Jerry L Motley

Born: Mon., Jul. 27, 1942
Died: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 16, 2020
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Feb. 16, 2020
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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Jerry L. Motley, age 77 of Barry, IL passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.  He was born on July 27, 1942 to Woodrow & Della (Ator) Motley in St. Charles, MO.  Jerry married Ruth Ann Tittsworth on July 19, 1964 at the United Methodist Church in El Dara, IL and she survives.

Jerry graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1960 and went on to Bailey Technical School in St. Louis, MO where he received his mechanical certification.
He was employed as a mechanic in Hull, IL and Hannibal, MO. He lived and worked on the family farm until his retirement in 1995. Jerry continued working on the Sny Levee Drainage District for a few years until his health no longer allowed him to work.

Jerry was a member of the El Dara Masonic Lodge and past member of the Pike County Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the El Dara Methodist Church until its closing and went on to attend Atlas Church and House of Prayer Kinderhook.

In his younger years, he enjoyed racing at the Pittsfield Raceway and always loved working on cars and especially driving them. Jerry was a die hard Cardinal fan and always made sure he had the new schedule every year. He enjoyed the outdoors as well as hunting small game and deer. Jerry was an avid historian and loved learning about history. He was a very determined and outspoken man who was faithful to his family. He especially loved joking with his grandchildren and playing checkers with them.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; son, David Lee (Kim) Motley of Barry, IL; daughter, Mary Elaine (Alan) Nigg of Springfield, MI; grandchildren, Ryan Motley of Carbondale, IL, Rachel Motley of Barry, IL, Jacob Nigg of Grand Rapids, MI and Morgan Nigg of Springfield, MI; brother, Stanley (Betty) Motley of Wildwood, MO; brother-in-law, Wayne (Ella) Tittsworth of Pittsfield, IL; niece, Lisa Gard of Columbia, MO along with several other nieces and nephews. Also surviving is Rhonda Moran of Phoenix, AZ, a special cousin who lived with Jerry and Stanley throughout their childhood and many other special cousins.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; one great grandchild in infancy; nephew, Steven Richard Motley and brother-in-law, Fred Evon Tittsworth.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry. Interment will follow at Taylor Martin Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at the funeral chapel. Memorials are suggested to be made to Pike County Cancer Group or House of Prayer Kinderhook. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Jerry's memory to the following organizations:

House of Prayer

Pike County Cancer Society

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Stanley Motley
   Posted Thu February 13, 2020

Florist selection was sent by Stanley and Betty Motley, Scott and Lisa Gard.

With Our Fondest Memories, Deepest Sympathy and Love, Stanley, Betty, Scott and Lisa

Nancy Sobotka
   Posted Fri February 14, 2020

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Nancy and Amy.

Our deepest sympathy, Amy and Nancy

   Posted Sat February 15, 2020
Dear Mary, I am so very sorry and sad, that your dad has passed. I just wanted you to know you and your family will be in my daily prayers, always. Just know how much I care, and will always be here, for YOU, if you ever need a friend, just to chat. Love you and know that HE will be with you always, during these days that follow.
My HEART is sad for YOU!!!
Much Love and Many Prayers, ALWAYS!!!
Julie Zehnder

Richard & Fern Heitholt
   Posted Sat February 15, 2020
Dear Ruth Ann and Motley family,
We are sorry to learn of Jerry’s passing. We send our sincere sympathy, May God’s blessings and the good memories bring some comfort at this difficult time.

Bonnie Claus Long
   Posted Sun February 16, 2020
Sympathy to all Jerry’s family,
I am sure none of you know me, however, I was in Jerry’s PHS class of 60.
I just want you to know he is remembered.
My Sincere condolence, Bonnie

Robert (Bob) Schedel
   Posted Sun February 16, 2020
Saddening to learn of Jerry's passing. We were classmates in the PHS Class of 1960. He was a good and gentle fellow.....

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