Obituary – James Edward Mote

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MINDEN — James Edward Mote, 95, Minden, formerly of Wilcox, died Feb. 6, 2015, at the Bethany Home, Minden.

Visitation will be Feb. 12, from 4-8 p.m., with the family greeting from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home, Holdrege.

Funeral Services for Rev. James E. Mote will be Feb. 13, at 10:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church, Wilcox, with Pastor Phillip Clay officiating. Masonic Rites will be performed at the conclusion of the services at the church by the Jachin Lodge #146 AF&AM.

Interment will be held in the Wilcox Cemetery with military honors provided by the Wilcox / Hildreth American Legion and V.F.W., in conjunction with the United States Army Military Honor Guard.

James was born May 23, 1919, at El Cajon, Calif., the fifth of seven children born to John Asa and Lura May (Barnhill) Mote. James received his education at Grossmont High School in Grossmont, Calif., graduating with the class of 1939. He then pursued higher education at San Dimas, Calif., for his first two years of college before serving in WWII. He was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps Jan. 21, 1942, and served with the 773rd Bomb Squadron in the European African Theater until his honorable discharge Oct. 2, 1945. Following his service, James returned to college at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. James then pursued his calling to ministry and attended seminary at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colo., and later received his Master’s Degree of Divinity. He was appointed to serve the Methodist Church in Tryon. While serving this church he met Dorothy Loella Tupper. They were married Sept. 6, 1964, at the Community Methodist Church, Tryon. The couple made their home in Overton, where Jim served the United Methodist Church. Dorothy was supportive of Jim’s ministry and enjoyed life as a Pastor’s wife. From 1972-1976 they served in Stratton, and then were appointed to the Laurel and Logan Center churches. In 1981, they ministered in the Orchard and Royal churches until retiring in 1985, and moving to Wilcox. Following retirement, Jim continued to serve his Lord by filling the pulpit at the Mascot Bethel Church, Harlan County for several years.

Pastor Mote was a member of the American Legion, the Wilcox Lion’s Club, and the Jachin Lodge #146 AF&AM Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, carpentry, and tending to his garden. Jim and Dorothy also enjoyed many travels together including, Alaska, Hawaii, Israel and Canada.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, November 2002. In 2007, Jim began to make his home at the Bethany Home in Minden. In recent years, Jim enjoyed the company of his special friend, Margaret Sigurdson.

Survivors include his sister, Lura Stoakes, and her husband, Clair, Winside; sister-in-law, Maxine Aspegren, Holdrege; special friend, Margaret Sigurdson, Minden; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides his wife, Dorothy and his parents; Jim was preceded in death by his step mother, Elva (Huddleston) Mote; four brothers, Hugh Mote, Daniel Mote, Harry Mote and John Platt Mote, who died in infancy; and sister, Rosella Robertson.

A memorial has been established in Jim’s memory and kindly suggested to the Wilcox United Methodist Church.