October 7, 1877 - September 30, 1940
MONTGOMERY, SR. (Son of
Evans Montgomery and Frances Cornelia McClesky) was
born October 07, 1877 on a farm in Pontotoc, Pontotoc Co., Mississippi, and died
September 30, 1940 in Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia. He married Nora Vilula Herrington on December 25, 1905.
Nora was the daughter of Jefferson
Thomas Herrington and Seleta Bynum.
She was born January 28, 1878 in Ellisville, Jones Co., Mississippi, and
died April 04, 1960 in Laurel, Jones Co., Mississippi.
Graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1903 with a B. A. [See
of recommendation from professor Riley]] He subsequently pursued
graduate studies in History and Economics from the same institution. In
1904 his essay, "Alleged Secession of Jones County," appeared in the Publications
of The Mississippi Historical Society [view
text here] examining the legends surrounding the secession of Jones County,
Mississippi from the Confederacy during the Civil War. He served as school
teacher in Ellisville, Mississippi, Mayor of Laurel, and Attorney. At the
time of his death in 1940 he was US Title Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.
History of Mississippi: The Heart of the South, vol. IV (1925) 633-634
Possessing all the requisite qualities of the able lawyer, Goode Montgomery is
numbered among the talented members of the Jones county bar and for seventeen
years has successfully followed his profession in Laurel, of which he is an
ex-mayor. He is one of Mississippi's loyal sons and was born in Pontotoc
county, October 7, 1877. His parents were Thomas Evans and Fannie (McClesky)
Montgomery, the latter of whom was born in Alabama and died in 1898. The
father was a native of Mississippi and devoted his life to agricultural
pursuits, passing away in 1892. He was a son of Hugh Montgomery and
grandson of Robert Montgomery, who was born on the Atlantic ocean while his
parents were on a vessel bound for America. They settled in the Carolinas
and his father, Hugh Montgomery, was one of hte early surveyors of the south.
He spent his last years in Monroe county, Mississippi, and at the time of his
death was engaged in government work.
After his graduation from the Pontotoc high school Goode Montgomery enrolled as
a student in the University of Mississippi, from which he received the degree of
Bachelor of Arts in 1903, and three years later his Alma Mater conferred upon
him the Masters degree. For a time he engaged in educational work,
teaching in the rural schools of Pontotoc county and also in the public schools
of Ellisville and Hazelhurst, Mississippi. In 1907 he began the practice
of his profession in Laurel and experience has ripened his ability, bringing him
a wide knowledge of statute and precedent, which he correctly applies as an
attorney and counselor. Mr. Montgomery was called to public office in
1911, serving as police justice in Laurel for two years, and during 1919 and
1920 he was mayor of the city, to which he gave a most progressive
administration. He secured many needed improvements for the municipality,
changing the water-power from steam to electric, and he never placed personal
aggrandizement before the general good.
In Ellisville, Mississippi, on December 25, 1905, Mr. Montgomery was married to
Miss Nora Herrington, a native of Jones county and a daughter of J. T. and
Celeta (Bynum) Herrington, both of whom were born in this county. For a
number of years her father was clerk of the circuit court but is now living
retired. The mother passed away in 1917. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery
have become the parents of five sons: Holt, who was born in 1906 and is a
student in Mississippi College; Paul, born in 1907 and also a high school
student; Goode Jr., who was born in 1909; Jeff, born in 1911; and James Bowen,
who was born in 1918.
Mr. Montgomery was a member of the Mississippi National Guard in 1905 and 1906
and is a director of the Laurel Chamber of Commerce, of which he has been
president. He is a master Mason and also belongs to the Woodmen of the
World. The teachings of the First Baptist Church guide him in the varied
relations of life and his political support is given to the democratic party.
Mr. Montgomery is a citizen of worth, and honors his profession by the solid
virtues and enlightened principles underlying the law.
of Goode Montgomery and Nora Herrington
FRANCIS HOLT MONTGOMERY,
b. November 04, 1906, Hazelhurst, Copiah Co.,
Mississippi; d. October 21, 1951; m. MARY ADELE BLOUNT, 1935; b. January 26,
1906; d. September 06, 1979.
PAUL MONTGOMERY, SR., b. November 19, 1907, Laurel, Jones Co.,
Mississippi; d. April 1967, Natchez, Adams Co., Mississippi; m. RUTH ELEANOR
GOODE MONTGOMERY, JR.,
b. June 16, 1909, Laurel, Jones Co., Mississippi;
d. February 13, 1984, Laurel, Jones Co., Mississippi; m. (1) JUANITA ANNELLE
MORGAN, June 27, 1937; b. May 22, 1929; d. 1978; m. (2) ROBBIE LOWERY, 1980.
JEFFERSON THOMAS MONTGOMERY, b. June 29, 1911, Laurel, Jones Co.,
Mississippi; d. December 23, 1961, Laurel, Jones Co., Mississippi; m. (1) JEWELL
JOSEY WALTERS; m. (2) MARY RUTH QUIMBY.
JAMES BOWEN MONTGOMERY.