John A. Mote, Methodist pastor
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5:23 p.m. EDT, October 17, 2011
The Rev. John Anson "Jack" Mote, retired pastor of the old
"In 1944, when he asked to be released from the Army as a conscientious objector, Mote was a 24-year-old attendant at
After the war he went to
He also participated in the construction of a school in the town of Le Chambon, where the French villagers had enabled 5,000 refugees, most of them Jewish, to escape from the Nazis by taking them into their homes and pretending that they were family members.
After returning to the
Active in civil rights, he and his daughters attended Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. He also marched with Dr. King in
Family members said he often worked in the congregations struggling to retain memberships as families moved to suburbs and elderly members died.
He often worked with the elderly and conducted seminars on coping with aging. He was also a resident of the 4300 N. Charles apartments and fought the
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Maxine Raines; three daughters, Deborah Rice of Baltimore, Karen Wilson of Camano Island and Susan Smith of Mebane, N.C.; and three grandchildren.
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