Obituary for Buddy Montgomery
Buddy Michael Montgomery 77 passed away November 1, 2023, at home surrounded by his family. He was born July 2, 1946, to Henry Alton Montgomery and Bertie Woodson Montgomery. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Montgomery, mother, Bertie Montgomery, two brothers Alan Montgomery and Dexter Montgomery; and five sisters Eva Sink, Elsie Farrell, Helen Montgomery, Eunice Hodges, and Lynn Price.
He grew up in Eagle Rock, Virginia, but moved to Roanoke in his adult years. Buddy and his special nephew, Barry Sink, enlisted in the US Navy together in 1964. He was honorably discharged in 1968. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, and his favorite driver was Richard Petty. Buddy was very knowledgeable about cars and had a bunch he loved. His favorite was the 440 Road Runner. He could tell you just about anything having to do with cars. Buddy was shot and paralyzed at 28. His devoted daughter was his full-time caregiver after his paralysis.
He loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.
He is survived by his son, Buddy Michael Montgomery II and wife Kim Montgomery of Roanoke; his daughter, Tonya J Chocklett of Roanoke, his grand dog “Izzy Boo”; grandchildren, Megan Montgomery and Brayden Montgomery of Roanoke; and a great grandchild, Zeppelin Abbott. Buddy is also survived by sisters, Elouise Spangler of Eagle Rock VA., Bertie “Avis” Harris of Buchanan, VA, Alton McGuire of Roanoke VA, and Casena “Maggie” Furrow and her husband Tommy Furrow of Callaway Va.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, November 17, 2023, at Oakey’s North Chapel with Rev. Chris Kingery officiating.
A special thank you to Good Samaritan Hospice. His nurse Callie. His social worker Deidre. His spiritual councilor Tammy. A big thank you to Care Advantage for aide Brenda Jones. His “adopted” daughter Darlene Bowyer helped take care of Dad in his last months. These people are the reason his daughter got to keep dad at home until the end. I can’t express enough how each person gave Dad his best care at the end and allowed me to keep Dad at home.
We will be live-streaming the service for those who cannot attend. Click on the link below to view the service.