OBITUARY

Ret. Lt. Col. Franklin Blair Montgomery

September 8, 1923April 9, 2018

Ret. Lt. Col. Franklin Blair Montgomery, 94, of High Point passed away April 9, 2018. He was born in High Point, NC to Artie Lee Cranford and Jeter Raymond Montgomery September 8, 1923.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Cynthia Smith Montgomery; son Jeter Wayne Montgomery; and two brothers, James Cranford Montgomery and Joseph Raymond Montgomery.

He is survived by his sons Stephen and wife Sandra, John and wife Heather, and Harlan Craig and wife Kathleen; and daughter-in-law Brenda; his grandchildren Raven, Adam, Stephen, John, Evan, Aidan, Christopher, Laura, and Caroline; and great grandchildren Danielle, Evelyn, Mason, and Madelyn.

Frank was raised through the Depression and never forgot life as it was back then. As a young boy he was involved in Boy Scouts, which played a major influence during his whole life. He truly was trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Frank graduated from High Point High School in 1941 and celebrated his 75th High School reunion in June 2016.

On December 9, 1942, Frank enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. As a Cadet he attended flight and officer training. On March 12, 1944 he was appointed an officer in the Army Air Corps of the United States of America in the grade of Second Lieutenant. He went on to serve his country through World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During WWII he was assigned to the 78th Fighter Squadron, flew the P51 Mustang in the Pacific Theatre and was present during the taking of Iwo Jima.

After WWII, Frank left the Armed Services and returned to High Point. Here he met Cynthia Veronica Smith, fell in love and was married on September 19, 1947. After a few years building homes, Frank was recalled to military service.

In 1963, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Omaha having taken advantage of the Bootstrap Program.

During the Vietnam War, Frank flew the C130 Hercules. In 1968, he was awarded The Silver Star for his gallantry in action having evacuated 150 American soldiers and South Vietnamese from Kam Duc, a special operations air field being overrun by the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive. After 28 years of service and having moved about 25 times, he retired from the United States Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in August 1970.

Again, after retiring from the Air Force, the family moved back to High Point. Frank was a member of First United Methodist Church, was a Scoutmaster for Troop 55, was involved with Toastmasters and the Lions Club and worked as a Real Estate agent.

He gave many presentations to various organizations and schools about events that had happened during his military career. He not only shared the facts of the events but poured his heart out describing what life was like during these years.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, the Alzheimers Association or a charity of your choice.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 14th at First United Methodist Church of High Point at 10am, Rev. John Fitzgerald officiating. Visitation will take place on Friday, April 13th from 6pm to 8pm at Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point.

Online condolences can be made at www.sechrestfunerals.com. Sechrest Funeral Service is honored to serve the family of Franklin Montgomery.

  • FAMILY

  • Jeter Raymond & Artie Lee Cranford Montgomery, Parents
  • Cynthia Smith Montgomery, Wife
  • Stephen Montgomery & wife Sandra, Son
  • John Montgomery & wife Heather, Son
  • Harlan Craig Montgomery & wife Kathleen, Son
  • Jeter Wayne Montgomery, Son
  • Brenda Montgomery, Daughter-in-law
  • James Cranford Montgomery, Brother
  • Joseph Raymond Montgomery, Brother
  • Mr. Montgomery is also survived by his grandchildren, Raven, Adam, Stephen, John, Evan, Aidan, Christopher, Laura and Caroline; and great grandchildren, Danielle, Evelyn, Mason, and Madelyn.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 14, 2018

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Interment
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Walter "Dub" Greeson

April 16, 2018

Franklin wanted to visit the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. This was the summer of 2008. We waited in line with quite a few other vehicles. The car in front of us was stopped and searched! Franklin showed his Air Force ID and we drove straight through. Traveling with Monty had its advantages! We met many new people on our travels together. He loved to reach into his pocket and hand a new silver dollar to some one he just met. Children's eyes would light up when they received one. Monty made a lasting impression with everyone. The two of us shared something unique when it came to our birthdays. Mine was 8/9 and his was 9/8. We never forgot each others birthday because of our numbers. I will miss Monty's joyful voice and his caring way! He was a special friend!

Walter "Dub" Greeson, Amarillo, Texas

Elaine Brown

April 14, 2018

Franklin Montgomery was a special man who exemplified the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. He was helpful and courteous to all. I don't think he ever met a stranger. Franklin had a cheerful outlook on life and found the good in all people. Being around him was the very best medicine to improve your day. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. I called him Monty because that's what his friends called him. He has been the best friend a person could have. I will remember the wonderful stories he told, his special laugh and the joy in his heart. Monty brought out the best in all of us. I consider him and American hero who served his country well!

God bless you Monty,
Elaine Brown, Amarillo, Texas

Tom GLENN

April 13, 2018

My sincere condolences. Frank will always be a true American hero. His personal commitment to selfless service to our Nation is worthy of emulation by all who aspire to follow in his footsteps as an aviator, airman and patriot. It is my honor to call him a friend and I will miss his smile, twinkle in the eye and laugh. My life was better from having known Frank.

