James Edward Goode Sr.
Funeral services were held Aug. 14, 2021, at Pearl River Valley Baptist Church, Monticello, for James Edward Goode Sr., 86, who died Aug. 1 at his residence. Rev. Micheal Graves, pastor, officiated, with interment following in the church cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Mr. Goode, better known as “Stick,” was born to the late James and Essie Bridges Goode. He attended school in Lawrence County and later joined the Marines. He served in Korea. He married Bettye Jo Sutton and to this union, three children were added.
Mr. Goode moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he became the first black highway patrolman in Arizona. He also owned and operated a record shop and recording studio. He was a lifelong member, bar manager, and finance officer of the American Veterans (AMVETS) Post #5, where he helped raised money to create scholarships for high school students and provide food and other essentials to families in need.
He was preceded in death by five sisters, Elizabeth Smith, Arthalia Henry, Jearlean McDuffey, Mae Retha Goode, and Marilyn Goode-Barnes; and one brother, Jerry Wayne Goode.
He is survived by one daughter, Cynthia Goode-Belland; sons, Eric L. (Stephan) Goode, James E. (Victoria) Goode Jr., David Brown, Bieko Goode, Daniel (Veronica) Bailey, and Patrick (Javida) Goode; four siblings, Gloria Randle, Jay Eva (Ethel) Smith, Orlanda (Essie) Goode, and Kenneth (Dorothy) Goode; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.