A friend of a friend-Mark Moses-Mabel Moses-September 17

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for September 17,2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

If you haven’t met Mabel Moses you just haven’t lived. The woman is unique, caring, sassy, passionate, and slightly opinionated. She is a former employee at Converse Inc in Lumberton, NC and I am quite certain she has the largest single collection of Chuck Taylor shoes that can be worn by women. She has ben seen sporting Chuck Taylor High Heels.


Mabel is the de facto mom to Ben Miller’s UNC Pembroke Basketball team. She does a lot in the community to make sure the Braves Basketball is well supported. I should know because when I was the basketball coach she supported me. She loves the Braves Basketball players. Photo below of Mabel and George Blackney.


Mabel Moses has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the Governor of North Carolina for all of her work related to volunteering and service to her community. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the most prestigious honor a citizen of the Stare of North Carolina can receive.

Photo of Mabel receiving Order of Long Leaf Pine from Barbara Walters wife of former NC State Senator Michael Walters in 2012.


Mabel is part of the Lumbee Tribe and is extremely proud of her heritage and American Indian ancestry. She is very knowledgeable about many American Indian historical events. In 2013 she was crowned Senior Miss Lumbee. I can assure you no one was more proud to represent her people than Mabel.

Photo below of Judge Greg Bell, Mabel Moses, and Sheena Smith during Mabel’s reign as Senior Miss Lumbee.


Mabel has been married since 1987 to her friend Steven Moses who most of us call Mark.

The Friend-MABEL MOSES-shown with Lumbee Tribe Chairman Paul Brooks


The Friend of the Friend-MARK MOSES and Mabel


The Rio Grande College Man

Mabel’s husband is a sports fan to,the core. He has strong ties to the state of Ohio and loves The Ohio State University. He can tell you with conviction and passion what is going on with the Buckeyes. If you really want him to get passionate about a topic bring up a couple of names. First is Rio Grande University and second is Bevo Francis.

Rio Grande has a contemporary 190 acre campus located in Rio Grande, Ohio, nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of the Southeastern region of Ohio offering students the safety associated with a small town. The Rio Grande campus is an oasis of learning, innovation, and technology in the region.

For fans of college basketball like me Rio Grande is associated with Bevo Francis.


In the early 1950s, Francis became a national sensation playing for tiny Rio (pronounced RYE-oh) Grande College in southeastern Ohio. Almost a half-century later, many of his scoring records still stand. The 6-foot-9, sweet-shooting Francis still holds the college record for most points scored in a game (113) and his 46.5 average in the 1953-54 season remains the NCAA Division II mark.

His 48.3 average in 1952-53 is the NAIA record. Actually, Francis averaged 50.1 that season, but a 116-point performance and 26 other games didn’t count in the official NCAA and NAIA stats because they came against junior colleges and military teams.

Bevo passed away in 2015 and the  Lumberton, NC Converse plant closed nearly twenty years ago but Mark and Mabel Moses still have strong ties to both. Not sure Bevo would have known what to do if he met Mabel wearing her Chuck Taylor High Heels. If he did meet her I promise he would never forget her.


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