The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) mourns the death of its longtime former Executive Director, Don B. Motley. Motley, a founding member of the NLBM, began his association with the organization as a volunteer in 1990 and became Executive Director in 1991. He served in that role until his retirement in 2008.
Coach Motley, as he was affectionately known, gave nearly two decades of his illustrious life to help build the NLBM and guided it to unprecedented fiscal heights. His impact on the organization will be felt for generations to come. He will be missed by his museum family, the Kansas City community and a legion of men he coached, mentored and provided opportunities to “play ball.”
Bob Kendrick, President
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Services for Don Motley will be held on Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in Kansas City.
On Monday, Motley will “lay in repose” for public visitation at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Field of Legends exhibition area, from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.
On Tuesday, funeral services will be held at St. Stephens Baptist Church, 1414 East Truman Road, Kansas City, MO. Visitation from 10:00 am-11:00 am, memorial services start at 11:00 am.
The NLBM office and gallery will be closed on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in memory of Mr. Motley.
Watkins Heritage Chapel officiating