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James H. (Jim) Montgomery

James H. (Jim) Montgomery, age 94 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away November 22, 2021, in Mena. 

Jim was born in Champagne, Illinois, on May 20, 1927, to the late John Waldo “Monty” and Ruth Lucille (Weaver) Montgomery. Jim bravely served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was married to the love of his life, Bettie Jean “Dommie” Montgomery, for 69 years until her passing in 2017. He was adventuresome and loved traveling with his wife. He was always happiest when looking forward to his next adventure. Jim and Bettie were the proud owners of the Pine Bowl for 49 years. Jim was a problem solver and truly loved building businesses with his son, Jeff and grandson, Clint. He didn’t like to live in the past, and instead would look toward the future.  He especially loved spending time with his 6 great-grandchildren whom he adored. 

Mr. Montgomery is survived by, son, Jeff and wife Penny Montgomery of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Jill and husband Brian Mourning of Wonder Lake, Illnois; grandchildren, Clint and wife Telissa Montgomery, and Sarah Montgomery; great-grandchildren, Haley Montgomery, Skylar Montgomery, Max Montgomery, Katie Valdovinos,  Reese Montgomery, and  Hope Roberts; brothers, Jerry and wife Susie Montgomery of Branson, Missouri, John and wife Donna Montgomery of Mena, Arkansas; and sister, Joy Cross Montgomery of Spanish Fort, Alabama; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.  

A special thank you goes out to Bonnie for her years of wonderful caregiving and friendship. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; John Waldo “Monty” and Ruth Lucille (Weaver) Montgomery; wife, Bettie Jean “Dommie” Montgomery; and sister, Phyllis Montgomery.

Graveside services for Jim will be held Monday, November 29, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Victor Rowell officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. 

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, November 28, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Southwest Arkansas Visiting Nurses, 600 7th St, Mena, AR 71953.

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