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Darnell Motley

February 19, 1955 ~ July 3, 2022 (age 67)

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For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-10


Darnell Motley was born on Saturday, February 19, 1955 in Northampton County (Jackson), North Carolina, to the parentage of Ruth Ann Davis Motley and the late Woodrow Motley.

In his youth, Darnell was a member of the Boys Club of New York, Pitt St. Clubhouse. He flourished and was quite the athlete, excelling and winning awards in multiple sports. He was immensely liked and respected by management, staff and fellow Club members. In 1969, he received their highest award for excellence, the William Hale Harkness Medal.

Darnell served his country in the United States Marine Corps, being Honorably Discharged. He loved people and never met a stranger. He enjoyed a good laugh and possessed many characteristics that could easily brighten up anyone’s day. He always had a story or joke to tell, sure to make you laugh. Darnell would help anyone he could and was very supportive of many community events, by attending and pitching in to help in any way he could.

On Sunday, July 3, 2022, God in his infinite wisdom, called our dear loved home to eternal rest. Darnell was 67 years of age. He is now reunited with all those relatives and friends who have preceded him in death.

The timing was not ours… the situation not ideal. You fought a heavy fight, In time our hearts shall heal. You deserve to take your rest, This is something we all know, You are in a better place, But inside we don’t want you to go. Rest easy in the Lord, One day we’ll meet again, Forever you’ll be our hero, Your story shall never end and will forever live on in the hearts of: his son, Eric Motley of New York; his beloved mother, Ruth A. Motley of Jackson, North Carolina; his siblings, Jacqueline Sanders (Johnny) of Arizona, Kenneth Lee Motley of Georgia, Cynthia Motley Cotton (Timothy) of Raleigh, North Carolina and Woodrow Jumal Irizarry of Delaware; aunts and uncles, Evelyn Edwards, Minister Joanne Edwards Hinton, Sandra Singletary (Don), Dwayne Edwards and Dianne Edwards; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, whom will miss him dearly.


Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Mr. Motley's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family. 


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Graveside Memorial Service
July 23, 2022

10:00 AM
Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Firetower Road
Jackson, NC 27845

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