Mr. James Motley

Mr. James Motley Obituary

James Elbert Motley, Jr., affectionately known at “Jimmie” was born May 5, 1947, in Kansas City, Missouri to the union of James E. Motley, St., and Elgentine Davis.

James accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age of 10 years old at Park Avenue Baptist Church. He was active teaching Sunday School classes and singing in the choir.

His parents and brothers James Fisher and Derrick Fisher have preceded him in death.

James graduated with the class of 1965 from Lincoln High School, where he excelled in playing basketball, football and track, his goal was to be a professional ball player.

In August 1966 he was drafted into the United States Army, while serving he played semiprofessional football and basketball for the Army and was the star player in many games.

On November 30, 1968, he returned home and married his high school sweetheart Demetrice Earlene McGee, she preceded him in death. He later married Margaret S. Johnson in 1992 who also has preceded him in death.

James retired after 30 years of faithful service with General Motors Corp.

James enjoyed fishing, Hunting, biking and riding his Honda gold wing motorcycle. He enjoyed his fast cars and showing off his red Corvette.

James played basketball on several Kansas City Leagues and was a force to be dealt with, earning the nickname “Jumping Jack” over 20 years.

James took pride in his well-kept yard and if you needed any kind of tools, he had it.

James would tell you the truth whether you wanted to hear it or not, and he didn’t use many words, he was soft spoken, kind and giving. He enjoyed talking and joking with his many nieces and nephews.

After retiring from General Motors James could be found sitting in his garage entertaining his GM and neighborhood buddies. James had a heart of gold always willing to help and give to others. He was caregiver to his two favorite aunt Gerry and cousin Clyde until their passing.

James departed this earthly life on January 7, 2024, to begin his heavenly life.

He leaves to honor his memories brothers Lee (Lynette) Motley of Bonner Spring, Ks., Vincent Motley of Lee Summit, Mo., Curtis (Donna) Fisher of Kansas City, Mo., Sisters Cheryl Douglas of Raytown, Mo., Teresa (Gregg) Gohlston of Kansas City, Mo., Allene Fisher of Seattle, WA., stepson Kelly Johnson of Houston, Tx., and grandchildren a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and other relatives and many friends.


Funeral Services will be held Tuesday January 16,2024, 1pm at Watkins Heritage Chapel.  Visitation will be from 12noon - 1pm at the chapel. Services conducted by Watkins Heritage chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.

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