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Thomas Richard Motley

October 17, 1944 ~ October 30, 2017 (age 73)
The Honorable Thomas Richard Motley, Jr., 73, of Hannibal, MO passed away at 2:14 p.m. Monday, October 30, 2017, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 12 o'clock noon Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Pastor Tom Lemons will officiate. Full military honors provided by the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post 55 will be held at the funeral home following the service. Burial will be in the Smith Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in rural Marshall, MO Thursday afternoon.

Visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Thomas was born on October 17, 1944, in Birmingham, AL the son of Thomas Richard and Katherine Maude (Stouffer) Motley, Sr.

He was previously married to Kathy BoGannon, she survives him.

Other survivors include one stepson, Roy Thomas Myers, IV of Columbia, MO; one step daughter-in-law, Christina Howard and husband Dustin of Kirksville, MO; and four grandchildren, Lexie Myers, Griffen Myers, Brielle Howard, and Kade Myers.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Motley was preceded in death by one stepson, Eric Andrew Myers.

Thomas attended college at Northeast Missouri Teachers College in Kirksville, where he earned his teaching degree in history. Shortly upon graduation, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy during Vietnam. Upon his Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Tom went on to further his education at the University of Missouri Law School, where he graduated with a Law Degree.

Mr. Motley worked in the juvenile division in St. Louis for several years before making his home in Hannibal. Thomas worked for many years as the Public Defender in Marion County and later as the Hannibal City Judge. Upon serving as the Hannibal City Judge, Mr. Motley started his own private practice that specialized in family, traffic, and criminal law.

Mr. Motley as an avid Mizzou fan, whether they were winning or losing he stayed a strong supporter. Along with Mizzou sports Mr. Motley enjoyed reading, playing board games or a simple round of trivia. Tom would give anything a try, from musical instruments to playing sports, he tried his hardest to be the best he could be at them.

Mr. Motley's biggest love was his family, he enjoyed visiting with them, going on trips and attending Mizzou Football games together. His family knew him as to having a warm welcoming heart and always there to help when needed.

Mr. Motley was a member of the Hannibal Evening Kiwanis, Hannibal Arts Council and was a Methodist by faith.

Pallbearers will be Griffen Myers, Roy Thomas Myers, IV, Dustin Howard, Harold White, and Richard Weiner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to family on Mr. Motley's memorial page at

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