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John Overby Montgomery

December 28, 1969 — February 17, 2024


John Overby Montgomery, a devoted family man, respected general contractor, and beloved

member of the Franklin, TN community, passed away on February 17, 2024 at the age of 54.

Born on December 28, 1969, in Birmingham, AL, to Tina (Rowe) and Tony Montgomery, John

was a beacon of love, kindness, and generosity for his entire life.

John’s early life in Brookhaven, MS and Meridian, MS, alongside his sister, Michele (Brandon)

Ketcham, was filled with the youthful joys, experiences, and lessons that defined who he

became as a man. It was also during this time that he developed his love for the greater Ole

Miss community and made him a life long, die-hard fan of Ole Miss football. This seminal time

in his life fostered what became a framework for his lifelong passion for God, family, and

friends. John graduated from Meridian High School in 1988 and continued pursuing his love of

friends and family at Ole Miss, graduating with a degree in history. While at Ole Miss he was an

active member of Sigma Chi fraternity where he developed many lifelong friendships.

In 1999, John married the love of his life, Margaret Ann Ferris, in a beautiful ceremony at Saint

Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson, MS. Together, they built a life filled with love, laughter, and the

joy of raising their three children, Mims, Cole, and Penn. John’s life continued to be defined by

time spent with family, creating joy, and making memories. These times were spent going on

annual family skiing trips, creating cherished memories fly fishing with his wife and children,

playing golf with his dearest friends, attending Ole Miss football games, and celebrating life’s

triumphant moments. The common denominator for all of this was his love for his family and

friends shared selflessly throughout his life.

John’s hobbies were a reflection of his multifaceted personality. He was a passionate fly

fisherman who spent time with his family in the rich waters of the American West and

Patagonia. As an avid student of the game of golf, John fostered his already deep friendships

with an array of people that spanned the country and the world. His hearty laugh was

infectious, his Thanksgiving fried turkey was legendary, and his ability to imbue his children

with the more magnanimous aspects of living was unparalleled. He left an indelible mark on

the community that will be felt for generations to come. John’s legacy is carried on by his

loving wife Margaret Ann; his children, Mims, Cole, and Penn; and his sister Michele.

John Overby Montgomery will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His spirit, characterized

by generosity, warmth, and a genuine love for life, will continue to live on in the hearts of his

family, friends, and all the lives he touched.

A service to honor the life and legacy of John Overby Montgomery will be held on February 23,

2024 at Saint George’s Episcopal Church located at 4715 Harding Pike Nashville, TN 37205.

Visitation will begin at 12:00 pm with the memorial service starting at 1:30 p.m. John’s ashes

will ultimately be spread by his family over the glorious wilderness and mountains of Sun Valley,

ID; Deer Valley, UT; French Creek, WY; Green River, UT; his family farm in Bruce, MS; The Grove

in Oxford, MS; and his home in Franklin, TN.

Serving as ushers are Doug Ferris, David Ferris, Brandon Ketcham, Hart Weatherford, John

Green, Tony Gaines, John Farese, Trey Kamman, David Hardwick, Ray Kash, Pat Pickens, and

Doug Julian.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either of the following:

The University of Mississippi Foundation at 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655

The John Montgomery “Campership”—a scholarship for boys who might not otherwise be able

to experience Alpine Camp at PO Box 297, Mentone, AL 35984

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of John Overby Montgomery, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, February 23, 2024

12:30 - 1:30 pm (Central time)

St. George's Episcopal Church

4715 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

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Memorial Service

Friday, February 23, 2024

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

St. George's Episcopal Church

4715 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

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