Nelson Ferguson Motley Sr., 93, of Virgilina passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Sentara Regional Hospital. He was born in Danville on May 13, 1926 to Adrian Jackson Motley Sr. and Jessie Ferguson Motley.

Nelson moved to Halifax County to work for Westinghouse in 1969 and build his bachelor pad/hunting and fishing spot on the Hyco River. Little did he know that his would soon become home to a family of four. He was married to Elaine Hupp in 1971 and welcomed two children into this home, Allyn Beth and Nelson Jr. He was a wonderful and loving husband and father and an excellent example to his family and others of how to live one’s life. He was a volunteer fireman with Midway Volunteer Fire Department, where he also served as treasurer for 22 years. He was a member of the Aaron’s Creek Ruritan Club and was honored with the Tom Downing Award. In addition to community service, he was a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church of South Boston. He was the resident chef for the many years of the Wednesday night fellowship meals, choir member and a deacon. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and community.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his three siblings, sisters Ruth Elizabeth Motley, Nancy Motley Terry and her husband Wesley, and his brother, A. J. Motley and his wife, Josephine. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews; and in addition two grand nieces and one grand nephew whom he loved as grandchildren.

Services for Nelson will be Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Main St., South Boston with Garrett Bowman and Susan Davis officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family will receive friends at other times at 1010 Third St., South Boston.

For memorials, consider Midway Volunteer Fire Department, 11009 Bill Tuck Highway, Virgilina, VA 24598, or First Baptist Church, North Main Street of South Boston, VA 24592.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, South Boston.