Funeral for Fred Wesley Motes Sr., 84, of Hartselle was Sun., March 19, at 2 p.m. at New Center Baptist Church with Bro. Ben Bates and Bro. Jason Bomar officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Burial was in New Center Cemetery.
Mr. Motes died Fri., March 17, 2017, at his daughter’s residence. He was born Nov. 13, 1932, in Madison County to Andrew Jackson Motes and uth Irene Armstrong Motes. He was the head chef for Monsanto prior to his retirement. He was a Corporal with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He raised vegetables for the Hartselle Farmer’s Market and was known as the “Tomato Man”. For several years he traveled and sang gospel music with his family as the Motes Family Singers. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, A.J. Motes Jr., Lewis Calvin Motes and A.D.
Motes; and two sisters, Rose Emma Motes and Lois Hill.
The family would like to say “Thank You” to Lisa, Crystal, Jacob and Jeremy with Kindred Hospice and the Nurses at Summerford Rehab for their loving care.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Maples Motes; two sons, Fred W. Motes Jr. (Rhonda) and Michael W. Motes (Kathy); three daughters, Javon Alldredge (Nathan), Kaye Widener (Bo) and Roxanne Tucker (Darren); a brother, John Motes (Mildred); three Sisters, Faye Johnson, Betty Ann Little and Linda Stewart; 10 grandchildren, Jarrod Alldredge (Whitney), Tressie Mullins (Eric), Meagan Hargrove (Darren), Kayla Kretzer (Ryan), Kindred Motes, Johndale Motes, Brandon Motes (Amanda), Brooke Slaughter (Tyler), Darian Tucker and Rachel Tucker; six great grandchildren,
Abby Mullins, Andrew Mullins, Sutton Slaughter, Ellie Slaughter, Hayden Motes and
Pallbearers were Jarrod Alldredge, Kindred Motes, Johndale Motes, Brandon Motes, Ryan Kretzer, and Darren Hargrove.
Honorary pallbearers were Bo Widener, Nathan Alldredge, Darren Tucker, Cecil Bomar, Billy Don Maples, Buddy Posey, Fred W. Motes Jr., Michael W. Motes, Keith Livingston and Marvin Nuby Jr.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St.
Jude’s Hospital in Tennessee.