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A born again Christian, Royce Lamar Motley, Jr. was born in Plainfield, New Jersey on August 19th, 1948 to the late Royce Motley, Sr. and Ruth Washington Motley. He was the oldest of 6 children. He departed this life on July 23, 2017. Royce was raised in Plainfield, New Jersey. He was known to his friends and relatives as Buck.

Royce attended the public schools in Plainfield, New Jersey from 1954 to 1967. During his youth, he was a Star Little League baseball player, Junior High School and Senior High School baseball player, track star and basketball player. He also played trombone in the Washington Elementary School band and sang in the Chorus, once making the All City Band and Chorus Concert in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1959.

Royce went on to graduate from Plainfield High School in 1967. From there he went on to Barber Scotia College and Seminary. He transferred to Rutgers University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration, City/Regional Planning and History in 1973. He later graduated from California State University with a Master of Arts Degree in Nonprofit Organizations and Humanities in 1993, from their accredited Home Study Masters Degree Program.

Royce served as an Assistant Professor of Human and Public Administration at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, N.J. In addition, he taught and designed certificate courses in Nonprofit Management, Grant Proposal Writing, Grant Research, and Fundraising, at a number of New Jersey colleges and schools. Royce had a number of years of experience in nonprofit organizations and government. He also wrote and won grants for millions of dollars of grant money.

Royce married Diana Mae Daniel on July 27, 1985. Diana and Royce had one son, Royce Lamar Motley III.

Royce authored the books Essentials of Nonprofit Management, Essentials of Nonprofit Fund and Grant Management, Why Do People Jive Each Other?, and Uncle Buck’s Sweet Potato Pie. He became an expert in grant proposal writing and grant research, and computer desktop publishing. During his later years, Royce spent his leisure time videotaping, video editing, and desktop publishing. He accumulated a movie library of over 300 DVD movies, many of them classic movies. Although he suffered a stroke in 1993, Royce continued to work in computer desktop publishing, grant proposal writing, videotaping, and video editing.

Royce has attended several Baptist churches and throughout his life he has led a Christian life. His favorite book of the Bible was the Book of Romans, because he felt that the book of Romans offered some of the liveliest teachings of faith and life. He appreciated how Paul told of God’s wonderful plan for redeeming his people and setting them free for service through the power of the Holy Spirit. The other book of the Bible, that Royce appreciated, was the Book of Proverbs, where wisdom is written about and explained.

Royce often stated: “I’ve learned a lot in my many years of life, and I know if a person doesn’t include you in their heart, this almost always determines how a person will treat or deal with you. It costs nothing to reach out. “

A generous person, Royce often gave money, resources, and his time to God, church, and people. During his young years he formed a Christian baseball league for boys and girls in his neighborhood. Royce was a very modest person who sought nothing in return. This was his way of loving, serving and witnessing to others for the Lord.

Royce is predeceased by his brothers Reginald Motley (2014) and Marion Motley (2001). He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Diana and son Royce III of Piscataway, NJ, his sisters April Howell of Virginia Beach, VA, and Paris Black of Lithonia, GA, his brother Darren Motley (Amy) of Lumberton, NJ, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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