Matthew Cord Scott

Sunday, August 14, 1988 - Thursday, March 21, 2024

Forever In Our Hearts

Photo of Matthew Cord Scott  - 1988-2024

 "And the ones who were dancing were called insane, by the ones who could not hear the music"

Gone too soon, our sweet boy, Matthew Cord Scott, age 35, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Duke University Hospital. Cord entered this world on Sunday, August 14, 1988. He was born in Buncombe County at Memorial Mission Medical Center. Cord grew up in Haywood County, where he was loved by many.

Cord was a light in a very dark world. He loved and cared deeply for those in his life, unconditionally. He was well-known for his infectious smile and laughter, which he shared with anyone he met. Cord embodied the meaning of living your life to the fullest. He chased any dream he had and never strayed from his true self.

Cord was a Haywood County resident for most of his life until he started his dream of traveling. Over the last several years, Cord has traveled to multiple countries as well as across the United States. He also took a chance and lived in Athens, Greece, for three years. Oh, how he loved to adventure.

Cord was an avid singer, dancer, and choreographer, who loved theater. He has performed in shows, musicals, and dramas all of his life. One place he dearly loved was Hart Theater, where he was able to meet so many friends and was blessed with many opportunities. Cord was also able to share his love of arts with many of the younger generation across Western North Carolina. He taught at Asheville Performing Arts Academy, where he produced many shows and taught dance.

Those he'll meet in Heaven include his paternal grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Cord is survived by his parents, Marsha Scott Dorlan (Chris) and Mark Stamey (Kristie); brothers, Collin Dorlan and Mason Stamey; sister, Madison Corley; grandparents, Dawn Pless Shook, Bill Scott, Bob Dorlan, and Fannie Dorlan; several uncles, aunts, and cousins who loved him deeply and his four-legged kids, Merle and Linus. He will be missed by many.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 28, 2024, in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Donations may be made in Cord's memory to Shriners Children's Hospital, 950 W Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605, or any current medical research organization. 

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Scott family.

We love you, sweet boy. We hope you are dancing! Spread your wings and fly.

