Floreada Bernice Montgomery Harmon was born July 17, 1932, in Birmingham, Alabama, the youngest of two children blessed to William Frank and Annie Mae Montgomery. Her brother Roland Montgomery and sister Mildred Stephens from a previous marriage preceded her in death. In a family where education was highly valued, she earned her bachelor's degree at Tougaloo College and her master's degree at Louisiana State University. She was a Pearl Street AME Church member for many years and throughout her life, an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She married George Allen Harmon, who departed this life in June 2012. They established their home in Jackson, Mississippi, and to this union of sixty-one years, three beautiful children were born: Jacquelin Diane, William Zachary, and George Anthony.
Floreada was a devoted wife to her husband and a fierce mama bear and protector of her children. She was one of the youngest moms in the neighborhood, and her engaging personality also nurtured her children's friends, who consequently loved to be around her. She always told you the truth even if it wasn't what you wanted to hear. You always knew where you stood with her. Her words of encouragement, wisdom, and sometimes comfort kept us in line, taught us the "school of hard knocks," and gave her family something to pass down to their children and grandchildren. As proud as she was of her children, Floreada was equally so of her grandsons. She encouraged their dreams and celebrated their accomplishments as she did her children.
Floreada was there for every celebration and any challenge in her children's lives. She encouraged their dreams, talents, and aspirations her whole life. She was the cheerleader for Zachary's blues shows, Diane's art exhibits, and Anthony's journey through Xavier University School of Pharmacy.
She was a career mom whose work suited her "giving" heart. After a distinguished career at Jackson State College, she became the first African American librarian at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she served as a research librarian. She and a colleague were responsible for Millsaps' successful library accreditation. She was also influential in chartering Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. on the Millsaps College campus. Upon her retirement from Millsaps, she was awarded the title of Honorary Professor Emeritus. Even after retirement, many Millsaps students kept in contact with her because of the support she provided them when they were students.
Floreada's personality was larger than life. She had a gaze that would pull you and a smile that would hold you there. In retirement, if she wasn't at the Drug store with Doc Harmon, she'd make impromptu visits to the Indian Reservation to play the slot machines and enjoy the company of the other gamers. Never meeting a stranger, she made friends everywhere she went. She loved to talk, and she loved to listen. She had the ability to make people feel comfortable and their stories important.
She was the strongest woman you would ever meet. She wasn't afraid of anyone or anything. She was a force of life who had the strength of an ox, the roar of a lion, and the heart of a lamb. Her spirit will forever be carried in our hearts.
Floreada Harmon passed May 6, 2021. She is survived by her children: Jacquelin Diane (James Michael) Stewart, William Zachary (Patricia) Harmon, and George Anthony (Tracey) Harmon; 4 grandsons: Jason, Michael, Matthew, and George; and her adopted granddaughter, Brandi-Tyler; 5 great-grandchildren: Jaquan, Jason Jr., Taneyah, Tyler, and Tori; as well as a host of loving relatives and friends.
There will be a wake on Friday 05/14/2021 from 6-7 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home Chapel
A Graveside service will be held Saturday 05/15/2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Autumn Woods Cemetery loctated on 4000 W. Northside Drive
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mrs. Floreada Bernice (Montgomery) Harmon, please visit our floral store.