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James Lawrence Moss
Reverend James Lawrence Moss, 78, resident of 133 Highland Terrace husband of Dorothy Baker Moss passed away Friday Feb. 27, 2009 at Abbeville Nursing Home.
Born in Kings Mt., NC he was a son of the late M.B. and Eva Moss Moss.
Rev. Moss was a proud recipient of the Eagle Scout Award in 1947. He was a 1948 graduate of Kings Mountian High School and also a 1950 graduate of Presbyterian Junior College in Maxton, NC and graduated from King College in Bristol, TN in 1952 with a BA degree in History and Political Science. In 1955 he received his Master of Divinity degree from Columbus Theological Seminary. He was the Missionary of the Presbyterian Church to Brazil from 1956 until 1962. Rev. Moss retired from the Ministry in 1989 after serving 35 years. His many churches and congregations included Back Creek Presbyterian Church in Mt. Ulla, NC, Bethel and Scherer Presbyterian Churches in Clover, SC, Manning Presbyterian Church in Manning, SC, New Harmony Presbyterian Church in Alcolu, SC, New Hope Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, SC, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Chester, SC and Grace Presbyterian Church in Aiken, SC. Rev. Moss had a deep passion for his Lord Jesus Christ. He had a tremendous love for his family and his many congregations he served. He was extremely proud of the lives that his children lead and the decisions they made and for their growth in Christ. Jesus Christ matters in everything we are and do.
Survivors are his beloved wife of 52 years Dorothy Baker Moss of the home; his children son, Marc Moss and his wife Dona of Yorktown, VA; daughters Amy and husband Belson Jones of Abbeville, SC; Elza and her husband Robert Reeves of Louisville, KY; Beth and her husband Mitchell Gregory of Apex, NC; brothers Bill Moss of Kings Mt, NC and Carl Moss of Indian Trail, NC; 14 grandchildren Hannah Gregory, Millie Jones, Claira Moss, Joseph Moss, Chris Moss, Tim Moss, Andrew Moss, Kirk Moss, Steven Reeves, Mark Reeves, Keith Jones, John Gregory, James Gregory and Thomas Gregory.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday March 3, 2009 at 3:00 PM at Lebanon Presbyterian Church. The burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Rev. Moss is at the Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Monday evening. The family is at the home of his daughter Mr. & Mrs. Belson Jones 2327 Hwy. 72 West Abbeville, SC.
Memorials in memory of Rev. Moss may be made to the Alzheimer's Association 332 Main St. Suite 400A Greenwood, SC 29649 or to Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Missionary Fund, 698 Mt. Carmel Rd. Abbeville, SC 29620.
VisitationChandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC 29620
Monday, March 2, 2009
ServiceLebanon Presbyterian Church
698 Mount Carmel Road
Abbeville, SC 29620
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
IntermentLebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery
698 Mount Carmel Road
Abbeville , SC 29620
a good friend, short in stature but one of the biggest men I ever knew
William "Bill" Jones Mar 3 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Moss Family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember all of your family fondly. My father send his regrets. You are in our prayers
Donita Mckinney Sims Mar 3 2009 12:00 AM
Mr Moss will surely be missed He played I vital role in my life when you moved to Abbeville and has influenced my family in so many positive ways He was a great man and pastor & friend-- Love to all of you Betty
Betty McCord Summer Mar 3 2009 12:00 AM
At PJC I was the catcher and always enjoyed it when Jim pitched. He was a great guy and a good friend. You are in my prayers.
Tom Stewart Mar 3 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Dot and Family, Jim was one of my mentors who taught me how to be a pastor. It was an honor to know him and a priviledge to have he and Dot come and minister to us and our church in Greenwood. Betsy and I are praying for you all and thanking our Lord for sharing with His church such a choice servant as brother Jim. Love, Clent & Betsy
Clent Ilderton Mar 2 2009 12:00 AM
DEAR MOSS FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. YOU WILL ALL BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. LOVE, HARBY
HARBY GUY WILLIAMS Mar 2 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Mrs. Dot, The world is a little less bright! Pastor Moss was an amazing preacher and I am so happy for the foundations he helped to lay in my heart when I was a child. God used you and Jim in our lives in such a very special way and I am so very thankful to Him for that. I am so thankful for the prayers Pastor Moss lifted up for me. I know that I will see him in heaven one day because of salvation in Christ! What a day of rejoicing that will be! My prayers are with you and your family! Sending a big hug! Love, Ivy (Moore), Irek, Izabella and Olivia Fogt.
Ivy Moore Fogt Mar 2 2009 12:00 AM
The warm stories and sermons, always sincere but delivered with a bit of humor made Rev. Moss's visits to Grace very much appreciated.
Jerry & Cindy George Mar 1 2009 12:00 AM
There are no words to express the loss of such a wonderful man! He will be missed by family, friends and community alike. He was our guide and friend. He has now been released from his earthly body and the chains that bound him and risen triumphant to the glory of his heavenly reward. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Susan M(cCord) Weeden Mar 1 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Ms. Dot, Mark, Amy, Elza, and Beth, Mama just called this morning to let me know about Mr. Jim. I just wanted to let you all know that I am thinking of you all at this time. I know the last years have been difficult for all of you with Mr. Moss' illness. I am reflecting on the rich Christian life that he led and all the people's lives he came in contact with and influenced by his humanity and humor. I know me and Elizabeth Ann can attest to that. Just the other day, Elizabeth Ann was saying that it was Mr. Moss who taught her the essentials of basketball. I heard "Rock the Boat" the other day and I remembered all of Mr. Moss' parodies of the popular songs, and his "Hee Haw" style jokes. Living next door to the manse and keeping up with Mr. and Mrs. Moss all these years, I know their ministry has not always been an easy one, but I never heard them complain. I am grateful to have known Mr. Jim Moss. May God Bless. Jimmy Daniels
Jimmy Daniels Mar 1 2009 12:00 AM