Condolences from family and friends

My heart hurts for all of the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cord brought a lot of joy and gladness to a lot of people in his young life. So musically talented, his soul is now dancing and singing with the Angles. God bless and keep you all close.
Juanita Clark Dixon
Taken way too soon! He was an amazing young man with an infectious smile and laugh!!! Prayers for Mason and the rest of his family during this time
Malia Kirby
My condolences and all my love...
Renee Bradburn
Our deepest sympathy for the Family, love and prayers to all. RIP Cord
Michael & Linda Brinkman
We are so sorry for the loss of you precious loved one. We hold you each and everyone in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeff and Jacqueline Rigsby
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. So sorry for your loss I will keep your family in my prayers.
Brenda Knepp
You know that saying, If tears could Build A Stairway to Heaven, well all the tears that have been shed from us loosing you would definitely reach. You were a bright light in this world, you brought so much joy. Thank u for joining our Haywood Pediatric family and Blessing us with the time we had with you. It wasn’t nearly enough. You were a perfect fit. We will all miss you so much, your sweet doggies will miss their Daddy. I know your family will show them the love that you would want them to have. Maybe I can go love on them for you one day. Thank you Cord for being such a sweet friend. Im so sorry you got sick. Heaven gained a very talented Angel. Love and hugs all the way to Heaven. Xoxo
Christy McMahon
So sorry for the loss of such a precious person. His smile will never be forgotten. Prayers for the whole family. May God bring you peace during this time of loss and days to come.
Ronna Crowder
To All the Family and Friends of Cord Scott: My sympathies in your great loss. Cord was a dedicated Christian and youth leader at Calvary Baptist Church in Canton while I served as Minister of Music and Youth. He was a very talented young man and he was dedicated to his church.Cord loved God. More so, God loved him so much! Simply stated, Cord was love. As I read my Bible, I know that God most wants us to love Him and then to love others as ourselves. TU, Cord, for all you gave to the youth program and to all the kids and youth that came together week after week. I particularly remember Christmas Shoes, the West Virginia Mission trip, the Gatlinburg retreats, and the youth lock ins. You encouraged me when I was not confident. Your energetic enthusiasm and contagious smile left those of us around you happy and having a bit more faith. I recently heard a sermon about having a good reputation or choosing to have character. Character is being authentic and hearing your spiritual calling even when others don't understand. TU for your character, Cord. I only want to leave 1 scripture: For God so loved His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). That was the message for Cord. I am thankful to have many wonderful memories of Cord and I pray that all of us can be comforted with our personal memories as we grieve the loss of this very special young man.
Kathy Ratcliffe
Sending much love and many prayers.
Dan Wood
Words can't explain how this hurts cord was a great friend and was always there for me when needed I'm so sorry to the family for this loss If there is anything I can do pls reach out much
Dale Cope
My heart is broken for the family!! I have the incredible privilege of being a part of this family, and I know how much Cord was loved and cared for. He was an incredible human being. The talent this young man possessed was unbelievable. Marsha I know how much you adored him. My prayers are with his family at this difficult time!
Kimberly Dover
I remember when Linda cut his first haircut. Cord had a voice that I know he is singing now One day after mowing with Bill he got paid Travis and Tyler were with him He came up on the porch and ask if Tyler and Travis could walk to town to get a Pizza Cord said I have money I can buy Then he turned and said don’t worry I’ll keep an eye on them I think he was barley 12. Travis and I are thinking about the family in thoughts and prayers RIP Cord.
Belinda Cable
Thank you Cord for all the beautiful memories of you and our grandaughter Alexia Lauren performed at Hart theater. You all were the most desired and greatest dance /ballet duo!! You both were chosen so much for that spot. We never missed a show. The two of you floated through the air so gracefully. Those memories are here to stay. I remember a certain photo of the two in you in the air. Thank you Cord, for your sweet smile and how you made people around you feel blessed from knowing you. Rip Cord, your legacy will live on! Love you. Bj Grant
Bj Grant
To the family, I am very sorry for your loss.I pray GOD blesses all of you with great PEACE !
Larry Henson
Marisa I am so sorry for your loss may God be with you and Chris during this time God bless.
Frances Davis
We are sending love and our deepest condolences to Cord’s family as we honor the joy, energy, creativity, immense talent, encouragement, inspiration, and challenge that Cord brought to all his work with the Asheville Performing Arts Academy, directing and choreographing shows and the Prep Academy / Academy / Company / Junior Theater Festival groups. My daughter Marta learned so much from him over the past 7 years or so, most of which she experienced with him as her teacher. We are grateful for his positive influence and his gift of worthy experiences and amazing performances to so many kids who share with him this great love of musical theater and dance. Cord will be deeply missed and we are grateful for our time with him.
Andrea Rosal
We appreciate the passion for music, dance and theatre that Cord put out into the world. My theater kid certainly appreciated his encouragement, advice and direction as he helped create fantastic plays and shows at Asheville Performing Arts Academy. We wish his family and friends comfort. May you be reminded of him always, and rest in memories that bring joy.
Shallyn Hanson
Cord touched so many lives, and I am so grateful to say that I am one of them. He taught me how to be confident, how to dance with purpose, and how to give light to those around me even in difficult times. He was truly one of a kind person, and I am sending so much love to the family. Thank you for everything Cord.
Natalie Edgens
May he rest in so much peace. I can never repay him for all the good he did me.
Wren Cash
Cord was such an inspiration. We miss his laugh, his kindness and his tough love! I wish I could thank him for all he’s done for me.
Niah Hanson
Cord touched our lives at a very difficult time. Our daughter, Amber had just finished cancer treatments and the theater with Cord was the first thing she did after being allowed back into the world. He was amazing with me, and amazing with her. We will never forget him and the way he touched our family! He will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kimberly Boyd
I am so very sorry to hear about Cord's passing. I taught him in fourth grade at North Canton Elementary. I remember him fondly as someone never afraid to be himself and shine bright. He was resilient, intelligent, and talented even as a fourth grader. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Heaven will be brighter with his presence.
Laura Berrong Abbe
Praying for the whole family he was so sweet always to my little girl and me you are already missed by us we luv you till we see you again our sweet friend!
Tonyascarpulla
It was my absolute pleasure to have Cord as a choral student at Pisgah High School. Cord was such a giving and unselfish student. He diligently worked as a singer to learn his music and was selected by audition to participate in NC Honors Chorus in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, the Mars Hill University Choral Festival Choir in 11th and 12th grades and NC All-State Choir in the 11th grade. He performed solos in Pisgah's Country Shows, Rock and Pop Shows and Gospel/ Christmas programs, had leading roles in department musicals and was the lead choreography for Bach to Broadway and Orion Show Choirs. Cord had the ability to take the best dancers and the not so great dancers and design choreography that made all of his classmates enjoy success on stage as singers and performers. (He even came back after he had graduated to help out with some projects.) He wanted everyone to be the best they could be, not to make himself look good but because he genuinely wanted everyone to enjoy those experiences. He had the most infectious laugh and brightened the day for all who knew him. I can truly say that I learned more from Cord about enjoying music than he ever learned from me. I am so, so sad to know Cord is no longer physically here to teach, sing and dance but his legacy will shine on through the many people who were fortunate to have enjoyed music with him throughout the years.
Kendra Ashe Medford- former Choral Director- Pisgah High School
My prayers and love for the family there's no words I can say or anything I can do to make the hurt and pain go away but I do know one thing this young man was beautiful inside and out always was the same and so talented and I remember when Miley was being born if it hadn't been for you sitting with me and my moma in the car and standing in the cold we laughed and talked the whole time and I will never forget that you made everything better and gave the best hugs I'm so thankful I got to see you been a while back at Snappy Lube on radio hill getting our cars tuned up it had been a while since I seen you and you stood up and gave me a big hug and that smile you lit up a room and we talked and laughed so much I remember I left before you we even had those fellas laughing at snappy u stood back up with another hug and I gave you my number and said call me handsome we will talk and laugh more I'm so thankful for that day and last words you said and I said was love you and I told you how proud I was of you and you said what was that you would tell Miley when you told her you loved her and I said I LOVE YOU A BUSHEL AND A PECK AND A HUG AROUND THE NECK you said yeah and then I told you that and to pass it on for me you said I sure will Cord I know heaven gained a angel I love you sweetheart and again my prayers for all that knew this wonderful young man cause I know he touched the hearts of so many
Marcia Lynn Campbell Propest
I have known cord since he was 4 years old when he went to preschool with my daughter Brandy. They had always been close friends. When I was taking chemo and had cancer he was very uplifting to me they don't have. The world is darker with him not being here. He will make a wonderful guardian angel.
Emma English
I met Cord 20 years ago at HART theatre when he was performing in Big River. Over the next four years I was privileged to costume this amazingly talented young man in seven plays at HART and in several productions at MusicWorks. Cord was a joy to watch as he perfected his craft in musical theatre. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his friends.
Mary Olson