Long-time West Montgomery teacher and football coach James Garmon has died. Garmon taught history at the high school, and is remembered for his successful coaching of scores of young football players during the 1970s and 80s, when the team was seen as a dominate force in the Central Tar Heel 2A Conference.
Broadcaster John Inman told the Montgomery Herald in 2009 that “Garmon really knew how to study film of the opposing teams and pick out their weakness”. The football wins were sometimes remarkable, but Inman said “The thing (that) impressed (him) most about Coach Garmon is that his players respected him and they still do”.
James Garmon died yesterday at Duke Home Health and Hospice in Hillsborough following a period of declining health. As of this morning, funeral arrangements were incomplete at Pugh-Troy Funeral Home.