Preston Tyrone Mottley (T-Bone) was born to Mary Jane Booker and Preston Mottley on October 21, 1977. He came into the world with yellow jaundice. The doctors thought he was not going to make it but God's grace and mercy stirred Tyrone to victory. T-Bone joined Gravel Hill Baptist Church at a young age. He loved his church family and his church family loved him back. He enjoyed going to school and learning, but because Tyrone was a little different than everyone else, bullies tried to pick on him. See, what made Tyrone different was he was born without the ability to hate. Some of the people in high school thought that made him weak, but honestly, that was his greatest power. When his brother, Carl joined him in high school, he knew he had a special protector that would go war over him. He graduated from Amelia County High School in 1997. Throughout his life, he was very athletic; exercise was part of his daily routine. Whether it be shooting ball riding bikes, jogging, lifting weights, throwing football, or going to get the mail for everyone on the block, Tyrone was always doing something. Later on Tyrone went to school at the Starke Behavioral Center. He loved it there and enjoyed all there was to offer. He forged meaningful, long lasting relationships there through working hard and participating in the Special Olympics. During his time participating in weight lifting and 3" on 3" basketball. T-bone loved the thrill of competition.
Tyrone enjoyed spending time with his mother, brother, sister, sister-in-law, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, pets and everyone he considered a friend. He had a large network of people that he could connect with consistently. T-bone was considered to be everyone's right hand man. He was so selfless, to the point that he would give all of his attention to whoever he was being a friend to at the moment. T-bone really enjoyed going places, especially sporting events. He found himself at many Nottoway County Football games thanks to the Edith Craft and family. His aunts took him to Fedex Field to see the Washington Football Team play. He enjoyed going to the race track with his brother.
Tyrone is survived by; his mother, Mary; sister, Marya; brother, Carl (Nakishia); grandmother, Bernice; aunts, Gloria, Glenda, Georgia (Kenny Sr.), Mattie, and Sharon; uncles, Al Jr. and John; nephew, Kris (Carl and Nakishia); and a host of cousins, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Al S. Booker Sr. Tyrone made friends everywhere he went. Among these friends were Keyonna (Loved One), Roman (loved One) and Tiffani (Loved One).
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