Monty DuPuy, 85 - Greenville

Monty DuPuy, husband of Miriam Evans DuPuy, died peacefully at the Woodlands at Furman on December 6, 2014.

Son of the late Edward Lorraine and Tenny Mae Bishop DuPuy, he was born on July 24, 1929 in Tampa, Florida and grew up in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He graduated from the Ben Lippen School and attended Asheville-Biltmore College (now UNC-A).

In a broadcasting career that spanned over forty years, Monty got his introduction to radio in Atlanta, GA, and then worked at radio stations in Asheville, NC. In 1949, he and Miriam moved to Greenville, SC where he became an on-air announcer at WFBC radio and subsequently WFBC-TV, later WYFF-TV. He was best known in television as the weather anchor and as the host of the live daily children's show, Monty's Rascals, along with Stowe Hoyle as Mr. Doohickey.

During the 1960's and 1970's, he was the morning radio voice of the Upstate. He was the the host of "Monty in the Morning" on WFBC before leaving in 1977 to pursue station ownership of WGXL-FM with his partner, Gene Phillips. In 1980 the station was sold, and the new owners renamed it WSSL. He then formed the multimedia production company, Sound Editions, producing commercials and videos.

In 2002 he received the Masters Award from the South Carolina Broadcaster's Association in recognition of outstanding lifetime achievements in broadcasting.

Despite a busy work schedule, Monty always found time to give back to the community. His special passions were the Salvation Army, the Kroc Center, and Meals on Wheels. He and his wife Miriam delivered meals for Meals on Wheels for over 37 years. In 2007 they were recognized as South Carolina Governor's Volunteer Family of the Year, and they were runners up for 2010 National Volunteer of the Year Award. Monty was actively involved in his church, Travelers Rest United Methodist Church. A gifted teacher, he taught Sunday school classes for over 50 years.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by daughters Margot Stewart (Jim) of Greer, Mary DuPuy Jennings of Simpsonville, and Melissa DuPuy of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Matthew Jennings, Elizabeth Howerton, and Mary Glen Double of Greenville, Kate Williams (Matt) of New Orleans, LA, and Austin Jennings of Brooklyn, NY; step-granddaughters Catherine Haskell (Matt), and Marge Connor (Jim) of Greenville; and great grandchildren, Thomas Double, Rivers Haskell Dorton, Gram Haskell, and Olivia Connor.

The family wishes to thank the memory support staff of the Arboretum at the Woodlands for their kind and gentle care of someone we loved so much and to Regency Hospice for their special care at the end of his journey.

A celebration of Monty's life will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Travelers Rest United Methodist Church, 19 South Main Street, Travelers Rest, SC. The family will receive friends after the service.

The family asks that instead of flowers, memorials be to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon Street, Greenville, SC, 29605; or to the Salvation Army Christmas Fund, 417 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC 29609.