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Willis Jerome Montgomery, Jr.
June 28, 1933 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Willis Jerome Montgomery Jr. was born on June 28, 1933, in Columbia, South Carolina, the beloved son of the late Willis Sr., and Annie Bell Sharpe Montgomery. At the blessed age of ninety (90), he peacefully departed this life on Friday, February 2, 2024, at his residence in Irmo, South Carolina.
Willis received his education through Columbia's public school system and later joined the United States Army after graduating from high school, where he was a proud member of the Army Airborne Corp.
During his distinguished career, he bravely served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a tunnel rat and was honored with the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, Willis dedicated himself to various jobs in the Civil Service sector, including the United States Postal Service and as an employee at Walter Reed Medical Center, in Washington, DC.
Willis found great joy in tending to his yard and inventing gadgets to assist him in its care. He also had a passion for cooking, creating secret recipes that he would playfully keep to himself. Whenever asked about his culinary creations, he would respond by asking, "How would you make it?", and then reply, "That's how I make it too." Willis had a gift for bringing laughter to people of all ages and loved sharing stories about his military experiences and his life in Washington, DC. As a devoted fan of the NFL, he cheered passionately for the Washington Redskins.
In addition to his parents, Willis was preceded in death by his daughters, Brenda and LaJuan Montgomery, son, Jerome Montgomery, and siblings, Clara Bell Davis, Hattie Gilmore, Hertecene Montgomery, and Henry Montgomery.
Those cherishing fond and precious memories are his loving wife of 25 years, Hazel Montgomery of the home; along with his daughters, Consaundra Montgomery of South Carolina, and Veronica Montgomery of Washington, DC; and his son, Antonio (Samantha) Montgomery of South Carolina; his stepdaughter, Jennifer Fredrick; and stepson, Antonio Fordham, both of South Carolina; as well as twelve (12) grandchildren; and thirteen (13) great-grandchildren; in addition to his immediate family, Willis leaves behind a multitude of extended family members and friends who will forever cherish his memory.