“THE LANDMARK”, STATESVILLE, N. C.
Thursday, Jan. 30, 1919
DEATH OF DR. J. J. MOTT.
Prominent Local Citizen and Well Known Throughout the State, Passes at His Home in Radford, Va., Tuesday-----Burial Here.
Dr. J. J. Mott died Tuesday afternoon at 2:45 o’clock at his home in Radford, Va. While his friends knew that he had been rather feeble recently, the fact that his condition was serious was only known to his friends here for a few days before his death. The news of his death brought sorrow to his many friends.
The remains arrived in Statesville on train No. 11 yesterday morning. Funeral services were conducted from the late residence of Dr. Mott on north Center street yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Archdeacon W. H. Harding, of Salisbury, conducted the funeral services. Burial took place at Oakwood cemetery. Pall-bearers were Messrs. E. G. Gaither, R. V. Brawley, D. F. Jenkins, L. C. Wagner, Edgar White and Dr. H. F. Long. Honorary pall-bearers were Messrs. George H. Brown, W. D. Turner, J. H. McElwee, R. R. Clark, N. B. Mills, R. B. McLaughlin and A. L. Brooks of Greensboro.
In Statesville to attend the funeral were, Mr. John H. Mott, Radford, Va., Major Thomas Mott, Richmond, Va., Mr. C. E. Parlier and Miss Grace Parlier, of Wilkesboro, Mrs. S. A. Sharpe, of Washington city, Mr. and Mrs. Clint Wharton, Winston-Salem, Mrs. John B Alexander, Charlotte, Mrs. W. B. Mott, Mooresville and Mr. M. A. White, Mooresville.
Dr. John James Mott, son of Rev. Thomas Smith Webb Mott, was born in Hillsboro, Orange county, May 7, 1834, where and when his father was rector of the Protestant Episcopal church. He attended a school taught by his father in Caldwell county, near Lenoir. With the preparation he received there, he entered Catawba college, Newton, and from there he went to Philadelphia, Pa., where he graduated ?????????? the Jefferson Medical College. He located at Beattie’s Ford, Catawba county, for the practice of his profession, in 1856. July 8, of the same year, he married Miss Theodosia Caroline Hendrix, of Wilkes county, who died several years ago.
Dr. Mott served in the Legislature of 1866-1867 from Catawba county. In 1870 he moved from Catawba county to Statesville. In 1868 he was elected president of the Western North Carolina railroad and served in this capacity for four years. In 1872 he was named collector of internal revenue for the sixth district and held this office for ten years. He was chairman of the State Republican committee from 1876 to 1886. He always took an active interest in politics and public affairs and in 1896 was the national chairman of the Silver party. While he was chairman of the State Republican committee he held the party in strict discipline and once or twice under his generalship came near wresting the State from the control of the Democrats. He was a candidate for the United States Senate wnen the fusionists controlled the Legislature of 1895. In later years he still retained his interest in national politics but took no active part in the councils of his party.
In addition to his interest in politics, Dr. Mott has always been interested in industrial development. For a long time he was president of the Statesville Air Line Railway Company and took an active interest in the promotion of the road.
In 1912 he became interested in water power development in Virginia and in that year bought the Radford Water Power Co., and a number of power sites around there, selling the rights to others later. At his death he was president of the Radford Water Power Company, which furnished power and lights for Radford and also owned the street car system.
Dr. Mott bought a home in Radford and spent much of his time there. A few years ago he bought the Eugene Morrison residence on north Center street, Statesville, and divided his time here and at Radford.
Dr. Mott is survived by the following children; Mr. M. L. Mott, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. Jno. M. Sharpe, Statesville; James Mott and John H. Mott, Radford, Va.; Mrs. C. E. Parlier, Wilkesboro; Maj. Thos. A. Mott, United States Marine, Richmond, Va. Two brothers, Henry and Walter Mott, of south Iredell, also survive. Mrs. Allen Mills, of Statesville, is a grand-daughter