March 13, 1922 – January 3, 2019
Bernice Evelin Howell Montford, 96, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. DeWitt Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Gadsden County, FL with Walter Landrum, Fred Black, Ray Brock, Dick Ivey, Wallace Cato and Terry Hines serving as active pallbearers.
The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m., on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com
Mrs. Montford was born Recovery, GA to the late Willie P. and Annie Whigham Howell. She graduated from Faceville High School and attended Abraham Baldwin College. She worked as a LINK instructor for Southern Airways teaching instrument flying to new pilots until the base closed. She then worked as a cashier and stock clerk at Winn Dixie until she retired. After retirement, she went back to work part-time in the flower/plant section of Winn Dixie because she loved plants and missed her “customers”. She was a dedicated wife and mother and enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening and needlework.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Rentz of Bainbridge; her grandson, Garrett Rentz and his wife, Yvonne, of Mt. Juliet, TN; her great-granddaughters, Braden Rentz of Panama City, FL and Reagan Rentz of Mt. Juliet, TN; her sister, Virginia H. Parker of Virginia Beach, VA; and her brother, John Howell, of Greenville, FL. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Montford was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Wayne C. Montford; her infant son, Charles William Montford; her infant daughter, Mary Evelin Montford; her brothers, Willie Earl Howell and James Macklin Howell; and her sisters, Ann Howell Macy and Martha Howell Montford.