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Jim L. Montgomery

Jim L. Montgomery

Jim L. Montgomery, 81, of Little Rock departed this life on Thursday, November 22, 2012 peacefully at home. Jim was born March 10, 1931, in Canton, Mississippi to James Lester Montgomery and Estelle “Polly” Cauthen Montgomery. Jim graduated from Canton High School and Mississippi State University. He spent his entire career with Aetna Insurance Company as Employee Benefits Manager in Little Rock and Oklahoma City. Following retirement, he served five years, along with his wife Mary Frances, as Camp Director for Camp Mitchell located on beautiful Petit Jean Mountain.

He is pre-deceased by his parents, step-mother Vivian Quinn West Montgomery Edwards, step-brother Robert H. West, and his beloved wife Mary Frances “Miff” Williams Montgomery. He is survived by his brother C. Robert Montgomery, step-sister Anne Seay, his children Polly Montgomery Deems (Don) of Little Rock, Cyndy Montgomery Tilden (Don) of Dallas, James “Jim” Montgomery (Tonya) of Denver, his grandchildren Taylor and Alex Deems, and Parker, Westin, Madison, and Kelsey Montgomery, and eleven nieces and nephews. Caroline Stevenson, his loving and devoted companion, also survives him.

Jim was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and served in many leadership roles such as Senior Warden, Vestry Member, Search Committee Member, and was the proud Scout Master for Troop 7. He cared deeply about the scouting program and spent over 50 years assisting scouts with their goal of achieving their Eagle rank. He was an active member of Troop 045 for senior scouts and was very humbled to have the Troop 7 Scout Hut named for him. He also enjoyed the outdoors and spent many weeks on the Buffalo River and Big Piney Creek with the “Jasper in June” group. Hunting birds of any kind was a way to get away with his “hunting buddies”. He brought home duck, turkey, quail, pheasant, dove and some great stories to tell, as well. Jim enjoyed his many road trips with family and friends and the regular dinners out with the “birthday group”.

The family would like to thank his caregivers Ann McElroy, Susie Parker, Shelby Wilkerson, Marilyn Anderson, and Erma Esau all of whom treated him with respect and compassion these last several years of his life. The family offers a special thanks to his personal physician and dear friend Dr. Harold Hedges. And, finally, the family is grateful to Arkansas Hospice for making his last days comfortable and giving him his wish to pass at home.

A service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas on Tuesday, November 27 at 11:00 a.m. Jim will be laid to rest in the columbarium located in the courtyard of the church. A reception will follow the service in the church’s parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207 or Boy Scouts of America, Quapaw Area Council, 3220 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home,

“May God hold us all in the palm of his hand”.

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"A beautifuly written synoposis of the life of this kind, gentle and funny man. His spirit is alive and well in all of us who knew him - and in those whose lives he touched for good without their ever knowing him personally."
Caroline Stevenson | Little Rock, AR |

"I am sorry to see the passing of Mr. Jim. He was a tremendous man who was well respected and loved in the Quapaw Area Council. Please accept my condolences on behalf of the members of Troop 045. If there is anything we can do for you in this time of need, please let me know.

Bill Ridgeway
Scoutmaster, Troop 045"

William L. Ridgeway Jr | Cabot, AR |

"So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was the most generous a caring man giving of his time and energy to help youth and the future. He will be missed."
James Hendren | Little Rock, AR |

"Jim was one of my co-workers when I was a Marketing Representative with Aetna in Little Rock from 1974 - 1977. When our first child was born 2 months prematurely, Jim went to bat for us with the claim, and without his help, we would have had thousands of dollars of expense to contend with. Many years later when our second son was planning his wedding, and chose to have the ceremony at the Camp Mitchell open air chapel, I encountered Jim once again, and his giving spirit.

I'm certain that the Lord is allowing Jim to once again serve in His Kingdom. It will be good to see him there one day."

Jim and Mary Larmoyeux | Thornburg, AR |

"Our prayers to the family. Jim was a good neighbor and will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in the peace
and comfort of our Lord."

