Havlin C. “Dick” Motley, 95, of Tecumseh, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Edmond.
Halvin C. “Dick” Motley, 95, of Tecumseh, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Edmond.
He was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Macomb to James Leonard and Maggie Lee (Minyard) Motley.
Dick was raised in the Macomb area and attended Macomb Public Schools.
He proudly served his country for four years in the U.S. Army during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 24, 1947.
On Dec. 23, 1950, he married the love of his life, Anna Lee “Annie” James. She preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 2018.
Dick worked at Tinker Air Force Base as a Radar Tech, later retiring after 25 years of service.
He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Tecumseh and a lifetime member of DAV, VFW and American Legion. He loved golfing, motorcycles, trucks, carpentry and spending time at the Lester Motley Farm. He had quite the green thumb, often challenging others to grow a larger tomato or sunflower than him. He never met a stranger and could make anyone laugh. Although he had no children of his own, he formed a special bond with a girl he babysat from birth, Krystina. He was such a nurturing grandpa that she often call him mommy – so he taught her to say “Poppy,” and the name stuck. He was the best Poppy anyone could wish for.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anna Lee “Annie” Motley; his parents, James and Maggie Motley; seven brothers, Bill, Virgil, Delbert, Howard, Cecil, Lester and Elmer; and one sister, Ruba Mae Motley.
Those left to cherish his memory are his special adopted family, Sherry and Robert Cadenhead of Edmond, and Krystina Cadenhead and husband Nathan Pitcovich of Edmond; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Motley of Kingfisher, and Roberta Motley of Tecumseh; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19, before the service.
Service will be 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Tony Peak, Tecumseh First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.