Jerry Wayne Goode

Jerry Wayne Goode, 70, passed away March 10, 2021, at Southwest Hospital in McComb. Services for Mr. Goode were held March 19 at Pearl River Baptist Church in Monticello, with Rev. Amos Bridges officiating. Interment was in the Pearl River Valley Church Cemetery, with Laird Mortuary handling arrangements.
Mr. Goode was born to James and Essie (Bridges) Goode and was the eighth of 11 children born to his parents. He was a member of Pearl River Valley Baptist Church. Mr. Goode was also a man of integrity and an avid civil rights activist. He fought for the rights and justice for people, especially the younger citizens of his community. Mr. Goode was also a business owner and served as alderman for the Town of Monticello. He was an NAACP board member, where he was awarded the lifetime achievement award.
Mr. Goode attended grade school in Monticello and was a 1968 graduate of McCullough High School. He graduated in the top ten of his 1972 graduating class of Jackson State University, where he earned a degree in social studies. He enlisted in United States Marine Corp and was awarded the National Defense Service Metal, Rifle Marksmanship Badge, and the Pistol Expert Badge.
Mr. Goode was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Elizebeth (Oz) Smith, Mae Retha Goode, Arthalia (I.B.) Henry, Jay Eva Smith (R.C.) McDuffey, and Marilyn Barnes.
Mr. Goode is survived by his three children, Bianca (BJ) Goode, Amber Goode, and Ethan Mikell; devoted companion, Marjorie Hilliard; siblings, James Goode, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Gloria (William) Randle, Ethel Goode, all of Rialto, Calif.; Orlando (Essie) Goode, of Hattiesburg; Kenneth (Dorthy) Goode, of Jayess; stepchildren, Felicia Daughtry, Travis Hilliard, Kayla Fortenberry; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.