Mosley Luther Frederick died on Tuesday morning surrounded by his family. M.L. was a loving and kind son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He leaves behind his legacy of love, selflessness, humility and good will to all those who knew him. M.L. leaves to cherish his memory, Shirley Robinson Frederick, loving wife of 56 years; his son, Gregory D. Frederick, daughter-in-law, Alison Pittman Frederick and grandchildren, Natalie Alison Frederick and Joseph Gregory Frederick of Louisa, Virginia. He was born on September 1, 1931 in Rocky Mount, the son of Mosley Luther and Lillian Grimes Frederick.
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As a youth, he was active as a Boy Scout. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served a tour of duty in Germany. After his military commitment, he worked with Atlantic Coast Line Railroad prior to starting a small business, Frederick's Grocery, which he owned and operated for over 35 years. The store allowed him to assist many individuals and families beyond just the daily business operation. Many of his customers knew him for his kindness and generosity. For many years, he donated food and toys to the less fortunate. Saint Marks AME Church cited him as the "Church's Man of the Year" for his service to the local community. In retirement, M.L. continued his commitment to humanitarian service through the Rocky Mount Luncheon Lions Club where he held numerous offices and was honored in 2000, 2005 and 2008 with "Lion of the Year" for his service. He was a Jack Stickley Fellow and a Melvin Jones Fellow. His involvement with Englewood United Methodist Church spanned 40 years where he served as Chairman of the Trustees, Chairman of the Pastor-Parrish Relationship Committee and the Finance Committee.
M.L. and Shirley traveled extensively to many states and countries. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his family on Saturday afternoons every autumn at State football games. He and his brother Ray remained very close throughout their lives. Now they are together again. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Clifton R. Frederick, Wayne Frederick and wife Norma M. Frederick and his sisters, Mildred F. Smith and Helen M. Frederick, infant. He is survived by his sister in law, Miriam Taylor Frederick, brother in law Charles B. Smith and numerous nieces and nephews.
The service and celebration of M.L.'s life will be held at Englewood Methodist Church on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 2:00pm. Visitation will be held at noon prior to the Service. Burial will follow the service at Pineview Cemetary. Visitors may call at the home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Rocky Mount Luncheon Lions Club, PO Box 1235, Rocky Mount, NC 27802 or Englewood United Methodist Church, 300 South Circle Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.
The family thanks the staff at Autumn Care Nursing Home and Nash General Hospital for their compassionate care and support in recent days.
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting http://www.wheelerwoodlief.com/
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Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on May 2, 2013