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Mr. Ronald Lee Motley
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  • Mark Elliott Motley Foundation
    P.O. Box 1014
    Charleston, SC 29402

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“A gentle giant with a beautiful heart. I miss him. ”
1 of 46 | Posted by: Joan Molinaro

“Thank you for your caring, giving ways. You are missed. I will forever be grateful for all your hard work and to the 9/11 Families, and for giving me...Read More »
2 of 46 | Posted by: Joan Molinaro - Hawley, PA

“It's been a year and still the thoughts, rememberanceses are ongoing. Many people remember your skills, ethics and basic down home attitude. I miss...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: michaelbmcnulty - long beach, CA

“Dear Steph- My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you during this terible time. I hope you will remember that I still care for you, as I cared for...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Barbara Allen - Ladson, SC

“So sorry for your loss. May he be at peace with his son. Brenda and Russ Adams ”
5 of 46 | Posted by: A friend

“What a privilege it was to have worked for such a man. Ron made work exciting! The only thing that impressed me more than his zest for life was his...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: Anastacia Shimek - New Orleans, LA

“Ron was the kind of friend that, regardless of the time that passed, you would always start off as if no time had passed. ”
7 of 46 | Posted by: A friend

“Condolences from Stan Smith and all of us at Smith Economics Group Ltd., Chicago ”
8 of 46 | Posted by: Stan V. Smith, Ph.D. - Chicago, IL

“I will miss you so my friend of 49 years God bless you for all you have done for so many my father died age 59 of 2 packs of cigaretes a day . with...Read More »
9 of 46 | Posted by: Fred Bolchoz - Charleston, SC

“Ronald was always known to me as Ronny. I have many fond memories of him. Some of my earliest memories of Ronny are when he would come to eat...Read More »
10 of 46 | Posted by: Carol Byars Brumfield - Cypress, TX

“Stephanie, We are so sorry for your loss. Think about the good times and the laughs that you shared together. We love you very much. ”
11 of 46 | Posted by: Jeannette Huber, Sarah Huber and Jerry Angelo - SC

“We are truly sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 46 | Posted by: Jerry and Jeannette - Florence, SC

“Ron made many friends. His friends in Vermont extend their heartfelt condolences to Ron's family. Stephen Soule ”
13 of 46 | Posted by: Stephen Soule - Burlington, VT

“My deepest condolences to Ron's family and all my friends and colleagues at Motley Rice. Ron had no equal in the legal profession. ”
14 of 46 | Posted by: Anthony Sellitto - NJ

“Stephanie, We are so sorry for your loss. Lots of Love Karen and...Read More »
15 of 46 | Posted by: KAREN AND LARRY PORTER - SC

“To Jiffy and Sandra, I just wanted the both of you to know that you are in my prayers. After losing my Dad in April and my Grandmother in July, my...Read More »
16 of 46 | Posted by: Trina Lowery-Greenwood - SC

“STEPHANIE, SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, THINKING OF YOU! WE LOVE YOU THE PORTER GANG ”
17 of 46 | Posted by: ETHAN, CAMDEN, HANNAH AND NATALIE PORTER - SC

“Stephanie, Keep looking up , God is with you . Only he can help you get through your sorrows .I`m here for you, just a phone call away. I wish I...Read More »
18 of 46 | Posted by: THELMA FLOYD - LAKE CITY, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Motley's family. Mr. Motley was a remarkable and respectful person. ”
19 of 46 | Posted by: Lucille Jordan - James Island, SC

“Please extend my heartfelt condolences to Mr. Motley's family and friends. He was a truly remarkable man who contributed much to the betterment of...Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: Paul B Pritchard, III - SC

“Stephanie, I'm so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers are with you!! Love you bunches!! ”
21 of 46 | Posted by: Mindy Porter - Lake City, SC

“My condolences to Jiffy and all of Ron's family. He was a good friend to me, and when I first started working at Ness Motley, I realized why the firm...Read More »
22 of 46 | Posted by: Kim Camarda - Summerville, SC

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Motley Rice Families for your loss of Ron at such a young age. I never got to meet Ron Motley but had heard of...Read More »
23 of 46 | Posted by: Christy Flowers - Goose Creek, SC

“Ron, I want to thank you for giving me the chance to fight the terrorists that killed my son on 9/11. I thank you for caring about this mother. You...Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Joan Molinaro - Hawley, PA

“I have very fond memories of Ronny, especially when I was a little girl. He would come to my parent's house to visit while he was in college and law...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: Alisa Byars Monsees - Brewster, NY

“Ron & Family~ It will be a long long time until the world is graced with a man of Ron's compassion, intelligence and will to do what is right when...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Michael McNulty - Long Beach, CA

“Stephanie im sorry for your loss. I'm thinking of you. Love Ethan porter ”
27 of 46 | Posted by: Ethan porter - lake city, SC

“God Bless You Ron, I know he did all of us with you. ”
28 of 46 | Posted by: M. Thomas Martin - Washington, DC

“For all those who loved and cared for Ron, before you shed your first tear, picture the embrace of Ron & Mark as they met in heaven, and this should...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Oscar & Stacy Douglas - SC

