Montgomery ‘Monty’ Luther Smith, 64, of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX passed away surrounded by his family on July 30, 2022, after an 18-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Monty was born April 23, 1958, to Luther Terrell Smith and Normareen Buvens Smith in Port Arthur, TX and grew up in Groves, TX.
Monty was a graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School, class of 1976; Lamar University-Beaumont with a BS in Business in 1981; and University of Houston Law Center with a JD in 1984.
After law school, Monty joined a law firm in Port Arthur where he practiced both estate and real estate law. In 1989, he moved to Houston to work as corporate attorney for the Coastal Corporation specializing in real estate contracts. It was while at Coastal that he met and married the love of his life and three little boys were born soon after. He moved his family to Fair Oaks Ranch in 2003, where he continued his legal career with Valero as Managing Counsel.
Monty was the consumer entrepreneur all his life. In grade school, he capitalized on a demand for cinnamon toothpicks by making and selling them for profit, marking the beginning of numerous business endeavors. He always had at least one business idea running and recruited family to help with them. He mowed yards, had a paper route, cleared lots, performed as a clown at childrens’ parties, and even ran his own ice cream stand with a juke box at the lake (although he always claimed that his siblings consumed all the profits-a claim they still deny to this day). He worked hard but also played hard. He became a certified scuba diver, fished, traveled, and biked the MS150 from Houston to Austin. Monty was active for years on the BYAA Board, and generously gave his time coaching and helping out with many baseball, basketball and football teams. Monty served on the Sam’s Kids Student Foundation Board for more than a decade. He saw an opportunity to benefit his community by acting as a corporate sponsor through Valero for Sam’s Kids, a charity that benefits at-risk students in Boerne ISD. Monty was not talkative or outspoken, but a calm contemplative thinker who always looked for the most positive outcome for all concerned.
Monty was devoted to his family and survived by his wife of 25 years, Sherri Kilcrease Smith and three sons: Montgomery James Smith, Mason Luther Smith, and Marshal Bridges Smith. The void his passing has created is unfathomable. His dry wit, heartfelt advice and guidance, kindness, protection, and ultimate love will live on forever in our hearts.
Many friends will miss him greatly, but none more so than life-long friends Gary Boudoin and Nick and Debbie Kritikos.
Monty is also survived by two brothers and three sisters who will greatly miss their brilliant, mischievous, loving and kind middle brother: Terrell ‘Terry’ Buvens Smith, and wife Peggy of Meadowlakes, TX, Dr. Norma ‘Cissy’ Smith-Tyler, and husband Revis, of Boerne, TX, Marioreen ‘Mario’ Smith Gibson, and husband Mike, of Beaumont TX, Darlijo ‘Darla’ Vanna Smith of Nederland, TX, and Seth Orman Smith and husband Frank Reilly of Granite Shoals, TX. Monty was brother-in-law to Sherri’s sister, step-sisters, and three brothers: Karen Pruitt and husband Tom of Las Cruces, NM, Jim Kilcrease of Las Cruces, NM, Tom Kilcrease of Las Cruces, NM., Debbie Widger and husband Chuck of Las Cruces, NM, Harold Glenn Kilcrease of Maxwell, IA, and Sandra Brandon and husband Allen of Little Rock, AR. He is survived by his nieces and nephews: Andrea Smith, Stephen Smith, Hamilton Day Tyler and wife Samantha, Florence O’Hanlon Tyler, Dr. Micah Montgomery Gibson and wife Sarah, Mariel Gibson Beckenbach and husband Eric, Russell Allen and wife Allison Grinter Allen, Dr. James Kilcrease, Jessica Harvey and husband Jason, and children Elijah and Megan, and Cedar Skye Kilcrease.
His heavenly welcoming committee is sure to include: Norma Montgomery Buvens, Luther and Normareen Smith, Della Jean Kilcrease, James G. Kilcrease, and Yvonne Kilcrease.
The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful, loving staff at Sodalis Stone Oak as well as LoneStar Visiting Physicians for their exemplary level of care these last several years.
A visitation for family and friends will take place Friday, August 12, from 5pm-7pm at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home’s new location: 1265 N. Main St. in Boerne, TX. Funeral service will be 10am Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home in Boerne, TX.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sam’s Kids at 235 Johns Rd, Boerne, TX 78006. To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Monty’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.
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Published by Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home on Aug. 4, 2022.