a guy standing in line at Toot-N-Totum. The guy worked on a crab boat in Alabama and was home visiting his wife. He met Scott and convinced him to go work with him in Alabama. Scott came home from getting gas and said, “Babe, I’m going to work in Alabama on a crab boat. I leave tomorrow, if that’s OK with you.” I said, “Of course,” (as this was an answered prayer.)

Scott enjoyed music (especially Elvis) and singing in the band Tribal Asylum. He also enjoyed helping people by raising money through benefits the band played at.

In the most recent years, Scott changed careers and became an insurance adjuster. He was so proud of his new career as it was professional and humbling. He got the opportunity to travel and work with his wife, son, brother, and sister-in-law. We made many memories on these journeys. 

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Winnie Puryear; an uncle Larry Puryear; his grandfather John Henslee, and his grandmother Dorothy Henslee.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mandy Puryear; his children Majestia, Saxon, and Jazlynn; his mother and stepfather Belinda and Chuck Cooper; his father Johnnie Henslee; his siblings Brandy, Chris, and Tisha; a sister-in-law Jessica, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

We all loved Scott so very much. He will be missed by many.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Scotty’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2024, at His Church, 6300 Arden Road, Amarillo, Texas.


  1. Angel Williams McGoffin

    Love and prayers to you, Mandy, and all of your family. Scott was absolutely all of these things and more, everyone was special to him in their own way. He could always find a way to make a person smile, feel better about any situation, or make them feel important. My heart hurts for you. God bless you and keep you.

  2. Tanya Strauss

    Mandy and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. That Scott had me laughing daily on FB in fact he was 90% of the reasons i was in FB jail so often but we just laughed! Please know you r all in my thoughts and prayers always. May Scott RIP and keep everyone of our loved ones in heaven laughing I already know he is.

    Deepest Condolences,

    Tanya Strauss

  3. Hillbilly jim

    Scott was a brother and a true friend a group leader he kept our band together he brought a croud to life a piece of me passed with him R.I.P my brother

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