Our Sincere Sympathy

James Allen Montgomery
March 26, 1941 - April 14, 2016

A Moss Graduate

    Funeral 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 Baptist Church.
   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 Morrow.
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville