Alberta (Howard) Motley

Born: Mon., Aug. 20, 1923
Died: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

Interment following funeral service


11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 02, 2018
Location: Davis Funeral Home Reposing Room 1

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 03, 2018
Location: Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Mar. 03, 2018
Location: Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church

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Mrs. Alberta Howard Motley, age 94, a resident of Prattville, Alabama passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12pm from Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, 764 County Road 33 Prattville, Alabama with Rev. Anton Trimble, Pastor officiating.  Burial to follow at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.



Alberta Howard Motley was born August 20, 1923 to the late Hannah Golson and the late Belong Howard. She was married to the late Bozie Motley, Jr. where 11 children were born. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities. She remained faithful until she had to move with her daughter due to illness. Mrs. Motley was a hardworking, loving, and thoughtful person who would help you in any way she could. She is preceded in death by two children, Jessie L. Motley and Marjorie N. Gross, three grandchildren, five brothers, three sisters, and three sons-in-law.

Alberta was a woman of many talents. A strong woman of faith; a prayer warrior, loving wife and mother, she was also creative and crafty. Many in the Autauga County area sought her out for her skills as a great seam stress - sewing dresses, making alterations, making homemade quilts and hats, just to name a few. She loved her home, which she affectionately called her "mension." She was a great cook, especially known for her “camp stew," and her tea cakes were simply delicious. Alberta loved her children and was their strongest advocate and protector. She would prepare for the winter months by canning hundreds of jars of food and by freezing many fruits and vegetables each year from the family garden to care for her family.

Alberta loved the Lord. She enjoyed delivering wise sayings and poems at the church, many were written by her. She also sang in the choir. She was the oldest member of the church. Pastor Trimble named her the "Mother of the Church." She also served many years as the secretary of the Society at Shiloh Baptist Church.

One of her greatest accomplishments was being trained as a midwife in Tuskegee, AL. She became a midwife in the early 1960's delivering her first child, her niece Wilma Jean in 1963. Alberta delivered over 70 babies or more and continued in this field until the Autauga County Health Department discontinued midwifery.


She leaves to cherish her memories nine children: Deacon Ola Taylor, Port St. John, FL; Herbert (Ellen) Motley, Arcadia, FL; Charlie (Annette) Motley, Lansing, MI; Juanita Steele, Prattville, AL; Sylvetta Johnson, Detroit, MI; Mattie Golson, Prattville, AL; Jerri (Kenneth) Wilson, Pensacola, FL; Beloyd Motley and Jeffrey Motley, Autaugaville, AL; A special sister whom she helped raise, Emma Jewel Debardelaben, Autaugaville, AL; six sisters: Kathy Howard, Prattville, AL; Carrie Howard, Mary Howard, Edith Davis, DeQuinda Howard, Lula Mae Howard, Birmingham, AL, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and devoted friends.

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   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
My deepest sympathies for the loss of your dear loved one. Please find comfort from the words found in the bible at John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15.

Beverly (Greene) & Larry McBride
   Posted Fri March 02, 2018
Sorry for your loss with sympathy and prayers.

Cookie Pickett-Bordeaux
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
Deepest condolences from the Pickett family, Cleveland, Ohio. I will miss my long conversations with Alberta. She was blessed and with everyone that went before her including my grandmother, Rosa Mae Durden; my mother and father, Albert & Nettie Pickett. Sincerely, Cookie Pickett-Bordeaux.

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