Life of “Red” Montgomery remembered

The man credited with being instrumental in the initiating, planning, development and creation of the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial in Canton has passed away.

Services for “Red” Ronald Montgomery, 80, of Canton were held Aug. 28 at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Mark Young, Rhita Koches and Kirby Montgomery officiating. Interment followed in High Cemetery. Montgomery passed away Aug. 24,2017, in Canton.

Close friends of Montgomery recalled the many good memories they had being around him.

“Red ranked up there with Russell Eubanks, Hoss Williams, B. W. Ward, Sam Hilliard, Joe Hackney, Angus Travis, Woodrow James, Norris Birdwell and Gordon Whitaker so far as being one of the most important citizens that we have had in Canton,” pointed out said Henry Lewis. “I first met Red in 1965. I had been in Canton maybe a week when I first knew him. He always did the right thing. He was dependable and you could count on him. If he said something, he would do it.”

Lewis recalled buying Timeless Treasures in Canton from Montgomery about 15 years ago. “It was just a handshake deal at that time,” said Lewis. “Nowadays, when you are negotiating with someone, it seems like we have to get a bunch of papers signed to get anything done.”

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