James Edward Goode Sr. 

Published 4:29 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at Pearl River Valley Baptist Church in Monticello for Mr. James Edward Goode Sr, 86, who died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, at his residence.  Rev. Micheal Graves officiated with interment following in the church cemetery.  Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. James 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 this union three children were added. 

Mr. Goode moved to Phoenix, Arizona 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. 

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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.