Normal Lee Montgomery, 74, of Salyersville, Ky. was born on November 2, 1934 and departed this life on October 12, 2009 at his residence.
Normal Lee was born on Rockhouse Fork to Sherman and Callie Jenkins Montgomery, both who preceded him in death.
On July 18, 1956, Normal Lee was united in marriage to Ada Grey Adkins and to this union five children were born. They are: Jimmy Montgomery, Della Minix, Tammy Wright, Valerie Montgomery, and Bobby Montgomery, all of Salyersville, Ky.
In 1971, Normal Lee accepted Jesus as his Savior and he and Ada Grey were baptized together and became members of the Bloomington United Baptist Church. He steadfastly walked as a Christian and his faith was a big part of his life. For the last twenty years, he faithfully attended Emmanuel Baptist Church with his family and enjoyed worshiping with his church family.
Normal Lee was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother, Opal Oburn Montgomery. He is survived by his wife, five children, two daughters-in-law, Sheila and Charolette Montgomery, one son-in-law, Charles Wright, seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, James Lee, Stephanie, Jessica, Josh, Michael, and Lindsey, and five great- grandchildren, Jaylee, Sydney, Brock, Jackson, and Luke. He thought of Ada Grey’s brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews as his own and cared for them as such. He is also survived by a host of cousins and friends. Although Normal Lee had no surviving natural brothers, he considered his best friend, Henry (Trigg) James as a brother and loved him as if they were brothers. They made many trips together to Florida and Alabama, picking up loads of watermelons and peaches and visiting friends and relatives.
Normal Lee was a man that everyone loved. He was quite, loving, and believed that a man should always be known for keeping his word. He loved his family and labored many years as a salesman, tirelessly working for the betterment of his family. He loved his wife, Ada Grey and knew from the moment he met her that she was “the woman for him”. He was known for being quiet, but liked to play jokes on his family when they least expected it.
He was always the happiest when his children, grandchildren, and his great-grandbabies visited. He was always there willing to help and lend a hand and his family knew that they could always count on “Papaw”. One of his favorite Christmas gifts was a sign that said, “When all else fails, call 1-800-Grandpa”.
He also loved when his friends visited him at the produce stand and would tell of how they sat around and talked about anything and everything. He was selfless and put others’ needs before his own. He even went as far as jumping in the river one winter day to save a friend even though he didn’t know how to swim. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him.
Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.
Normal Lee Montgomery
Friday, November 2, 1934 - 08:00
Monday, October 12, 2009 - 07:00
Location of service:
Magoffin County Funeral Home