William Claude 'Bill' Montgomery Jr.
Funeral service for William Claude "Bill" Montgomery Jr., age 73, of Decatur will be Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Mr. Montgomery, who died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Decatur Morgan Hospital following an extended illness, was born September 30, 1940, in Nashville, TN. He was the son of the late W.C. "Monty" Montgomery and Ernestine Barrow Montgomery. Bill had lived in Decatur since he was a child. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Riverside Senior Living in Decatur.
Bill served in the Army two years during the Vietnam War, with time spent in Vietnam. He worked at the Princess Theater in the 1960s but found his true vocation during his 20-plus years at the Decatur Boys Club as activities director. He never married, nor had children of his own, but he considered the hundreds of boys he coached in baseball and basketball to be "his" boys. After he left the Boys Club, he became a scorekeeper for the Decatur Dixie Youth Central League (which closed in 2006). Between 1975-2006, he scored over 4,000 games.
He is survived by his brother, Steven Montgomery of Huntsville and his wife, Cyndia; his sister, Dianne Montgomery Lear of Oceanside, CA and her husband, Bob; nieces, Jessica Ehler and Lesley Huner, nephew, Ryan Hunter and several grand-nephews and grand-niece.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Alabama, P.O. Box 1431, Decatur, AL 35602.
Guestbook available at www.sheltonfuneralhome.net.
This obituary was originally published in the Decatur Daily.