[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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HONORING MOZELLE REYNOLDS DOBYNS
HON. H. MORGAN GRIFFITH
in the house of representatives
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Mr. GRIFFITH. Mr. Speaker, I would like to honor the life of Mozelle
Reynolds Dobyns, who passed away on June 29, 2017 at the age of 102.
Mozelle and her late husband Garner were always wonderful people, and
they were always giving people. Mozelle loved Republican politics, but
she loved her God more.
Mozelle was born in a Roanoke County farmhouse in 1915, in a
farmhouse without electricity or running water. In an early sign of her
tenacity, Mozelle proved wrong the doctors that had told her parents
she would not live more than a few days. She attended Andrew Lewis High
School in Salem and contributed to the war effort in World War II as a
worker at Radford Arsenal. She then worked at Burlington Hosiery Mill
until it closed in 1963.
Mozelle put her faith first. It guided how she lived and how she
cared for others. She attended Ft. Lewis Christian Church in her early
years, spent 65 years at Melrose Christian Church, and in 2014 returned
to Ft. Lewis. While at Melrose, she served as the first female Elder,
as Elder Emeritus, and as Chairman of the Board. She taught Sunday
School for decades and worked along with Garner as a counselor for
Christian Endeavor, a nondenominational youth group. Generations of
young people benefited from her guidance.
Mozelle was not expected to live long at birth, but she kept going
until near the end of her life. Even at 95 years of age, she still
bought groceries for a neighbor. She drove until she was 96, and mowed
her own lawn until she was 98.
Mozelle lived her life well, and many are better for it. I will miss
this good woman, but as her many “children” from her Sunday school
classes and youth groups will tell you, she always knew her Lord, Jesus