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James Elmer Montgomery, 79

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By The Staff

CARROLLTON, Ky – James “Jim” Montgomery, 79, of Carrollton died Friday, Oct. 31, at Carroll County Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 3, at Graham-Dunn Funeral Home, 213 Fifth St., Carrollton, with Pastor Bobby Wade officiating. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.

Mr. Montgomery was born in Mercer County on May 2, 1929, to the late Bill and Catherine (Smith) Montgomery.

He moved to Carrollton from Anchorage, Ky., with his first wife, Jean, in 1958. He became the first caretaker of Easter Seals’ Camp Kysoc in Carrollton, and built many of the cabins, roads and bridges, and made them accessible for the handicapped children who attend camp there.

In 1969 Jim became the maintenance supervisor for Carroll County Schools.

He was instrumental in obtaining Carroll County’s first ambulance and worked tirelessly for years as the Carroll County Civil Defense director. He was a deputy for Sheriff William Wheeler and Sheriff John Tilley. In 1967, Mr. Montgomery was selected Carroll County Rotary’s Man of the Year.

For the past 35 years, he owned and operated Jim’s Remodeling and Repair in Carrollton. He also was a locksmith and master brewer of sassafras tea, which he loved to share with everyone.

Survivors include his second wife, Mary Lee, to whom he was married 25 years;  two sons, Tom (Brenda) Montgomery and David Montgomery, both of Carrollton; a daughter, Cathy (Joe) Gilbert,  Carrollton; two step-daughters, Diana (Donnie) Smith of Carrollton and Linda (Ed) Zinn, who are living in China; a step-son, James (Sandy) Maples of Carrollton; two brothers, Hack Montgomery of Benton, Ky., and Bill Montgomery of La Grange, Ky.; a grandson; several step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife.

Pallbearers were Tom, David, Rusty and Hack Montgomery, Joe Gilbert, Cody Smith, Freddie Willhoite and Mark Reece. Honorary pallbearer was Jim Fitzgerald.

Memorial contributions may be made to The WHAS Crusade for Children, P.O. Box 1100, Louisville, KY 40201.