J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home

811 Finley Dr, Albion, MI


Melvin Curtis Motley

September 20, 1963June 27, 2020

Melvin Curtis Motley “Jody” “Saj” age 56 of Duluth, Georgia, formerly Albion passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Lawrenceville, GA. Jody was born September 20, 1963 in Logan, West Virginia the son of Phyllis Motley and the late Melvin Martin. Jody attended Albion Senior High, graduating class of 1981. He then moved out to Los Angeles, CA where he lived for 25 years, eventually making it back home to Albion for some time and living several other places before finally settling in the Atlanta, GA area for the last 7 years. Jody loved music and was a talented Bass Guitarist, playing at many venues in his life including appearing on Soul Train in 1992. As a Kindergartener, Jody was featured on the News with Walter Cronkite for Albion’s first Earth Day Celebration. He was an awesome communicator, loved to socialize and talk on the phone. He was known as the “Superstar” of his family and everybody looked up to him. Jody also loved to cook and loved to eat home-cooked meals, especially spaghetti, tacos and pizza.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Phyllis Motley of Albion, his children: Jamari (Rosita) Hill, Jovan Motley, Saj Motley, step-son: Roy Wolfe III, 5 grandchildren: Kaylee, Khalen, Ky’Mani, Autumn, Jovan Jr., 1 great-grandson: Dionte, siblings: Ora Sims, Djuana Motley-Dismuke, Sherika Motley and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and countless friends.

Services for Jody will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 beginning with family hour at 11AM until the time of his Homegoing Celebration at 1PM at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Dr., Albion with Apostle Timothy Kurtz officiating. He will be laid to rest in Albion Memory Gardens.

Due to the current restrictions with COVID-19, the service will be private and please be prepared to practice social distancing and adhere to the current guidelines during the family hour.

To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com


11 July

Family Hour

11:00 am - 1:00 pm


11 July

Funeral Service

1:00 pm



Melvin Curtis Motley

have a memory or condolence to add?

Danny Moss

July 8, 2020

Me and jody sage motley recorded songs in la he told me man you going be a star one day but now he revive the star and I no one day we will be eating colup greens and cornbread again in the stars love your little brother sheetman

Britney Williams

July 4, 2020

My sincere condolences to Phyllis , Jamari and the Motley family. I knew Jody from our Childhood village of Carson, Hartwell, Arthur, Second and Wild Street. It was a lot of us. Jody was always so calm and composed, but would have that warm lovely smile to greet you, making you feel calm and at ease in return. He was a sweetheart. Rest In Peace.

Dawn Morgan (Eckmyre)

July 4, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Jody. I went to school with him and he was always so nice and caring. I remember his huge afro and how he was always making sure it was perfect. I'll miss his huge smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May your loving memories of Jody help you through the hard days ahead. Rest softly in heaven.

V Davis

July 3, 2020

RIP Jody, V.Davis

Karen Jordan

July 3, 2020

Jody me and others spent countless times up in Lincolnshire when he was injured playing football those were the good old days you will be missed my friend. My prayers go out to the family fly high until we meet again RIH

James Carloss

July 2, 2020

I remember meeting you at the food truck that would park across the street from Transamerica in downtown Los Angeles in the morning. That was around 38 years ago. The company had 5,000 employees and we didn't even work in the same building. If it hadn't been for that food truck, we may never have met. We had both stepped away from our desks to grab a breakfast sandwich and while waiting to be served, we struck up a conversation. Turns out that we were two musicians who were working to make a living but dreaming of getting that one big break in the industry. We became friends immediately. Your passion for music and life were one in the same. I will always treasure our talks about music, family, life, and God. I can't believe that you're gone. The world is a different place now. Rest well, my friend. Your big brother, James (Jamo - Jody's nickname for me) Carloss

Michael Hill

July 2, 2020

I remember when Jody joined our band, Steppen Stonz 35 years ago. We remained friends and brothers the entire time. We lost contact over the years but was
able to reconnected a couple of years ago. We talked almost everyday and soon his son Jovan was introduced to us. He called me on the 27th but I missed his call. I miss him so much and love him so much and I'm blessed he was a part of my life. He will always be here with me in my heart. We're brothers forever. RIP in Heaven. I love you!

Pamela Davis

July 1, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Motley family. Classmates since our elementary days. Jody, you will be sadly missed. Rest my dear friend. God bless you all.

Mary Myers

July 1, 2020

My condolences to Auny Phyl, Lisa (My BFF) and the whole Motley family. I remember Lisa and I visited Nashville TN at a Convention and Lo and behold Jody shows up to see Lisa his cousin, to me that was a sign of true family love. Prayers for comfort to Jody's family. Rest in Heaven Jody.

Kathryn DeAngelo

July 1, 2020

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Phyllis Motley and her family. Melvin (Saj)'s mother, Phyllis, was a dear friend during our school years in WV and has remained a dear friend to this day. The first time I saw Saj was 56 years ago at the hospital in Logan, WV, after Phyllis gave birth to her first child, her "baby boy."

A couple of years ago, Phyllis came to visit me in Myrtle Beach, and she made sure to gather Saj and his sisters on the phone to face time with us, so I could" meet" and chat with them. We shared good memories. Phyllis beams with endless love and pride when she speaks about Saj, her other children, and family. The Lord has His loving angel with Him. Rest in peace, sweet Saj. Your spirit will live on through the love and memories you left in the hearts of your mother, family, and friends.