Gary C. Montgomery, 81, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, with his family at his bedside on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. He was born on December 17, 1933 in Monroe County, Alabama. Gary attended Alabama A&M before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. After he was honorably discharged, he met his wife, Joyce (Burford) Montgomery, and they settled in the east Houston neighborhood of Pleasantville.
Gary joined the Houston Police Department in 1962, graduating with class #27. Upon graduation, Gary was assigned to the Central Patrol Division and was quickly selected to become an investigator with the Juvenile Division in 1963. During his 32 years of service, he earned numerous awards and citations until his retirement in 1995.
Gary is survived by his wife, Joyce, of nearly 56 years, his two children, Laura B. Montgomery-Barefield and Wayne Barefield of Birmingham, AL; Gary C. Montgomery Jr. and Abena Sandy-Montgomery of Houston; and grandchildren, Alyssa, Jordan, and Maya Barefield.
A celebration of life will be held in Houston at Pleasantville United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM. The interment will be at the Houston National Cemetery at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Houston 100 Club and the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated.