PAGE THREE THE LANDMARK, STATESVILLE, N. C. MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 1924.
FUNERAL FOR DR. HENRY MOTT.
Conducted at Davidson Presbyterian Church by Bishop E. A. Penick----Was “Southern Gentleman,” Loved and Honored by All Who Knew Him.
By J. A. B. Goodman.
Mooresville, Aug, 15, --- The funeral of Dr. Henry Yeoman Mott, who died at his home near Mt. Mourne early Thursday morning, aged 83 years, will be held at Davidson Presbyterian church this afternoon at 4 o’clock, conducted by Bishop E. A. Penick, of Charlotte. The active pallbearers are: Barron Mills, Lathan Mills, Eugene Fink, William Johnston, Spurgon Moss and Carl Thompson. Honorary --- J. P. Mills, Sr., J. R. Withers, Dr. Geo. W. Taylor, Dr. W. D. McLelland, J. A. White, Dr. Reid Morrison, C. P. McNeely and W. B. Barnett.
Dr. Henry Mott, as he was so familiarly known, was a true type of the old-time Southern gentleman, a manly, erect figure, a man loved and honored by all who knew him.
Born June 1, 1841, at Flat Rock, Henry Yeoman Mott was a son of an Episcopal minister and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. T. S. W. Mott. Dr. Mott’s father, who was a member of a prominent Canadian family, who came to the South many years ago, was the founder of the old St. John’s Church-In-The-Wilderness at Flat Rock and of the Episcopal church at Valle Crucis.
Henry Yeoman Mott, then a young man of 20 years, entered the Confederate army as a cavalry private at the outbreak of the Civil War. He was known as a gallant and courageous soldier, serving throughout the entire four years of the war, carrying his commission in his pocket and serving in the cavalry ranks as a soldier instead of an officer. For a while he was aide to General D. H. Hill.
Just after the war, Dr. Mott married Miss Roxana Smith, of Lincoln county, who died about 15 months ago. His wife was a member of a prominent family of Lincoln county. Her father was the director of the Little Mountain Iron Works of the Confederate government, an important unit during the war.
Dr. Mott attended Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, after the war. His two older brothers had been graduated from this institution. After his graduation, Dr. Mott returned to his home to take up the practice of medicine. He became one of the outstanding physicians of this section. His practice extended over Lincoln and Iredell counties and over part of northern Mecklenburg county.
Dr. Mott was one of three brothers, all of whom became physicians, and all of whom lived to the age of 83 years. The eldest brother, Dr. J. J. Mott, of Statesville, died four or five years ago, and the brother, Dr. Walter B. Mott, of near Davidson, died two years ago. Dr. Henry Y. Mott lived on his plantation near Davidson.
Surviving Dr. Mott are one son and three daughters. The son, Harry Yeoman Mott, is the youngest of the children, and lives at the family home near Davidson. The daughters who survive are Mrs. John B. Alexander, of Charlotte; Mrs. W. C. Mebane, of Wilmington, and Mrs. John James, of Charlotte. One son and one daughter of Dr. Mott are dead. T. S. W. Mott died in 1898 and Mrs. J. R. Anderson died in 1910.