services for James Allen Montgomery were held April 14, 2016 at First
Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Holdenville Cemetery. Rev.
Dane Robinson and Rev. Darrell Brown were the officiating ministers.
James was born March 26, 1941 in Greasy Creek to Luther Allen and
Loy Melissa (Pangle) Montgomery and died April 9, 2016 at the age of 75.
He was brought up and attended schools in the Wetumka area and graduated
Moss High School with the class of 1959. He moved to California, where
he lived in the bay area and worked for several years in the shipyards,
before returning to Holdenville in 1968. James married Mary Compton in
Holdenville on April 17 1973, and they made their home in Holdenville,
where they’ve lived in the same house for 43 years.
James worked for many years as a police officer in various towns in
Oklahoma, including Moore, Stroud, Wewoka and Holdenville. In 1974, he
was injured in the line of duty. James enjoyed fishing, watching
Wheel of Fortune, Let’s Make a Deal and sports, including OU football
and Thunder basketball. He also was an avid gardener and enjoyed
spending time with family and loving on the family dog, JJ. He built and
managed the Montgomery Softball Field in Holdenville and coached
softball for both men and women. He loved sitting at the coffee shop and
visiting with friends. James was a member of the Holdenville First
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward
Montgomery and Ernest Montgomery and three sisters, Allie Lucky, Edna
Myers and Betty Harris.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary, of the home; his five
daughters, Anna Herring and husband Wayne of Lubbock, TX, Karri McCoy
and husband Jeffrey McCoy of Atwood, OK; Christie Claborn and husband
Travis of Norman, OK; Jeanette Cobb and husband Nicholas of Carson, WA
and Jamie Evans of Holdenville; 12 grandchildren; eight great
grandchildren; four sisters, Jewell Bernard of Pocolam OK, Ruth Gibbs of
Fort Smith, AR, Thola Owens of Bokoshe, OK. and Jean Benzel of Wapato,
WA; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers were Harley Epperley, Taylor Janes, Tom Janes, Travis
Claborn, Tim Williams and Bart Sheffield. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff
McCoy, Charlie Moore, Wayne Herring, Joe Rice, Bill Lumpkin and Tony
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville