Franklin Garry Mott

Posted at 5:38 PM on Sep 27, 2019


Franklin Garry Mott, son of the late Bishop James and Overseer Naomi Mott, was born October 7, 1946, in Iredell County, N.C., and passed from this earthly life on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Bernice Brown, and brother, Dalton Mott.

In 1964, Frank graduated from Morningside High School in Statesville, N.C., and later completed the required classes at Winston-Salem Barber College to acquire his N.C. Barber’s License in 1965. He was a member of Bethlehem Apostolic Church in Statesville and one of the lead psalmists in the Inter-church Choir, where he melodiously sang to the glory of God under the direction of his late Aunt Ms. Willie McDowell.

In his late 20s, he moved from North Carolina to Maryland, where he worked at Brunning Paint Company for many years. Frank worked for a variety of companies in the Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia areas, where he acquired many skills and worked faithfully until his retirement in his late 60s.

Frank was an easy-going, generous and peace-loving man. Along with other activities, his favorite past-times included singing, watching sports and WeTV, and hanging with friends at “The Clubhouse” in Southwest Baltimore close to where he lived.

Frank was a loving father and loyal friend with an undying fervor for music. His life’s passion of singing and spreading the love of Jesus through Gospel music will be a legacy that he leaves with us all.

Frank leaves to cherish his memory his siblings, Deacon Samuel Sam (Gay) Mott, Linda (Henry) Hammons, Deacon Furman (Ann) Mott; his son Rodney (Sheila) Dalton; the children from his union with Diane, Sheila (Damon) Spence of Baltimore, Md., Gregory (Amy) Rhoney of Winston-Salem, Ivan (Alease) Mott and Michael (Lasonya) Mott, and Kerwin Mott, all of Baltimore, Md., and through his lifelong friendship with Cheryl, Andre (Patrice) and Charlotte. He also leaves to mourn 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

He was affectionately known as Granddaddy by his grandkids and Pops.

Frank leaves to his children the legacy of the love of music as they all have embraced their musical gifts as God-given.

He not only loved to watch sports, but he was a great basketball player and was well known in his community for talent in both basketball and boxing.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 1 p.m. at The Mary B. Bigham Memorial Chapel of Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Bishop Deborah Walls will officiate and Elder Ricky Flowers will eulogize with burial to follow in the Mott Family Plot in The Belmont Cemetery. Mr. Mott will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, where members of the family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1 p.m., but will assemble at the residence of his brother, Furmon Mott, 619 Charlotte Avenue, Statesville, at other times.

Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Mott at

Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Mott Family.

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