At 93, Mocksville mayor Francis Slate is ready for retirement from public office

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Mocksville Mayor Francis Slate, left, talks with Gov. Pat McCrory after a ceremony at Pro Refrigeration in Mocksville in 2013. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A blizzard raged one December night in 1958, blanketing the streets of Mocksville with a thick layer of snow, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

A couple from South Africa, exhausted from their third cross-country trip in weeks, took shelter with their two young children inside a rundown motel on the outskirts of town, the only room for miles.

Francis Slate, hired to be the new surgeon at Davie County Hospital, was 8,000 miles from his beloved home of Cape Town, South Africa, and on that bitterly cold night, he could not have felt farther away from the beaches on which he loved to lie and while away the hours.

Fifty-seven years after arriving as a stranger, Slate is fully entrenched in this town of 5,100, earning the respect and reverence of generations of Mocksvillians for his work as a surgeon and thoughtful politician.

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