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Dwight Ray Montgomery

Memphis, TN

Reverend Dwight Ray Montgomery, 67, Pastor of Annesdale Cherokee Missionary Baptist Church, President of the Memphis Chapter of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and a well-known civil rights activist for the Greater Memphis area and throughout the country passed away on September 13, 2017.

Pastor Montgomery was a proud graduate of Hamilton High School (Class of 1968) and Lane College in Jackson, TN (Class of 1972) where he served as President of the Student Government Association (SGA) for several years. He was also recognized by Who's Who Among American College Students. While at Lane College, he pledged the Fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. where he also served in several positions of leadership.

After graduating from Lane College, Pastor Montgomery returned to his hometown Memphis and began his life-long work of community activism working with Sickle Cell awareness. In 1974, he birthed his first activist movement, COBY (Coalition of Black Youth) to address several community housing issues and set the framework for many housing initiatives which are still in place today. He eventually became a Board Member of the Memphis Housing Authority serving 9 years in a volunteer capacity and 2 years as Chairman.

In 1975, Pastor Montgomery answered his calling into the Christian ministry and was ordained into the ministry at Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church. His first calling was to New Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he served faithfully for 7 years before accepting a call to Annesdale Cherokee Missionary Baptist Church which he pastored faithfully from 1985 to present (32 years). In addition to his duties as Pastor, he remained active in the community founding the Faith-Based Public Education Initiative (FBPEI), serving as chairman of the Educational Committee for the Baptist Ministerial Association for a couple of years, fighting against gangs, poverty, various social ills, and for TennCare enrollees and the homeless. He was selected to and served as a Director to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and served in numerous other Christian education and community based activities.

He is survived by his son, Gamal K. Ellison; grandson, Khalin Ellison; brother Maynard L. Montgomery (Earline); sister Angela R. Miller (Darryl); an uncle, several aunts, a niece, a nephew, a great-nephew, and a host of cousins and other relatives.

Visitation will be Friday, September 22 at Annesdale Cherokee Missionary Baptist Church, 2960 Kimball Avenue from 4 - 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 23 at Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church. 8800 Winchester Road from 10 - 11 a.m. A celebration of his life will begin at 11 a.m., followed by Interment in Memorial Park South Woods Cemetery, 5485 Hacks Cross Road.

The Memphis Chapter of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) will be having a public Memorial service on Friday, September 22 at Mt. Moriah East Baptist Church, 1248 Haynes Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the or the National Civil Rights Museum.

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 20, 2017
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