WHITE OAK — For the past handful of years, one of the more recognizable faces during each and every event, large or small, at Harmony Hall Plantation Village has belonged to Bobby Mozingo of Seven Springs.
That face, however — with its cherubic shape covered by a white beard and topped by a historically correct Revolutionary or outdoorsman hat — will be missed. Mozingo suffered a massive heart attack on Tuesday, June 3, at his home and passed away.
“He died sitting in his favorite chair after returning from an appointment with his doctor and breakfast in town with Karen (his wife), who was the love of his life,” said Rebecca Martin, a supporter of Harmony Hall.
Along with his wife, Mozingo loved history and especially Harmony Hall. Not long ago, the Mozingos celebrated a renewing of their marriage vows at the plantation home.
“He really enjoyed his time at Harmony Hall,” said Bobby Lewis, the field marshal at Harmony Hall Plantation Village. “He and his wife were both very loyal supporters of Harmony Hall.”
Lewis met Mozingo about five years ago during a re-enactment in Clarkton.
“We struck up an instant and lasting friendship,” Lewis said. “He was very genuine and never met someone he didn’t like.”
For about two years, the Mozingos lived in the Wanda Campbell House on the grounds of Harmony Hall, serving as an overseer of the property. They eventually returned to Seven Springs to care for an ailing daughter.
Over the course of his time at Harmony Hall, Mozingo showed his enjoyment for cooking over an open flame — often preparing a variety of stews and other treats for weekend visitors to the site. He was just as likely to be found at a nearby picnic table enjoying the fruits of his open-flame cooking.
“He did a lot of that, and more, out of his own pocket,” Lewis said. “He and Karen have been a big part of the backbone for Harmony Hall.”
Mozingo, who was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, never shied away from participating in any kind of re-enactment being put on throughout the region. Whether it was Revolutionary War or Civil War, he could be found among the re-enactors along with his wife.
“He really loved history,” Lewis said. “He told me many times he thought he was living on borrowed time, so he was going to enjoy doing what he liked as long as he could.”
Mozingo had been scheduled to be at Harmony Hall Plantation Village last week to start a cleanup effort, and again over the weekend for a workday. Both were rescheduled after the word of his death came.
“Bobby will be sorely missed,” Lewis said. “Not only as a supporter of Harmony Hall and as someone who loves history, but especially as a friend.”
A graveside service for Mozingo was held Friday in Seven Springs.