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Hubert Franklin Montgomery


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Hubert Franklin Montgomery, 85

Hubert Franklin Montgomery, a lifelong resident of West Plains and well-known businessman, who owned and operated Hubert's Radio and TV for more than 40 years, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Brookhaven Nursing Home, under the care of Hospice, at the age of 85.

He was born on August 6, 1925 to Bert Cornelious and Irene May (Fike) Montgomery. On September 27, 1946, he married Veva Mayola Trantham at West Plains, Missouri.

Hubert proudly served his Country in the United States Army. He served in World War II and was stationed in Germany where he received extensive training in electronics. After his discharge, Hubert began working for Don Barton as a technician. A few years later he purchased the business and renamed it Hubert's Radio and TV. The business began in a small corner of a building on the Court Square in West Plains. Under Hubert's careful watch, the business grew rapidly; moving first to East Main Street, and then a few years later, he purchased the Star Grocery store across the street and moved. He later expanded and doubled the amount of retail and service space. Hubert was very proud that all six of his children (all boys) worked in the family business over the years.

He was also very proud that five of his sons all started their own successful businesses: Satellites Plus, Xtreme Audio Plus, Montgomery Central Systems and Montgomery Heating and Aire.

Hubert was heavily involved in his Church, Victoria Mission. He served as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Mission Director and Song Leader for more than 60 years. He and his wife, Veva, built and dedicated the Library at the church in honor of their deceased son Dale. They were instrumental in starting the missions work at the church, raising thousands of dollars for Haiti and Guatemala. Hubert traveled to Haiti several times and was responsible for building several churches, the first in honor of son Dale.

He and his wife Veva were also well-known for their huge garden and supplied produce to grocery stores and restaurants, as well as, family and friends.

Not long after he retired from his business, Hubert began using his talents as a song leader. For more than 15 years he traveled to area Nursing Homes and the Senior Citizen Centers singing to the residents. He touched many lives and continued to sing until he became ill. He was so dedicated that at one point, after being transferred to a rehabilitation center in an area nursing home, Hubert had someone push him in a wheel chair to the chapel where he again led singing to the other residents.

He is survived by, his loving wife of 64 years, Veva, of the family home; five sons,Jim Montgomery, West Plains;Jack Montgomery, and wife,Denise, West Plains; John Montgomery, and wife, Karen, Mountain Home, AR; Greg Montgomery, and wife, Brandi, West Plains; Mike Montgomery, and wife, Kathy, Mountain Home, AR; six grandchildren, Justin Montgomery, Quincy, Illinois; Michael Erixon, Mountain Home, AR; Tiffani Montgomery, Mountain Home, AR; Emily Montgomery, Mountain Home, AR; Landon Montgomery, West Plains; Ryan Montgomery, West Plains; one brother, Carl Montgomery, and wife, Emmy, Aiken, SC; one sister, Mable Judd , West Plains; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by His Parents; One son, Dale Montgomery; four brothers, George Montgomery; Claude Montgomery; Everett Montgomery; Herbert Montgomery; Clyde Montgomery; two sisters, Ruth Redburn; and Ruby Earls.

The Family would like to express their deep appreciation to Three Rivers Hospice and Brookhaven Nursing Home for their care and compassion.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 pm, Thursday June 16, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday, June 15, at Robertson-Drago. Burial will be at the Elk Creek Cemetery with a reception to follow at Victoria Mission Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elk Creek Cemetery (please send to Robertson-Drago) or Baxter County Sheriff's Foundation.

Published in Baxter Bulletin from June 14 to June 16, 2011
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