John Abner Moates

John Abner Moates, 72, of Enterprise, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 in Medical Center Enterprise.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 18, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Ben Bowden and Rev. Sonny Moore officiating. Burial followed in Enterprise City Cemetery with Searcy Funeral Home directing. Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, 302 North Main Street, Enterprise, AL 36330 or to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago. IL 60611.

John graduated from Enterprise High School in 1964. He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s in agriculture and a master’s in counseling. He was a counselor in the Enterprise school system for 39 years.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Harris (Pat) Moates Sr.; and Anne Rogers Moates and his sister, Mary Moates Joines.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Maxine Atwood Moates of Enterprise; son, Justin Atwood Moates; daughter, Amanda Moates Secrest (David); three grandsons, Jackson, Collier and Clay Secrest, all of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Tom Moates (Carolyn) of Enterprise; sister-in-law, Olivia Atwood Williams of Montgomery; aunt, Charlotte Moates Clark of Elba; eight nieces and nephews; and his special caregiver, Alex Shipmon.

Honorary pallbearers were members of John’s Sunday School Class and the deacons of First Baptist Church.

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