Joseph Raymond (Ray) Montgomery, Jr. (84-years old) High Point native and beloved husband of Katherine “Kitty” Marsh Montgomery passed away peacefully after a long illness while in residence at Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
Ray’s enjoyment of world travel, art, gardening, gourmet delights, a good story and Tar Heel Basketball was only surpassed by his love of friends and family. Born December 21, 1935, and a graduate of High Point High School, Ray earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at UNC-Chapel Hill where he participated in track & cross country. Ray & Kitty were married July 3, 1958, and just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary and recently became great-grandparents.
A life-long entrepreneur, during his career in the furniture and textile industries Ray held positions at Alderman Studios and various print media firms before starting his own companies: Creative Marketing, Stewart Gallery and Dependable Printing. The Boy Scouts of America was a cornerstone of his life and he attained the rank of Eagle Scout (as did his sons) as a member of Troop #1 and he later served as Scout Master of Troop #55 in High Point. Active membership in Jaycees, Thomasville Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), United Way (Publicity Chairman), Northwood Elementary PTA (President) and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church were among his many civic interests and activities.
Predeceased by his parents, Joseph Raymond Montgomery and Hallie Huffman Montgomery, Ray is survived by his wife - Katherine Marsh Montgomery, sister- Martha O’Connor of Arizona, sons - Joseph R. Montgomery, III and wife Evelyn Montgomery of Atlanta, GA; Stewart Marsh Montgomery of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren - Amanda Montgomery Davian and husband Ryan Davian of Atlanta, GA, Joseph R. Montgomery, IV of Atlanta, GA, Katherine Elizabeth Montgomery of Wilmington, NC; great-grandson Austin Ryan Davian born July 6; daughter-in-law Mary Morrison Hall of Wilmington, NC and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm Friday, August 9, 2019, at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church at the corner of North Main Street and Farriss Ave. in High Point, NC.
The family offers sincere thanks for the many acts of kindness received during this time and wishes to offer particular thanks to the loving staff of Maryfield and asks that donations in lieu of flowers be sent to Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.wrightfs.com.
Wright Funerals-Cremations is in charge of arrangements.
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