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James Hartwell Motley, Sr.

April 6, 1922 March 13, 2019
James Hartwell Motley, Sr.
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Obituary for James Hartwell Motley, Sr.

James Hartwell Motley, Sr., 96, of Chatham, Va., passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born in Lynchburg, Va. on April 6, 1922, the son of the late James Hill Motley and Lenora Ramsey Motley. He grew up in the Sheva Community where he was raised on the family farm.

Mr. Motley was a mechanic by trade, and his employment experiences included the Navy Shipyard in Norfolk, Va. and Langley Airforce Base. He retired from Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation (currently Williams). He served in the U.S. Army Airforce. He gave many years of service to Chatham Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Motley was a member of Sheva Church of Christ before joining Watson Memorial United Methodist Church, where his membership was current.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Marguerite Thomas Motley. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Margaret Adams and Delma White; and his brother, Fuller Motley.

Survivors include his daughter, Mary Gail Easley (Lanier); his sons, James Hartwell “Buster” Motley, Jr. (Barbara), Rev. Richard Lee Motley (Molly), and Donald Hill Motley (Nelda); as well as 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Watson Memorial United Methodist Church, Chatham, with Rev. Blair O’Quinn officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday evening, March 15, at Norris Mt. Hermon Chapel, and at other times at the residence. The family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to the Chatham Vol. Fire Department, 35 Depot St., Chatham, VA 24531.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, 3995 Franklin Tpke., Danville, Va. is respectfully serving the Motley family. Online condolences may be made at

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Receiving of Friends




6:00 PM 3/15/2019 6:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/15/2019 7:00:00 PM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Mount Hermon Chapel

3995 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540

Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Mount Hermon Chapel
3995 Franklin Turnpike Danville 24540 VA
United States

Funeral Service




2:00 PM 3/16/2019 2:00:00 PM
Watson Memorial United Methodist Church

136 North Main Street
Chatham, VA 24531

Watson Memorial United Methodist Church
136 North Main Street Chatham 24531 VA
United States

Cemetery Details


Hillcrest Burial Park Final Resting Place

Hill Crest Lane
Chatham, VA 24531

Hill Crest Lane Chatham 24531 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Chatham Volunteer Fire Department

35 Depot Street
Chatham, VA 24531

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