NORTHPORT | Homer M. "Pug" Montgomery, Jr., age 84, went to his heavenly home on August 7, 2015. His devotion to his family, church and his firm belief in God strengthened him and ultimately gave him healing and peace.
Pug was born to the late Homer and Rossie Malone Montgomery in Northport, Ala., on January 5, 1931. He married Marie Spencer and they raised three daughters, also known as "Pug's Girls", with patience, discipline and unconditional love. For almost twenty years during the sixties and seventies, Pug and Marie operated Hilltop Station on Highway 171, also known as a local gathering place for family, friends and neighbors. A veteran of the Korean War, Pug was a devoted father, grandfather and friend to many. He retired from the Tuscaloosa County Road and Bridge Department. He enjoyed farming and shared the bounty of his crops with friends and family for many years.
Pug was a jokester, known for his sense of humor and loved playing dominoes with his friends. Anyone who entered his life was a recipient of his wit and practical jokes. He loved reading his Bible and began each day with grace and humility which was reflected in the way he treated everyone he met. His motto was do not worry, evidenced by his constant smile. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his Creator.
Pug is survived by his daughters, Brenda Goodloe McAteer (Doug), Connie Goodloe Mazone (Bobby) and Sheila M. Christian (Dale); his grandchildren Chad Skelton (April), Cary Skelton (Carla), Spencer Mazone (Kathy) and Jessica Christian; his great grandchildren, Katie, Ally Marie, Carson and Carly Grace; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his siblings, Ruth, James, Claude, Calera "TB", and John.
Visitation will be Monday, August 10, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Tabernacle Freewill Baptist Church, with viewing one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Memory Hill Gardens with Willie T. Lewis and Magnolia Chapel North directing. Reverend Jerry Smith will officiate with music directed and performed by Carolyn Wylie and Hoyt Johnson.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Chad and Cary Skelton; nephews, Ronald and Donald Montgomery; and cousins, Reggie, Stuart and Fletch Malone.
Honorary pallbearers are Highway 171 friends and neighbors, Tabernacle church family, special caregivers, Gail Duncan and Freddie Coleman, Hospice of West Alabama staff, nurses, Sonna Bishop and Sharon Fair, VA Home Base staff, doctors, Avinash Nichani and Sarah Fulghum; and MA Anderson Cancer Center Radiation Staff. There are so many we wish we could list, but special thanks goes out to the many family and friends to visited and helped during these last few difficult months.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Tabernacle Freewill Baptist Cemetery Fund or Hospice of West Alabama.
Monday, August 10, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North.
2 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Tabernacle Freewill Baptist Church