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Alfred "Pee Wee" Southcott, 80, a retired professional driver of midget and sprint race cars, died Sunday (Feb. 25, 2000) in Medina Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Hilton and grew up in the Medina area.

Southcott's racing career allowed him to travel extensively along the East Coast, from Massachusetts to Florida. After suffering serious injuries in a racing crash in 1948, he retired from the sport.

For the past 50 years, he had worked as an automobile mechanic for the Gaylor family at Albion Ford and Elmore Buick and for the Shelp family at Albion Motor Car Co. He later retired as a school bus mechanic from the Albion school bus garage.

In 1977, Southcott was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls. He was a member of various race car organizations, including the Williams Groves Old Timers of Pennsylvania, the Atlantic Coast Old Timers and Four Score Fan Club of Buffalo.

In the 1940s, he played guitar for the Micky Lusk band, the Rhythm Ramblers. From 1980 until just before he died, he was lead guitarist for the Over the Hill Band, playing for charity at area nursing homes and Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Batavia.

His wife, Mildred Schlegel Southcott, died in 1968.

Survivors include a son, Harold of Knowlesville; two daughters, Linda Strickland of Arizona and Margy Walters of Albion; a brother, Harold "Eddie" of Medina; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, Virginia "Jenny" Gemberling of Albion.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Bates-Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina. Burial will be in Mount Albion Cemetery in the spring.


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