Ecclesiastes 7:1 states, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death better than the day of one's birth.” SSgt. Marshall David Montgomery (US Army retired), 65, of Gurdon, who died Sunday, July 15, 2012, made a good name for himself.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 states, "A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death better than the day of one's birth." SSgt. Marshall David Montgomery (US Army retired), 65, of Gurdon, who died Sunday, July 15, 2012, made a good name for himself. His parents, Lilton David Montgomery and Dorothy Montgomery were proud parents on Dec. 3, 1946, when their son, Marshall, was born in Detroit, Mich.

Marshall was preceded in death by his father, Lilton David Montgomery. Following his father's footsteps, he served his country by joining the United States Army on Nov. 14, 1967. While in the Army, he received numerous honors, medals and commendations, such as the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm-Frame Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal with Device. He retired after 20 years of dedicated service. After retiring from the Army, Marshall held several civilian positions including park manager at White Oak State Park and supervisor of Arkansas Razorback athletics to name a few. He was also a Master Mason and Secretary of the Excelsior Universal Lodge No. 13 of M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F. & A.M. of Arkansas.

He leaves his memories to be cherished by his wife of 38 years, Sunee Montgomery; three daughters, Jacqueline and Robert Hass, Lilly and Lawrence Johnson and Linda and Hasani Moss; his mother, Dorothy Montgomery; his 13 grandchildren, Jaquiya, Raqueline, Raquiya, Lawrence, Laniah, Lukas, Kendrick, Marshall, James, Hannah, Isaac, Janice and Janea; and his five brothers, Terrence Montgomery, Norman Montgomery, Delbert Montgomery, Lilton Montgomery and Brad Montgomery.

Mr. Montgomery will lie in repose in the funeral home on Friday, from 2 – 7 p.m., with the family hour from 6-7 p.m.

The service of celebration for Mr. Montgomery will be held on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m., at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church where the Rev. Johnny C. Harris is the pastor and will be the celebrant.

Services are provided by Williams Funeral Home, Inc.

To sign the guest book in memory of Mr. Montgomery, go to www.funeralsatwilliams.com.