Hattiesburg residents remember Frank D. Montague Jr.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Montague family

Frank D. Montague, Jr. passed away December 22, 2013, peacefully and surrounded by family.  Montague was born in Hattiesburg August 26, 1925, graduating as an honor student from Hattiesburg High School.  He obtained his LL.B. in 1950 and then a B.S. degree in civil engineering in 1951, both from the University of Mississippi.  While at Ole Miss, Montague served as president of the student body.   He was a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers Award of Merit as Outstanding Senior Engineering Student and was placed in the University of Mississippi Student Hall of Fame.

Montague was a partner at Montague, Pittman & Varnado in Hattiesburg, where he was president until 2001. He authored numerous legal publications and taught Journalism Law for a period at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a 2012 Inductee into the University of Mississippi Law School Hall of Fame, was a former president of the Mississippi Bar Association, was founding president of the South Central Mississippi Bar Association, and Chairman of the Ole Miss Law School's Lamar Order, among other positions.  Montague was also the city judge of Hattiesburg from 1956-60 and the city attorney from 1965-74.

In 1977, he was selected as the Ole Miss Law Alumnus of the Year. He was also the first recipient of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented the Mississippi Bar Foundation's Professionalism Award and is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  For 25 consecutive years, he was included in "The Best Lawyers in America."

Montague was also a dedicated member of the community, serving as president of the Hattiesburg Kiwanis Club, executive board member of the Area Development Partnership, trustee of Belhaven College and trustee of the Presbytery of South Mississippi. He was extremely involved at all levels with Boy Scouts of America, March of Dimes and American Red Cross.

A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, Montague was married for over 64 years to Mary Dixon Montague, until her death February 10, 2013.  He is survived by his three sons, F. Douglas Montague III (wife – Becky), H. Dixon Montague (Suzanne) and Brian A. Montague (Leigh Ann), all of whom are practicing attorneys, and by five adored grandchildren.

The Montague family extends its profound gratitude to Doctors Bob Brahan, Joe Phillips, Scott Guidry, Richard Clark, and Lisa Bushhardt and, most particularly, to the nurses of Forrest General Hospital's Seventh Floor North Wing for their compassion, skill, patience, and comfort.  In lieu of flowers, the Montague Family requests donations to either or both of the following:

"Frank D. Montague, Jr. Professorship of Legal Studies and Professionalism Endowment" at the University of Mississippi Law School, University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677-0249 or Westminster Presbyterian Church Re-Building Fund, 115 N. 25th Ave. Hattiesburg, MS 39401