Frederick, “Fred” H. Mohn, Sr, 73, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Fred was born on October 17, 1945. He was the fifth of six children of the late J.F. Mohn, Sr. and Lyde Carter Mohn of Richlands, NC. Fred graduated from Richlands High School, Class of 1964. He was a member of the marching band, seated as First Clarinet in the Concert Band, and Tenor Saxophonist in the Dance Band (The Pastels). Fred served as Vice President of the Senior Class, Co-Captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. His teachers voted him The Most Versatile Male Student and his classmates awarded Fred the Senior Superlative of Most Athletic.
Fred and his four brothers and sister would testify that it was during these early years whereby their work ethic was established in stone. Their parents taught them discipline and individual responsibility and that there were no free lunches and everyone had to pitch in. All the children worked many long hours on the farms harvesting tobacco, corn, beans and attending to hogs, pigs and cows. In addition to farm life, Fred and all his siblings worked very hard in the many businesses their parents had established; The JF Mohn and Sons Mercantile and Clothing Co., J.F. Mohn and Sons Oil and Grain Co., and J. F. Mohn and Sons Tractor Company. They learned the rough and tumble of politics in the early 1960’s when their Dad ran for the NC House of Representative on a platform titled, “Should We as Christians Speak Out”, and watched their Dad serve four successful terms. Every Sunday was set aside for worship.
After high school graduation, Fred began his freshman year at East Carolina College. His sophomore year he was drafted into the US Army, a norm during the Vietnam Era. After completing his basic training at Fort Bragg, he was ordered to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas where he was trained and received his certification to serve as a Combat Medic. Fred volunteered for the Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia and upon completion of training earned his “jump wings”, he was then assigned to the elite 82nd Airborne Division. With his military obligation and Honorable Discharge complete, Fred returned back to ECU to complete his college education.
While at ECU, Fred met his beloved sweetheart and best friend, Virginia Mark Edmondson, a music major from Maury, NC. Fred graduated with an AB degree in Sociology and a Minor in Political Science. Fred and Virginia were married June 2, 1974, while Virginia was completing her senior year at ECU.
Fred began his work career with the NC Department of Insurance beginning in 1973. For the first five years he was an Investigator/Insurance Premium Finance Analyst. In 1978 he was promoted to Special Service Division Supervisor. In 1986 Fred was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner and Chief Investigator of the Special Service Division. Fred was a sworn law enforcement officer and upon retirement in 2000, he was honored with The Order of The Long Leaf Pine signed by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. After retirement, Fred returned back to the workplace and was employed with Johnson Lexus of Raleigh and worked 17 years.
Fred and Virginia lived in Raleigh, Cary and moved to Knightdale in 1979. Throughout these years Fred and Virginia with four children in tow, built a very successful part time Amway Distributorship, establishing other distributors throughout the United States and even abroad. On the weekends they would travel extensively throughout North Carolina and many other states building their business, going to conferences, conventions and developing friendships with people from every walk of life which would last a lifetime. They together achieved the level of Pearl Direct Distributors.
Fred was baptized at an early age at The First Christian Church in Richlands, NC. In 1983, by letter of transfer, he joined Bethlehem Baptist Church in Knightdale. As a dedicated member, he served on various committees and most noted for serving as one of the teachers for the Senior Men Bible Study Sunday School Class for many years.
Fred was an avid sports fan of NASCAR Racing and of course ECU football. He loved all of the pets the children brought home to include Doc, Maggie, Ms Kitty, Tucker and many others. His joy and happiness was spending time with his wonderful, dedicated and faithful wife, Virginia of 45 years. He loved and adorned his four children and their spouses and especially his six grandchildren. Fred and the family felt blessed when they could all spend time together at the house cooking out and enjoying the outdoor fireplace and watching the different sporting events on TV; or gathering together at the condo at Salter Path, enjoying the beach, the pool or boat riding with Captain Lipcsak; and especially their annual Christmas Party when just about everybody showed up. We can hear Fred saying right now, “Thank You Lord for all of Our Many Blessings”. If Fred did have a hobby it would be what he called, “peddling” in their yard. That peddling got him and Virginia Yard of the Month twice from the local garden club.
Fred is survived by his wife, Virginia Mark Edmondson Mohn; his four children: Erick Mohn (Marie Carmen) of Wake Forest, Joseph James (Christie) of Wendell; Christopher Jackson (Lynn) of Clayton, Mary Elizabeth Mohn Lipcsak (Michael) of Archer Lodge; grandchildren: Harley Grey Mohn, James Mohn, Poppy Mohn, Jackson Mohn, Levi Lipcsak, Shepherd Lipcsak; brothers: Jimmy Mohn of Richlands, Don Mohn of Richlands, Robert Mohn (Donna) of Raleigh, David Mohn (Jo) of Stella; sister, Kay M. Payne of Jacksonville; brother-in-law, Jack Edmondson (Gail) of Maury; sister-in-law, Nina Paul Vinson of Maury; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale and other times at the home.
Funeral service 2:00 pm, Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 8400 Poole Road, Knightdale. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rex Cancer Center, 4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607.