Oneonta, died April 10, 2014, at the residence. He was police chief at Riverside for five years before moving to Oneonta as fire chief where he retired after 27 years of service. He also retired from the City of Birmingham as Lt. Fire/Medic. One of the original members who put the first rescue truck in service in the State of Alabama, he worked diligently to bring E-911 to Blount County. He taught several years at UAB Medic Program and for the State Fire College and was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church, Birmingham Retired Fire Fighters Association, and Blount County Cattlemen’s Association. Parents John and Carol Montgomery Neeley predeceased him, as did granddaughter Katherine Faith Freda.

Surviving are wife Connie Lindsey Montgomery; sons Jim (Marsha) Montgomery, St. Augustine, Fla., Frank E. (Haley) Proctor Jr., Anniston, Vance (Nancy) Proctor, Oneonta; grandchildren Jordan Montgomery, Jamie Montgomery, Maeson Proctor, Zachary Proctor and Matthew Proctor; sister Patti Drake, Harvest; brother Don (Diane) Montgomery, Chickamauga, Ga.

Jack Redfearn officiated the 11 a.m. service held April 17 at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery with Jeff Ivey, Scott Payne, Quentin Williams, Josh Gibson, Rex Allred, Greg Hamrick, Brandon Horton, and David Osborne serving as pallbearers. The Oneonta Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers. Lemley Funeral Home directed.