published Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Ex-Red Bank Mayor Monty Millard dies

Monty Nichols Millard, Red Bank's former mayor from 2011 to 2013, died Friday at age 62.

Millard, who served a total of 10 years on the Red Bank Board of Commissioners, first won a commission seat in 1996. When the term expired in 2000, Millard took time off to focus on work and family before returning to the board in a 2008 uncontested race. Millard lost his District 2 seat in the 2012 election to Rick Causer.

Millard, a founding member of the Red Bank Chamber of Commerce who served as its president three times, also served a term with the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority. He was a board member of the North River Civic Center for more than 10 years.

Millard was a retail and commercial banker for 37 years.

Millard graduated from the Baylor School in 1969 and earned a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before earning a graduate degree in retail bank management from the University of Virginia in 1982. He was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church.

Pallbearers include Red Bank Mayor John Roberts and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.

"He was somebody I enjoyed working with on a professional level," Coppinger said Saturday. "But I first came to know Monty 35 years ago when he and I actually played on a summer slow-pitch softball team together for a number of years.

"Monty was a real personable guy, and I would always consider him to be the adult in the room. He was always somebody who took what he did very seriously," Coppinger said.

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