Funeral services for Bob Motley, 87, will be at 2 p.m. today, April 10, 2018, at Trinity Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Terry Tolbert. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery with the assistance of Shane Head, Zachary Motley, Jeff Clark, Billy Wallace, Mike Strawn and Christopher Strawn serving as bearers. Military Honors will be provided by members of the U. S. Army.
Bob was born to the late Noah and Inez Irene Beard Motley, Jan. 19, 1931, at Ardmore. He grew up here and was a graduate of Ardmore High School the class of 1951. At AHS he played football and was known to “play it rough and tough.” Bob died April 4, 2018, at Mercy Hospital of Ardmore.
As a member of Oklahoma’s 45th Division that was activated during the Korean War, Bob served in the 822nd Engineers from 1951 to 1953 and was honorably discharged.
Following his military service, Bob found his life’s work in the oil fields of Oklahoma, usually seven days a week and all holidays. He worked for several drilling companies and found his home with Big Chief Drilling Company, where he became the Rig Superintendent, retiring after 37 years with the company.
Bob and Gloria Jean Wallace were married May 12, 1962, at Lake Murray Chapel; they would have celebrated their 56 wedding anniversary this year.
Formerly members of the First Orthodox Baptist Church, they had returned to Ardmore from Moore, in 2000, and affiliated with the Trinity Baptist Church.
In his leisure time, Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in the yard and family gatherings, especially if BBQ was on the menu. He enjoyed playing Dominoes, Yatzee and sometimes poker; games that he learned from his aunts and uncles.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife Gloria, of the home; his brother Bill Motley; a niece, Karla Kay Shannon and husband Jack; nephews, Bruce Motley, Jeff and Greg Clark, Shane and Jeremy Head; great-nieces, Kimberly and Courtney Clark and Ashley Motley; great-nephew, Zachary Motley as well as many other extended family members.
In addition to his parents, a brother, Wiley Ray Clark preceded him in death.
Service arrangements have been placed in the care of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home; where condolences may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.