Richard Spookey” Montgomery, 79, of Moulton passed from this life on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at his home in the Wren Community. Visitation will be from 6 till 8 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the church with Bro. Neil Carter and Bro. Robert Smith officiating. Mr. Montgomery will lie in state from 1 till 2 p.m. Burial will be in Montgomery Cemetery with Lawrence Funeral Home assisting the family.
Born on July 27, 1940 to James Everett and Rheba Hampton Montgomery, Richard (named “Spookey” by his sister) was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed local, stateside and foreign mission work along with building wheelchair ramps with men from the church. He was very active in his community.
Spookey was a 1958 graduate of Lawrence County High School and a 1962 graduate of Samford University, formerly Howard College, with a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy. As a registered pharmacist, Richard owned the Corner Drug Store for many years. In 1978 he sold the drug store to follow his passion of law enforcement. Spookey began as an investigator for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. He served his community as a volunteer firefighter with Moulton Fire and Rescue before becoming a career firefighter. Later he worked as a Deputy Alabama State Fire Marshal and retired as the Alabama State Fire Marshal in 2006.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Brenda Key Montgomery; daughter, Caren Stewart; son, Wesley Everett Montgomery (Joyce) all of Moulton; seven grandchildren, Courtney Coan Dunlap (Brian) of Mt. Hope, Jenniffer Stewart (Fiance Adam Borden) of Moulton, Leslie Faust (Mitch) of Trinity, Nicole Montgomery (Fiance Andrew Lloyd) of Cypress, TX, David Stisher of Decatur, Paul Kirksey (Jamey) of Florence and Tommy Behm of Decatur; 13 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; brother, Ronnie Montgomery (Brenda) of Tuscaloosa; sisters, Carolyn Steele (Trillmon) of Moulton, and Letha Hardyman of Mt. Hope; numerous nieces, nephews and children who he claimed as family; and a very Special Caregiver, Holly Gibson.
Spookey was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Hadley Coan.
Pallbearers will be Chris Hood, Brandon Gibson, Paul Rutherford, Hunter Thorn, Phillip Henderson, Brian Phillips, Steve McLemore, and James Plaxco. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Pleasant Grove Adult Men Sunday School Class, the Past and Present Alabama State Fire Marshals and Moulton Fire and Rescue.
The family extends a very special thank you to Dr. Robert Hall and Kindred Hospice for their care during this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, c/o Lawrence County Gideons, PO Box 135, Moulton, AL 35650 or Pleasant Grove Baptist Youth, 11450 AL Hwy 33, Moulton, AL 354650.
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