Jeter Farlow

April 13, 2018

I have had the good pleasure of knowing Mr. Frank Montgomery for the last few years. My wife, Kay and I met him at Mayberrys almost every Sunday Night. He would always give us a small bear filled with honey, the write-up about his life in the service and many other interesting stories. It was a real privilege to have known him and his friend. Thanks to him for his service in the Arm forces of the United States of America. You all had a wonderful DAD>

Padraig, Eithne, Callum and Robert Mallon

April 13, 2018

We were so lucky to have gotten to know Frank ( through David ( Tuck) Mitchell, to have corresponded with him over the years and to have had him visit our home in Cork, Ireland.
His letters and mementos and Americana sent to our two boys over the years were a big part of their childhood. They and us are all the better for having met and had a friendship with a real American hero and an all-round great guy. Our boys called him Colonel Montgomery so I guess he was promoted up the ranks in Ireland.
May he rest in peace
The Mallon family
Cork, Ireland

Georgia Pappas

April 13, 2018

I had the honor of being introduced to Frank just a few years ago through a mutual friend. A true gentleman in every sense of the word, he was dignified yet humble, strong-willed yet kind. His heartfelt smiles and life lessons will be sorely missed.

Rest easy Soldier

Tammy Ball Pierce

April 13, 2018

I remember Mr Montgomery coming and sitting on the back porch with Uncle Charles and I and we would just talk about all kind of things, I loved listening to them both laugh and enjoying talking about farming and back in the days they would say, and at Christmas he would always bring us his Christmas nuts he called them, He was a very Sweet Man and will be missed... Go Rest with Your Friends... Thanks for the Memories and the time that I got to know you ...

Carla (Croker) Lamm

April 12, 2018

Dear family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Frank has always been a wonderful friend to my father and our family from my father’s childhood and mine. He was always so supportive and encouraging whenever there was a need. One of my favorite memories is he carried silver dollars in his pocket to give to children at events. I am so proud to have been able to call him a friend.
Rest In Peace.

Michael Woodham

April 12, 2018

I got the privilege of meeting Mr. Montgomery on a couple of occasions. One in which my son got to meet and shake hands with a true American hero. I will always remember him for his service to our country and the humbleness he had when he talked about it.

Steve and family...feel honored that he was part of your family. I pray the sting of his passing will be replaced with many fond memories of his time spent with you.

Robert Stevenson

April 12, 2018

Dear family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I meet Frank several years ago at an Air Force reunion in Williamsburg Va. I was also assigned to the 78th Fighter Squadron although some twenty five years after Frank. We were so pleased to learn that we were both from High Point. That meeting began a friendship that I will truly cherish forever. Frank was the most kind and thoughtful man I have ever had the privilege to know and a perfect example of the Greatest Generation. My thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP my Bushmaster brother.
Robert Stevenson

Biography

Ret. Lt. Col. Franklin Blair Montgomery, 94, of High Point passed away April 9, 2018. He was born in High Point, NC to Artie Lee Cranford and Jeter Raymond Montgomery September 8, 1923.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Cynthia Smith Montgomery; son Jeter Wayne Montgomery; and two brothers, James Cranford Montgomery and Joseph Raymond Montgomery.

He is survived by his sons Stephen and wife Sandra, John and wife Heather, and Harlan Craig and wife Kathleen; and daughter-in-law Brenda; his grandchildren Raven, Adam, Stephen, John, Evan, Aidan, Christopher, Laura, and Caroline; and great grandchildren Danielle, Evelyn, Mason, and Madelyn.

Frank was raised through the Depression and never forgot life as it was back then. As a young boy he was involved in Boy Scouts, which played a major influence during his whole life. He truly was trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Frank graduated from High Point High School in 1941 and celebrated his 75th High School reunion in June 2016.

On December 9, 1942, Frank enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. As a Cadet he attended flight and officer training. On March 12, 1944 he was appointed an officer in the Army Air Corps of the United States of America in the grade of Second Lieutenant. He went on to serve his country through World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During WWII he was assigned to the 78th Fighter Squadron, flew the P51 Mustang in the Pacific Theatre and was present during the taking of Iwo Jima.

After WWII, Frank left the Armed Services and returned to High Point. Here he met Cynthia Veronica Smith, fell in love and was married on September 19, 1947. After a few years building homes, Frank was recalled to military service.

In 1963, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Omaha having taken advantage of the Bootstrap Program.

During the Vietnam War, Frank flew the C130 Hercules. In 1968, he was awarded The Silver Star for his gallantry in action having evacuated 150 American soldiers and South Vietnamese from Kam Duc, a special operations air field being overrun by the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive. After 28 years of service and having moved about 25 times, he retired from the United States Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in August 1970.

Again, after retiring from the Air Force, the family moved back to High Point. Frank was a member of First United Methodist Church, was a Scoutmaster for Troop 55, was involved with Toastmasters and the Lions Club and worked as a Real Estate agent.

He gave many presentations to various organizations and schools about events that had happened during his military career. He not only shared the facts of the events but poured his heart out describing what life was like during these years.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, the Alzheimers Association or a charity of your choice.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 14th at First United Methodist Church of High Point at 10am, Rev. John Fitzgerald officiating. Visitation will take place on Friday, April 13th from 6pm to 8pm at Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point.

Online condolences can be made at www.sechrestfunerals.com. Sechrest Funeral Service is honored to serve the family of Franklin Montgomery.