Community mourns after minister killed by lightning

- Scott Pasour was riding his motorcycle near Mount Mitchell on Saturday when he stopped to put on rain gear and was killed by a lightning strike. Friends say Pasour had every quality you would want in a friend. He was a family man, who loved his community and he easily made an impact on hundreds of people who live in Gaston County.

"Scott was Scott. What you saw is what you got," said friend Paul Gibson.

That is why if you knew Scott Pasour you instantly had a new friend. He was a caring and compassionate man who was always putting others first.

"He was a people person. He loved people. That's why he is so missed. He was the guy that would be in the trenches with you when everything was going crazy in your life, Scott Pasour was going to be in the middle of it," said Austin Rammell, lead pastor at Venture Church.

Scott's passion for others was evident by his work at Venture Church. He volunteered his time as a lay minister and could often be seen every Sunday as soon as you walk through the front door.

His time providing fellowship carried over to his business, Pasour Auto Repair. That's where a small memorial was placed Sunday afternoon.

"You walked in to get your car fixed and next thing you know you're sitting around with Scott while someone is working on your car talking about life and christ and gospel and meaning and purpose and value," said Rammell.

When Scott wasn't making an impact on people's lives, he could be seen hitting the road. Friends say he was an avid motorcyclist and often traveled the country.

"He has just got back from a two week long motorcycle ride out in Idaho," said Gibson.

Paul Gibson was hired by Scott just a few months ago, but quickly called his boss a friend. Gibson now reflects on his hours working alongside Scott at the auto repair shop as treasured memories.

"Scott was really the kind of guy that when you meet him you wish you had known him all your life," said Gibson.

Funeral arrangements are being made. Scott Pasour leaves behind a wife, son, daughter and grandchildren.

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