John W. Montgomery

June 19, 2016

Funeral for John W. Montgomery, 88, of Hartselle was Wed., June 22, at 10 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Shaddix officiating.

Burial was in Hartselle Memory Gardens.

Mr. Montgomery died June 19, 2016. He was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Morgan County to the late J W. Montgomery and Zula Thompson Montgomery. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church Hartselle where he served as a deacon and usher. He began his career at Ingles Ship Yard, leaving to attend Auburn University where he studied architecture and earned a position on the football team. His time at Auburn was interrupted by the US Navy and World War II. His naval service began aboard the USS Rochester ending in various naval Hospitals as an aide. Following discharge he attended Gadsden State Technical School obtaining an associate’s degree in drafting. He then started a long career in the design of penal systems locking mechanisms. First working at Decatur Iron and Steel and then moved over to Willo Products, both of Decatur. He obtained the title of vice president at Willo before moving on to chief of field inspection at Southern Steel of San Antonio, Texas. He is credited with seven patents for locking devices. He left security system design and returned home to Hartselle and Sonoco designing and building platform scales. He retired from Sonoco but did not stay retired long as Slate Security of Hartselle and Folger-Adam of Chicago enticed him to come out of retirement and design locking devices for them. He retired for good and took up a new profession of spoiling his great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Gloria Clemons Montgomery; and y his parents.

He is survived by his son, David Montgomery (Linda); his daughter, Jean Montgomery Rausch (Dave) all of Hartselle; a sister, Margaret Bondurant of Fayetteville, Ark; four grandchildren, Chris Montgomery, Jennifer Blankenship (Joe) Mike McKelvey (Callie) all of Hartselle, and Matt Montgomery (Melisa) of Auburn; 10great-grandchildren, Christin and Sean Montgomery, Ava and Addison Montgomery, Lauren, Daniel and Kevin Blankenship. Camryn, Colton and Reed McKelvey.

Pallbearers were Chris Montgomery, Matt Montgomery, Mike McKelvey, Joe Blankenship, Daniel Blankenship and Kevin Blankenship.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of First Baptist Church Hartselle.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the library of First Baptist Church Hartselle or your local Hospice organization.

 

 

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