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 Joe Bailey Motley

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Joe Bailey Motley

Birth
Grand Prairie, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Death 17 May 2010 (aged 91)
Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 52589586 View Source

Motley, Joe Bailey Born January 10, 1919 to a pioneer Texas family who settled in Mesquite, Joe B. Motley, 91, of Garland died Monday, May 17, 2010 at a Dallas hospital. The youngest of eight children, Joe was born in Grand Prairie to John Stephen and Eliza Nash Motley. After his father died in 1925, the family moved to Garland where he graduated from Garland High School in 1936. He attended the University of Texas and later enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard in 1942 where he served 3 1/2 years. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Range on July 26 and began what would be almost 68 years of marriage. Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, four sisters and his beloved daughter Marilyn, he is survived by his wife, daughter and son-in-law Molly and Mark Grant, grandchildren Ethan Hunter and Alexi Jo Victoria Grant, as well as nieces and nephews. In 1941, he joined Garland Lodge #441 where he served as Worshipful Master in 1952 and treasurer for over 20 years in addition to other positions. A Charter Member of Duck Creek Lodge of which he helped organize, he was also a member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies, York Rite Bodies and St. Mark's Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine. For his dedication to Masonic, civic, military and patriotic work, he was elected to receive the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1957 and coroneted 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary in 1965. His civic service included serving on the Garland I.S.D. Board and Local Draft Board. Once dubbed "Mr. Mason", in 1986 he chaired the committee responsible for a 2,000 sq. ft. addition to the Garland Lodge that was, unaware to him, to be named the Joe B. Motley Recreation Center. He began his career in tool manufacturing at Luscombe Aircraft in Garland. He retired from Intercontinental Manufacturing in 1984 having served as safety and personnel director. Combining his love of family and history with a desire to give back to the world more than he took, in 1968 Joe organized several relatives to help restore his family's cemetery located on the campus of Eastfield Community College near the original homeplace of his great-grandfather Zachariah Motley. It was designated a Texas Historical Marker in 1976. Never one to shy away from hard work or a challenge, he approached each task with the same energy and enthusiasm characterized by the diligence required in order to do a job well done. He possessed a natural gift for being able to work and repair almost anything. Additionally, his quiet contemplation and ability to listen and reason made him often the one sought out to advise and counsel family and friends alike. A humble and modest man who never sought attention for himself, he never tired of helping others. A favorite pastime was his timber farm in Winnsboro. He and his brothers built everything from scratch including cabins, barns and shop buildings. He loved his pine trees and worked tirelessly to develop a conservation plan for the land. His funeral service will be held Thursday, May 20th at 1 p.m. in Williams Memorial Chapel with interment following at the Z. Motley Cemetery in Mesquite, TX. The family will receive friends, Wednesday, May 19th at Williams Funeral Directors. Donations may be made to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Carter Blood Care or Z Motley Cemetery.


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