David Daniel Motley

Published 12:41 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2018

David Daniel Motley, 59, of Mocksville, died on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

He was born in Winston Salem on Aug. 5, 1958, the son of Daniel L. Motley Jr. and the late Dorothy B. Motley.  He and his wife, Lisa B. Motley, shared 25 years together.

Survivors: his father, wife, and 3 children, Danielle, Samuel, and John Motley; friends, Cynthia and Haywood Frasier and family, Diane Foltz, Bill Lancaster, Murielene Davis, Kathy Chaffin, his Parkland High School classmates, Chris Cheatham-Chandler, Stacy Ramirez.   

He had a deep passion for ornamental horticulture, which he studied and received his degree in from Forsyth Tech Community College. He also attended NC State and Winston Salem State universities. Over the past 20 years, he worked at Winston-Salem State University, where he began his career there as the grounds supervisor. He helped create a master plan for the grounds as the university began its period of growth and building. He was proud to have established the university’s recycling program and most recently was responsible for Bowman Gray, ensuring that the stadium was ready for racing each week during the summer. The races were something special that he and his son John were able to attend each week. He had an interest in real estate and became a licensed agent. Over the years,  he worked full and part time around the Winston-Salem and Mocksville area flipping and selling homes. One of his passions included bowling; he spent a significant part of the 80s and 90s competing in tournaments in Florida and bowling on weekly leagues in Winston-Salem. These included leagues in which Danielle as well as Sam joined him. His passion for bowling was shared with his children.  He never turned down a chance to go bowl with any of his kids. He adored the Davie County farm his father acquired in his youth. He spent most weekends there, tending to the fields and sharing it with his children, especially his sons.  He also enjoyed it when his son’s Boy Scout troop came and camped there. As an animal lover, he had a menagerie of pets including his loving and loyal dog, Spot, who rode with him everywhere. He spent his spare time visiting his father, tending to his pets, taking care of the farm, and spending time with his children and wife. He was a man who adored his family, but his community. He was proud of Sunnyside, the neighborhood which he grew up in, now in a historic district of Winston Salem. He was friend to all, willing to help someone in need.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, and sister, Debra Motley.

Plans for the service are not final, but are expected to take place in early March.

Condolences: www.daviefuneralservice.com.