As many Romans know, Sonny was an avid golfer and a friend to his contemporary golfers. He was a man who believed in helping people - without ever asking about “paybacks.”
I can truthfully say this because he helped me and my brother, Dr. Robert Montgomery. For many years, I worked in the snack bar at Coosa Country Club, but I soon became Sonny’s regular caddy at Coosa Country Club. My brother continued to manage the snack bar. In my capacity as a caddy for him, I soon learned that he was not just interested in us as employees but he also encouraged us to excel academically in high school and college.
I truly believe that we made him proud of us. Aside from the academic aspects, he taught us the fundamentals of playing golf — including proper decorum on the golf course. He even allowed me to use his personal set of clubs, but he required me to try to win caddy tournaments in return. I certainly did not disappoint him.
Also, he personally loaned me money so that I could attend my first prom at Main High School. He never mentioned repayment.
I could see clearly that he instilled this same caring attitude in his children. To them, I wish to say that my brother and I share in your sorrow.