Billie Maxine (Sweet) Montgomery, 85, of McAlester, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at her residence.
Billie was born to Cleveland and Fannie Leigh Sweet on Aug. 15, 1931, in Hartshorne. She graduated from Goodland Academy, a Presbyterian boarding school for American Indians.
She married James "Jim" Montgomery on Dec. 2, 1950, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and she and Jim were stateside missionaries for the Baptist Missions.
They started, and pastored, the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hartshorne, pastored Blanco Baptist Church and also served as a supply ministers filling in at various Baptist churches in the area.
Billie worked as a den mother for Jones Academy in Hartshorne and taught special education at Hartshorne School.
She enjoyed quilting, reading and writing poetry.
Billie was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. James "Jim" Montgomery, of the home; sons, Jimmy Montgomery Jr. and wife, Patricia, of Gowen, and Don Montgomery, of Pottsboro, Texas; daughter, Joy Semtner and husband, Richard, of Hartshorne; grandchildren, Shelly Davy and husband, Steve, Angela Clair, Heather Johnson and husband, Joseph, Jimmy Dale Montgomery and wife, Renee, Jessica Kay Miller and husband, Wes, and Jordan White; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Robinson and Myrtle Morgan, and other family members and friends.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Cleveland and Fannie Sweet; a daughter, Sharon Marie Montgomery, and brothers, Bobby Sweet, Eugene Sweet and Harvey Sweet.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bishop Chapel of Memories officiated by the Rev. Chip Lott. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester.
Pallbearers will be Don Montgomery, Jimmy Montgomery, Steve Davy, Richard Semtner and Glenn Davis.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bishop Funeral Service.
Published on January 29, 2017