James H. Monroe, PhD, lovingly known as Jimmy by his family and friends, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2023, at his residence. He was born on September 16, 1938, in Greenville, SC to James "JB" Monroe and Helen Timberlake Monroe.
Jimmy dedicated his life to education as a French professor at several universities and high schools. He was a highly respected figure in the academic community and touched the lives of many students. Those close to him described him as a great guy who was a lot of fun.
His contributions were not limited to the classroom. Jimmy served his country in the US Army for eight years, reaching the rank of captain while working with Intelligence. He was founder of The Drinking Liberals and was active with OLLI which focused on adult education. Further, he was a long-time IPTAY member and an avid supporter of Dabo's ALL IN Foundation.
Jimmy had many hobbies and interests but cycling stood out above all others. He was a triathlete who really loved cycling, traveling from Spartanburg to Clemson as well as the ride up Mt. Mitchell on his recumbent bike.
Jimmy's legacy will live through the memories he leaves behind with his family and friends. He is survived by Anita, his wife; Steve Monroe (son), Juliette Pettenger (daughter), Arthur Bradford (stepson), Judith Bradford (stepdaughter); two grandsons Foster and Michael Pettenger; one step-grandson James Bradford; William Monroe (brother) and Margaret Wagener (sister).
The visitation service to honor Jimmy's life will be held on June 15th from 6:00-7:30 PM at Duckett - Robinson Funeral Home located at 108 Cross Creek Road in Central, SC. Interment will be private for the family.
James H. Monroe will always be remembered for his wit, compassion for others, dedication to education and service to his country. May he rest in peace!