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Goode Montgomery, Sr.
October 7, 1877 - September 30, 1940

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GOODE MONTGOMERY, SR.  (Son of Thomas 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.

Goode Graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1903 with a B. A.  [See letter 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.

Children of Goode Montgomery and Nora Herrington

  1. 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.

  2. PAUL MONTGOMERY, SR., b. November 19, 1907, Laurel, Jones Co., Mississippi; d. April 1967, Natchez, Adams Co., Mississippi; m. RUTH ELEANOR RUSSUM.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.



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