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

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,

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