L.G. Montgomery ABERNATHY- L.G. Montgomery, 86, died Friday, July 20, 2012. Memorial services will be Tuesday, July 24 in the Abernathy First United Methodist Church, 704 Ave. D, with the Rev. Kyle Brock officiating. Leslie Gayle Montgomery was born on October 6, 1925, in Memphis, TX, to Samuel Leslie Montgomery and Edith Sachse Montgomery. He graduated from McLean High School and attended West Texas State College on a football scholarship. He played one game and was drafted into the Navy in World War II. He served on a Landing Craft Infantry in the Pacific. After the war he attended Texas Tech where he met his wife, Jennie Mae (Jan) Boyer. L.G. and Jan had a garden wedding in the Boyer's yard in Bedford on July 2, 1948. They lived in Bedford for nine years where they farmed. While at Bedford, they were charter members of First Methodist Church of Bedford. L.G. served on the school board & was chief of the volunteer fire department. In 1956, L.G. and Jan bought a farm and moved their family 6 miles west of Abernathy where they continue to reside at the time of his death. L.G. took an active role in the community. He served as an Organizational leader of the Abernathy 4-H Club and he received the 4-H Silver Spur Award as well as receiving the Honorary Chapter Farmer Award from the Abernathy Chapter of Future Farmers of America. He was vice president of the Hale County Farm Bureau. He has served on numerous committees of the Abernathy Methodist Church. He was a member of the Abernathy American Legion and Masonic Lodge. In 1982, Montgomery's were honored as the Farm Family of the Year by the Abernathy Chamber of Commerce. L.G. is best known for his sense of humor, often telling people L.G. was short for Low Gear or Long Gone. He was passionate about activities and organizations that helped youth to develop self-confidence and life skills. He loved agriculture and horses. Most importantly, he always stood for Jesus Christ and his standard for doing any transaction was the Golden Rule. Montgomery was preceded in death by his parents, S.L. and Edith Montgomery and a brother, J.M. Montgomery. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jan.; one brother, Don Montgomery of Mattawamkeag, ME; six children, Richard (Sheree) Montgomery of Abernathy, Burt (Shelley) Montgomery of Byers, Susie (Mike) Breitling of Dalhart, Martha (Max) Huber of Anton, Doug (Kim) Albrecht of Lubbock, and Doyle (Tammy) Albrecht of Abernathy; fifteen grandchildren, Melody Rexrode, Sarah Stribling, John Paul Montgomery, Von Aven, Julie Armstrong, Jill Montgomery, Kalynn Kulhavy, Ann-Claire Gustin, Erika McNeely, Leslie Workman, David Hargis, Kaitlyn and Mathew Albrecht, Travis and Ashley Albrecht; and nineteen great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to The Abernathy First United Methodist Church, 704 Ave. D, Abernathy Meals on Wheels, 1602 Ave. J, Abernathy Junior Livestock Show, 422 North Dr., or Abernathy Senior Citizens Assoc., 717 Ave. C.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on July 22, 2012