Mike & Marsha Tadlock | Little Rock, AR |

"Jim was definitely one of this life's "good guys". The kind you're always glad to see, and you smile when you remember him. Our part of the world is better for his having lived among us. "
Sue Campbell | Little Rock, AR |

"Jim will be remembered by so many for his generous
gift of himself to so many causes. My sons benefited from his work with Scouting. A truly great man."

Frances Snedecor Vestal | Dripping Springs, TX |

"My sincere condolences to the Montgomery family. Jim has been my friend for many many years and we shared some wonderful family times together with our children. They all went to school together and we attended many sporting events, riding in that special red station wagon. His witty and fun ways kept us all laughing for hours. I will always consider him a true "southern gentleman" and how he always made everyone feel "special" with his kindness. He will be missed but never forgotten; rest in peace, my friend."
Cherie Crow | Little Rock, AR |

"Growing up, Jim was like a second father. From weekends at the lake (teaching me to ski) or through a myriad of sporting events at Robinson, Mr. Jim was always there in support. A "teacher" and a great man, who positively shaped my value system as an adolescent. Thank you Mr. Montgomery, for being a part of my early life. Randall Crow"
Randall Crow (Randy) | Amsterdam, Netherlands |

" Mr. Montgomery was a kind and generous soul and touched the lives of so many with his leadership and positive example. He will be missed by the entire community. I was proud to have known him."
Terry Sharp, Assistant Scout Executive, Quapaw Area Council, Boy Scouts of America | Little Rock, AR |

"Jim and Miff were very special to me. When I arrived in OKC in '89 they took me in and became my remote parents. I have great memories of Jim as he was my first boss at Aetna. He was a great man and will be remembered so fondly. My condolences to the entire Montgomery family.
Scott Nilsen"

Scott Nilsen | St. Louis, MO |

"So sad to hear this news. My memories of Jim are of a kind and gentle man. My thoughts are with you all."
Mollie Campbell Papan | Little Rock, AR |

"We were so sorry to hear of the death of your Dad, Polly, he was such a dear, sweet man. Robert has many fond memories of him. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time.

Jo Ann Kennedy | Little Rock , AR |

"Jim was a class person, a great churchman and an insurance professional. I have known him for 40 years and will miss him. Our condolences to Carolyn. Jay & Robbie Bradford

Jay & Robbie Bradford | Little Rock, AR |

"Polly, Cyndy, and Jim, my heart goes out to you and your loss. Don't know if you remember me, but your mom and dad opened their hearts and home to me when I arrived in Little Rock for my second assignment with Aetna in 1977. I learned so much about life, relationships and business through them both, and look back on my time in Little Rock with much fondness. I pray that you can take great comfort in the positive impact they both had on so many people whether in church or business, family and friends. I know that God has a special place for people who have been faithful to the end. Blessings to each of you. "
Holly Fraser Wylie | Huntington Beach, CA |

"I was so sorry to hear about the passing of my first Scoutmaster and fellow St. Mark's church goer. He was a great role model for many young men and served his church and community with love and dedication. He was the reason I became involved with the Boy Scouts as an adult leader 35 years later with my son."
Britt Kennedy | St. Louis, MO |

"Polly and Cyndy,

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a delightful man. I know he was such a good father too. Please know that you all are in my prayers.

Ginger "

Ginger Wade | Little Rock, AR |

"When I think of the handful of people who positively influenced and guided my early adolescent life. molding me into the woman I am today, I think of Jim. Jim, as my Boy Scout Troop 7 leader in the late 1960's and early 1970's, epitomized the attributes of a true community leader while continually reinforcing the Boy Scout founding principles of Lord Baden Powell.

Upon learning of Jim's passing, my first thought was of a lone bugle playing Taps with the notes wafting over the dark trees lining the Saline River at Camp Quapaw.

God bless Jim Montgomery."

Sarah Vestal | Petaluma, CA |

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