History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Darryl Keith Bentley, 4th Generation Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Georgia purchased the old Lofton McDougald Funeral Home located at 133 Railroad Street, Butler, Georgia.  He started Bentley-Montford Mortuary, LLC in 2006.

Montford is a tribute to his first wife Benita Montford Bentley. Benita passed away suddenly in 2002 and left Darryl to raise 3 children as a single father.

In 2009, Darryl joined in holy matrimony to Patty.  Patty worked alongside her husband building the business. 


On May 3, 2018, Darryl was involved in a single-car accident that left him paralyzed.  

He spent several months at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.  After returning home from the hospital, Darryl and Patty

Bentley continued to operate the business as a husband and wife team.


On June 7, 2021, Darryl passed away one day after his 12th wedding anniversary with Patty.

God in his infinite wisdom, called the soul of our beloved husband, father, son, brother and uncle to glory.

Patty has stepped out on faith and trusting God to keep Darryl's legacy strong in the funeral industry.  She is working to take the business to another level.

Our History

Our Staff

Bentley-Montford Mortuary:  Our staff will provide professional and compassionate services to all families in a stress-free environment.

We are committed to tradition. We stand for professionalism, considerate discretion and personal support. We respect both the wishes of the deceased and the bereaved and therefore address every concern as individually as possible.

Paying final respects to the deceased with dignity is just as important to us as offering support to the family and friends they have left behind. We will be there by your side in this difficult situation, to console you and give you the space you need to go through the process of grieving. We never lose sight of our role as an understanding companion to you during your time of mourning. You can turn to us for personal guidance. We will listen.

Our Valued Staff

  • Patty Bentley

    Patty Bentley, Owner

  • Earl Marshall Lockhart

    Earl Marshall Lockhart, Funeral Attendant

    Earl M. Lockhart is married to Patricia Grover-Lockhart. He is the father to three children: Craig (Terrie) Lockhart, Victoria Lockhart and Katina Lockhart. Three grandchildren: Danielle, Leah, and Isaiah Lockhart. Earl serves a Deacon at he Beulahland Baptist Church in Butler, Georgia where Rev. Alvin Turner serves as Pastor. He is a 1965 graduate of R.L. McDougald High School, South Georgia Technical College Air frame and Power-Plant license in 1972. He received as Associate Degree in Business Administration in 1979 from Crandall College.
    Earl served his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force serving faithfully from May 1966 to March 1970. He continues to serve his community by being the Past Master Butler Masonic Lodge #226, he is a board member for the Taylor County Development Authority, Notary Republic, member Blood Donor for the American Red Cross. He has donated 17 gallons over the course of several years. Earl encourages everyone to save a life by becoming a blood donor to the American Red Cross.