Mrs. Rose Mary Montgomery, age 81, passed away peacefully at the Lackey Convalescent Home with her husband Charlie, and daughter, Charlene, in Forest, MS, August 23, 2017.
Visitation will be held, Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest, MS. from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Harperville Baptist Church from 9:30 am – 10:15 am.
Rev. Bobby McKay will officiate funeral services at the Harperville Baptist Church, in Harperville, Mississippi at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 26, 2017 with graveside service to follow under the direction of Ott & Lee Funeral Home.
Rose Mary was born to Alma Nancy Willis and Roy Edward King in Oak Grove, LA, on May 14, 1936. She married Charlie Johnson Montgomery, Jr., December 10, 1955 in Port Gibson, MS after she graduated from high school.
She traveled with her husband and children during their twenty years in the Air Force living in the territory of Guam and seven states. Their life together was one of commitment, love, and devotion to one another for sixty-one years. Often her husband’s military service took him away on tours of duty during the Vietnam War, where she ”held down the fort” with a busy life caring for four children.
Rose Mary was a devoted Christian, serving in every church her family joined in their travels, teaching Sunday School, participating in the Women’s Missionary Union, visiting prospects, and leading a Good News Bible Club.
After retirement from the Air Force the family moved to Harperville, Mississippi. Rose Mary worked at the Scott County Times in advertising and retired from the Scott County Baptist Association where she worked as a secretary. She was a member of the Harperville Baptist Church for over forty years, leading in the Baptist Women’s organizations, teaching Sunday School, and singing in the choir. She also served on several church committees.
She was an accomplished homemaker and seamstress, sewing nearly everything the family wore, even taking a tailoring course to make her husband a suit.
As a devoted mother she taught her children how to work hard and to play hard, but most importantly introduced them to Jesus, a cherished legacy for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and generations to come.
Rose Mary is preceded in death by her mother, Alma Nancy Willis, father, Roy Edward King, brother, Thomas Edward King, and granddaughter Adelynn Nicole Reed.
Survivors include her husband, Charlie Johnson Montgomery, Jr.; two daughters, Melyne Rose Luckett, husband Steve of Atlanta, GA, and Charlene Kinette Odom, of Forest, MS; two sons, John Charles Montgomery of Jackson, MS and Stephen Thomas Montgomery, wife, Felicia, of Memphis, TN. She is also survived by her brother, Byron Carr of New Orleans, LA, and her sister, Ximena Scott, husband, Harold, of Monroe, LA, and three nieces Jessica Carr, Elizabeth Carr, Lindsey Copeland, husband, Chad and a great niece, Layne, and great nephew, Cody. Rose Mary is also survived by ten grandchildren living in MS, GA, TN, FL, NC, TX, and CA; Andrea (Michael) Reed, Brant Odom, Ryan (Lindsey) Odom, Nicole (Evelyn) Odom, Daniel (Anna) Luckett, Stephanie (Daniel) Taylor, Matthew Luckett, Breanne Montgomery, Justin (Lauren) Montgomery, and Brandon Montgomery. Eight great children also survive her; Lila Reed, Vada Reed, Livia Reed, Vianna Reed, Ava Grace Montgomery, Tucker Luckett, Brant Odom, and Gracie Montgomery. She also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, and a host of cousins.
Serving as pallbearers are her grandsons, Brant and Ryan Odom, Daniel and Matthew Luckett, Justin and Brandon Montgomery.
A special thank you and appreciation to the nursing staff of Sta-Home and the Lackey Convalescent Home as they lovingly cared for Rose Mary during the most difficult of times.
Memorial donations may be made the Harperville Memorial Park, c/o Letha Brantley, 11470 Hwy. 35 N, Forest, MS 39074.