A funeral service for Gillyard Percival Monroe, Jr., 86, of Elgin, will be held at 3:00 o’clock Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Union Baptist Church, 1177 Wildwood Lane, Elgin, with The Reverend Jerry B. Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Joe Hudson, Tommy Noland and The Men's Sunday School Class are invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 until 2:30 in the church gymnasium. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Gym Fund, P.O. Box 116, Elgin, SC 29045. Shives Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mr. Monroe died Thursday, February 2, 2012. Born in Pontiac, SC, on June 19, 1925, he was a son of the late Gillyard Percival Monroe, Sr. and Pearl Goff Monroe. He was a graduate of Dentsville High School and retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroad after 43 years of service. Mr. Monroe had been a member of Union Baptist Church for over 40 years, where he served as Deacon and kept up the church cemetery for many years. He loved his Lord, family, church family and friends. He was also a member of the Pontiac Masonic Lodge, Dentsville Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Jamil Temple Shriners.
Mr. Monroe and his late wife, Virginia, owned and operated Monroe Poultry Farm for 35 years. He loved working on the farm, which was very hard work, and earned him the nickname "The Man". By their side for many of those years was their nephew, Joe Hudson, whom G.P. and Virginia truly loved. In November 2008 G.P. and Virginia received the Conservation Achievement Award from the Richland County Conservation Commission for protecting valuable natural resources and rural landscapes in Richland N.E.
Mr. Monroe was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Virginia. He is survived by his daughters, Myra Monroe and Cynthia (Don) Stewart of Elgin; son, Gill (Brenda) Monroe of Lexington; sisters, Beulah Bowen of Elgin and Marian Brown of Columbia; brothers, Delano and John Monroe of Elgin; grandchildren, Denise (Linnie) Branham, Hank (Cate) Goff, Drew (Casey) Monroe, Ashley (Matt) Smith, Misty Burroughs, and Chelsea Greiner, as well as five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Monroe was preceded in death by his sisters, Beatrice Brown and Oneida Johnston.
Love and thanks to Dr. Frampton Henderson, Josie and staff; Dr. and Mrs. Ben Massey; Dr. Fred Kudrik, Carla and staff at SCOA; Dr. Charles Finley, Dr. and Mrs. William Stuck for all their years of medical care; Palmetto Health Hospice, Kim, June Marie, Harriett, and Sylvia; and caregivers, Donna, Ashlee, and Tina.
Love and thanks to all our family and friends for your prayers, calls, food and visits during Mr. Monroe’s illness.