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Clarence Monroe

Clarence MonroeFuneral services for Clarence Monroe, age 100 of Mount Vernon, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Denton Missionary Baptist Church. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Denton Cemetery.


Mr. Monroe was born Aug. 12, 1912 in Franklin County the eldest of 12 children born to Wes Monroe and Mary Smith-Monroe. He attended Willow Grove school system in Mount Vernon. Early in life, he met and married Inez Rogers. They were united until she died in 1977. To this union three children were born, Frank Earl Monroe, Wilma Jean Monroe Wright, and Elvin Lewis Monroe. In 1996, he married Lula Mae Barrett and remained married until she died in 2003.
He was a member of the Denton Baptist Church. He served the Lord on many church boards and committeees. He was senior deacon of the church until he died. He retired from Cotton Belt Railroad System in 1975 at the age of 63. After his retirement he became self-employed as the care taker of Providence Cemetery until age 80. His life was spent working for his family, friends, and community. He lived by himself until he went into a local nursing home in 2006. At his death, he was the oldest black man in Franklin County.
He died July 11. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wilma Wright, a son, Frankie Earl Monroe, two sons-in-law, his parents, and two wives.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Elvin and Barbara Monroe of Franklin County; a son-in-law, Charles Wright of El Paso; two daughters, Terrie Monroe Carter of Commerce and Myrene Turner of Houston; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.