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Obituaries July 26


Arthur “Art” Boyett Hagler, 90, died July 19, 2012 in Memphis. Art was born on Dec. 5, 1921 in Buena Vista, Ga. He graduated from Marion County High School in 1940 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He became a Naval Aviator as an enlisted pilot, flying in the Pacific in World War II on several carriers. Art was shot down twice, the first time being rescued by a U.S. Submarine and the second time he was captured by the Japanese and spent 18 months as a POW. After the war he continued his Navy Career, serving in the VP Squadron and retired in 1960 as a Senior Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic (AMCS/E-8). In the early 1960’s he founded Hagler Aero Service and he was instrumental in developing Charles W. Baker Airport into a thriving aviation center. Art retired from the airport operations in 1988, but continued to be active in aviation, flying his last solo flight at the age of 85 and his last flight as a co-pilot as recently as last year. After retirement he continued to work as an FAA airframe and engine inspector well into his mid 80’s. Art was active in civic organizations and was a 32nd degree Mason with the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., U.S.A., and a member of the Raleigh Lodge No. 770. He was also an active member of the Shriners and was active in the Shriners Scottish Rite Burn Center, often flying patients in and out of the area for care. He was active in forming the original Memphis Bell Restoration Project and an active supporter of both University of Tennessee and Memphis State Football programs.

Arthur is survived by his Nephews: Dr. James R. (Kay) Hagler, Richard C. (Tasca) Hagler and Charles (Sally) Hagler, Niece: Ann Hagler, Grand-Nephews: James R. (Amy) Hagler Jr. & Carlton Hagler, Grand-Nieces: Jennifer (Howard) Brandon, Devan Hagler and Merideth H. (Adam) Bryan, Great-Nephew: J. Raleigh Hagler III, Great-Niece: Sydney Rose Sandoval, Special friend and companion: Janelle Barganier and her grandson Toma Gunton, and Special Friends: Lynne Choate, Glyn Graves and Ed Meier. A Masonic service was held July 21 at Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home in Millington. A Celebration of Life Service with full Military Honors was held July 22 at the funeral home. Interment was in Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery in Millington. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Methodist North Hospital for the wonderful care they provided for Art in his final days. Online condolences may be left for the family at Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home has been entrusted with the services.





Paul E. Mallory, 79, died at Methodist Hospital North on Sunday, July 15, 2012. Paul was born in Pontocola Community near Shannon, Miss. The Son of Charlton and Laurine Mallory, he was a graduate of Shannon High School, received a football scholarship from Bethel College, attended Itawamba Junior College where he played football and attended The University of Tennessee. He married Pauline on July 27, 1952 and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month. Paul served in the United States Army in the Chemical Intelligence Attachment during the Korean War and was honorably discharged from Fort McClellan in Alabama . Before his service to his country, he located to Memphis and worked for Orgill Brothers. After serving, he worked for The Dupont Company, The Atlas Construction Company and the Army Corp. of Engineers where he developed his love for construction. He established his own company, Dixieland Contractors, in 1957. In 1962, he obtained his Tennessee Contractors License where he began long business endeavors with The city of Memphis, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the US Naval Station in Millington, and many other mid-south cities. Paul served as President of the Associated General Contractors.  He enjoyed keeping honey bees and was the past President of the Memphis Area and the Tennessee State Beekeepers Associations. He enjoyed attending bee conventions in various states and spoke to numerous children in classrooms using his honey bee observation hives. Paul was the father of four children: Rodney (Judith), Rita (Greg), Richard (Dawn) and Randy (Donna).  He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church, formerly Ardmore Baptist Church, where he attended faithfully and was an active deacon. Paul chaired numerous committees and was a Sunday School Teacher most of his adult life. Even at the time of his death, he was teaching the Adult 5 class. Paul and Pauline participated in many mission trips to Applachian Outreach Ministry in Jefferson City, TN and other states. He was a beloved coach of numerous sports including football, baseball, softball and basketball and was the first head football coach of Frayser Baptist High School. Paul also coached at Corning Elementary, Ardmore Baptist Church and in the Frayser Recreation Association. He is survived by 10 grandchildren,  Jesse (Meghann), Matthew (Susanne), Jordan (Lindy), Nic, Paul J., Ben, Forrest, Macy, Rivers, Lily, one great-grand daughter, Ella, two step-great grand children, Ally and Mike, one brother, Don (Linda), sisters Joyce (Charles) and Carol. Paul was preceded in death by Charlton and Laurine Mallory, young brother, Thomas Lynn Mallory and daughter Rita Gayle Myers whom he adored and with whom he is united. The family received visitors at Forest Hill East on Whitten Road July 17, with the funeral services and burial held on Wednesday, July 18, also at Forest Hill. The family requests that any memorials be made to Crossroads Baptist Church, 6001 Austin Peay Highway, Arlington, TN 38002.



Kenneth Ward Montgomery, 80, of Millington, passed away July 16, 2012. Mr. Montgomery was retired from the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Postal service. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dora Montgomery; daughter, Tina Montgomery of Buchanan; son, Gary Montgomery of Atoka; and grandson. Evan Montgomery. Visitation was held Thursday, July 19, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Millington Chapel followed by a graveside service with military honors at Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery.

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