Charles O. Monroe, 89, of North Augusta, SC and formerly of Morganton, passed away Monday, December 13, 2010 in Augusta, GA. Born January 15, 1920 in Eagle Springs, NC, he was a son of the late Carl Alexander Monroe, Sr. and Minnie Sewell Monroe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Lomax. Charles was a World War II U. S. Army veteran and was the recipient of several medals including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a resident of Morganton for almost fifty years before moving to N. Augusta two years ago and was a retired employee of Henredon Furniture Company.While in Morganton, he was an active member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and a youth leader. He was lovingly known to the youth as "Pops". Charles spoke often of the fond memories of his service to the church. He loved visiting and talking to everyone and was a friend to everybody he met. In N. Augusta, he was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church.Surviving are his wife of sixty-four years, Nora Hill Monroe; sons, Charles Monroe, Jr. and his wife, Glenda of Salt Lake City, UT, Timothy D. Monroe and his wife, Deborah of N. Augusta, SC and Philip Monroe and his wife, Cindy of Lancaster, SC; grandchildren, Amy Maxfield of Denver, CO, Jenny Gorman of Crestwood, KY, Leon Monroe of Carrboro, NC, Paige Monroe of Rochester, NY, and Chase Monroe of N. Augusta; seven great grandchildren; brothers, Edwin M. Monroe of Eagle Springs, Carl A. Monroe, Jr. of Columbia, SC, and Roland Monroe of Carthage, NC; sisters, Odessa Vicks of Canton, NC and Margaret Monroe of Eagle Springs; and a number of nephews and nieces.The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2010 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680-0459.

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