James M. Motley

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James M. Motley, 75, of Friendship, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.

He was a retired Command Sgt. Major with U.S. Army, where he served for 21 years, served two tours in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star Medal, member of Fowlkes Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, member of Hess Lodge #93, worked with the Salvation Army, former Chief Deputy for the Dyer County Sheriff's Department, ROTC instructor at Central Michigan University and member of the Retiree Council of Fort Campbell, KY.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Buckley officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery with full military honors.

The family will receive visitors from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday with Masonic Services at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Bettie Motley of Friendship; a daughter, Pam Reasons and husband, Jeff, of Newbern; two sons, Michael Motley of Dyersburg and Scott Motley and wife, Laura, of Collierville; two sisters, Vida Hutchison of Hendersonville and Sue Youngblood of Woodbury; three brothers, Gerald Motley and Terry Motley, both of Woodbury and Robert Motley of Scottsburg, IN.; and two grandchildren, Bradley Childress and wife, Asia, and Tyler Childress, all of Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Comer and Anna Hall Motley.

Members of the U.S. Army will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Gurley Sunday School Class and Deacon's of the church.
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