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James “Pud” Montgomery, 56, of Jacksonville died, Friday January 8, 2021 at his home. He was born May 18, 1964 in Beardstown. The son of the late James and Hattie Ragland Montgomery.

Pud is survived by several nieces and nephews; one special niece, Misty (Travis) Sanders-Matthews of Jacksonville; a special nephew, Jameal Burress of Jacksovnille; and a brother, Ed Stephenson of Bluffs. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Aaron Stephenson; and four siblings, Richard “Dick” Stephenson, Charles Montgomery, Delbert Stephenson, and Rixie Stephenson.

Pud was a cook at Long John Silvers. He enjoyed spending time with his nephew playing games and fishing. Pud had a one of a kind sense on humor and would do anything to help someone in need.

Private services will be held. Memorials are suggested to the family. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is assisting the family at this time. Condolences may be left online at

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