“Stephanie, Jennifer & FamilyI am so sorry for your loss. I experienced his kindness and generosity, while working at Motley Rice. I pray that you...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: Tina Browder-Johnston - SC

“Stephanie, you continue to be in our prayer. you have our deepest condolences in your loss. Ron loved to be a blessing to the Children of Lord of...Read More »
31 of 46 | Posted by: Steven Williams - N. Charleston, SC

“As a paralegal in Charleston, WV, I had the opportunity to work with Ron and to get to know him personally. His dedication to the cause coupled with...Read More »
32 of 46 | Posted by: Donna Mazzella - Charleston, WV

“Thoughts and prayers with Motley family. Ron was truly a good man and an inspiration to many. His memory will live on through all of his great...Read More »
33 of 46 | Posted by: Joann Moore - Charleston, SC

“Ron was a wonderful friend to my brother, Mark Commander. I know the tow of them are having a blast in heaven. Melissa ”
34 of 46 | Posted by: Melissa Zanni - FL

“Stephanie,I am sorry for your loss.I am praying for you.Remember their is one that can help you get through your sorrows.I'm here for you if you need...Read More »
35 of 46 | Posted by: Thelma Floyd - Lake City, SC

“My condolences to his family and fellow legal colleagues. I did not know him personally, but, was aware of the challenging cases he tackled and...Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Denny Ciganovic - Mount Pleasant, SC

“To my dear friend who I began working for in 1991 for the next ten years of my life. Ron was truly a man of courage, strenght and compassion. Ron ...Read More »
37 of 46 | Posted by: Mrs. Lynn Williams - Statesboro, GA

“A prince of a co-counsel, and incredible gladiator for his clients. A courageous force for good. God be with you Ron. Mary Ellen Keegan, Esq. ”
38 of 46 | Posted by: A friend

“Ron Will be missed by Melton. Virginia,and Peter. Avery special person. ”
39 of 46 | Posted by: A friend

“Ronnie, Words cannot express the feelings of love and admiration that I feel for you. Love is truly too small of a word. You helped raise me and...Read More »
40 of 46 | Posted by: J.C. McKnight - Washington, DC

“Stephanie,we are so sorry for your loss,we know how much you love him and we know you will miss him .Love you, The Porter Family ”
41 of 46 | Posted by: Karen Porter - Lake City, SC

“THE "MAGNIFICENT SEVEN" IS NOW ONLY FIVEWE ALL WILL BE THERE ON TUESDAYDON ”
42 of 46 | Posted by: DON SANDERS - BLYTHEWOOD, SC

“Sympathy to all. ”
43 of 46 | Posted by: Rev. Nathan and Dorothy Huff - TN

“My heartfelt condolences to Mr. Motley's family and friends. He was a phenomenal man. ”
44 of 46 | Posted by: Paul Pritchard - Mount Pleasant, SC

“The world will never know how much Motley Rice has changed the world for the betterment of mankind. Words can not express the influence and...Read More »
45 of 46 | Posted by: Jim Irvin, Jr - Myrtle Beach, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron's family and friends during this difficult time. We are deeply sorry for your loss. ”
46 of 46 | Posted by: Jennifer and Michael Alphonse - SC


Ronald Lee Motley, 68, of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, August 22, 2013. He will forever be remembered as a stellar trial lawyer, leader, innovator, loving father, grandfather and friend. Ron is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Motley Lee and son-in-law, Carter Lee, of West Chester, PA; grandchildren, Hutch, Eliza and Wilson; sister, Susan Motley of Goose Creek, SC; wife, Stephanie Poston Motley of Charleston, and numerous cherished cousins and friends.

Ron was the son of Woodrow Wilson Motley and Carrie Griffin Motley and is predeceased by his son, Mark Elliott Motley. He created the Mark Elliott Motley Foundation in loving memory of his son to help meet the health, education and welfare needs of children and young adults in the Charleston, SC community and beyond.

Ron was born October 21, 1944 in Charleston, SC. He graduated from Chicora High School and earned a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He was a founding member of Motley Rice LLC and took great pride in being a trial lawyer.

Ron was also an avid reader, loved all animals, was a huge New York Yankees fan and was fiercely patriotic. He taught school, was a basketball coach and served in the United States Air Force. His generosity is legendary and he inspired deep loyalty from those who knew him best. A true champion of the underdog, he was a proud member of the American Association for Justice, a former president of the South Carolina Association for Justice, member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the International Association of Trial Lawyers, and was very involved locally in YesCarolina. Though Ron was best known for his legal successes, his greatest pride was in his daughter, her family and his late son, Mark.

Ron was many things - first and foremost he was kind and generous. He was brilliant, tenacious and a fighter for many causes. He was human yet bigger than life. His love of the law was driven by his compassion for the people he represented. He will be deeply missed by all who loved and admired him.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11 a.m., in the St. Andrews Church Ministry Center, 440 Whilden Street, Mount Pleasant, SC with a burial service immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, August 26, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the law office of Motley Rice LLC, 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

Memorials can be made to the Mark Elliott Motley Foundation, P.O. Box 1014, Charleston, SC 29402.

Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.