Tuesday, April 28

Obituary : Bishop Curtis E. Montgomery Tacoma pastor dies at 82

The portrait, shot by a News Tribune photographer in 1999, shows four Tacoma African-American church patriarchs — four pastors who had shepherded their Hilltop churches for more than 40 years each at the time.
By the next year, one of the pastors, the Rev. Earnest L. Brazill, was dead. Two others, the Rev. Joseph A. Boles and Bishop Thomas L. Westbrook, died in the fall of 2013.
Now the fourth pastor shown in that photograph, Bishop Curtis E. Montgomery, is gone. And with his passing, an era has officially closed.
“He was the last of what I call the legacy,” said the Rev. Prentis Johnson, who became pastor of Greater Christ Temple Church when Montgomery retired seven years ago. “Tacoma, and especially the Hilltop, is in a better place because of them.”
Montgomery, who guided his congregation through the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and the gang and drug warfare of the 1980s, died Tuesday morning after a brief illness, according to son John Montgomery. He was 82.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/28/4265538/long-time-tacoma-black-pastor.html#storylink=cpy

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