Mr. Larry C. Motley, 80, of Opelika went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. He passed away at EAMC surrounded by loved ones.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, followed by a graveside service at Garden Hills Cemetery. Services were officiated by Pastors Mark Jenkins and Ryan Willis of Restoration Church in Auburn.
Larry is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Motley, and parents Horace and Edna Motley. At the age of 58, Mr. Motley married the love of his life, Betty, and instantly became a father, grandfather, great-grandfather and recently a great-great grandfather. He is survived by five children, Terri (Randy) Workman, Kim (Dennis) Roberts, Angie (Robby) Jones, Michael (Dianne) Moncus, and Michelle Price; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; his three siblings, Linda Motley, Joel (Dinah) Motley, and Glenda (Gerald) Gooden; his nephews Jonathan (Jessica) Bedwell, Matthew (Lindsey) Motley, and Michael (Lauren) Motley; three great-nephews Andrew Bedwell, Graham Motley, and Myles Motley; two great-nieces Katherine Bedwell and Eleanor Motley; an honorary nephew Anderson Willis, and an honorary niece Sophia Jenkins.
Larry was born in Henry County, Alabama on Jan. 25, 1942. He was a graduate of Opelika High School in the class of 1960. He was a member of Restoration Church of Auburn, Alabama. His faith in God, his family, and his friends were the most important things in his life. He worked in children’s ministry, was known for his help with catering church events, and was always willing to serve in any way he may have been needed. He volunteered for several years with the Life Savers and Sidewalk Sunday School ministry in Opelika, and co-founded with this wife Betty, a Backpack Sunday ministry to provide school supplies for children in need. Larry loved Auburn Football and shared this love with his nephews. He was known for his tender spirit, encouraging words, his desire to serve, his love of children, and his loving smile. He lived his life for God and set a wonderful example for his family and friends.
Flowers will be accepted, or in lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the Backpack Sunday ministry through Restoration.