TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Many who work at the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office are mourning the loss of longtime former chief deputy Harry Montgomery. The 68-year-old lost his life after being injured in a motorcycle accident five days ago in Tennessee.
Larry Montgomery says his family is hurting because of his brother’s death. But he says the family is getting plenty of support from the community.
“It really makes you feel real good inside to know how well-respected he was by everyone,” Montgomery said.
Deputy Harry Montgomery served the sheriff’s office for 46 years. He was hired in 1973 and worked at the jail, then moved to patrol and later worked in narcotics. Montgomery also served as an investigator and chief deputy. The 68-year-old worked under four different sheriffs.
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy says he and Harry Montgomery were best friends.
“Harry was just a great guy; he was a friend of mine and a co-worker, just a good guy, and I actually
grew up down the street from him…Harry was honestly like a brother to me”.
Larry Montgomery says his brother lost control of his motorcycle last Thursday after he suffered a stroke. Montgomery and some others were on a motorcycle ride in Tennessee when the crash happened. He died Saturday at an area hospital.
“Just remember what kind of person he was, there was not a more honest, caring person. He really cared about people”.
Sheriff Abernathy says he will miss his friend. He is remembering the good times to help give him comfort.
“He loved the sheriff’s office more than anyone I’ve ever known. Harry was just a fun guy and always fun to be around. You were going to have a good time; he was a prankster. I can’t tell you how many pranks he pulled on me personally.”
Viewing and visitation for Harry Montogomery are from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home in Northport. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday.