Hal James Monroe, age 63, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C.
Hal was preceded in death by his loving wife, Tamara (Tammie) Stultz Monroe; and his father, James Francis Monroe.
Hal is survived by his mother, Alva Lee Monroe of Fayetteville, N.C.; sister, Alva Lorraine Crowder (nee Monroe) of Richmond, VA; two nephews, James Russell Crowder of Ruther Glen, VA and William (Will) Stephenson Crowder of Richmond, VA; as well as many other family members and dear friends.
Hal graduated from Seventy-First High School, Fayetteville, N.C. in 1972. He attended Pembroke College. He was employed by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Fayetteville, N.C. for several years. The company availed itself of Hal’s many artistic talents by employing him to hand paint their Coca-Cola signs. Many of these signs were located in Cumberland and Harnett Counties.
In 1987, Hal and Tammie relocated to Hickory, N.C., where he was employed by Sign Blasters. Later he was employed by the Public Works Department with the City of Hickory for 23 years.
In the last 16 years of his life, Hal shared a loving relationship with Betsy Thigpen Foster, who lovingly cared for him while he was battling cancer. The family is eternally grateful for her loving care of their dear Hal.
Hal will always be remembered for his love of life, his quick wit and humor, even in the toughest of times. He will be missed by many of those he touched in his short lifetime.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Catawba Medical Foundation 810 Fairgrove Church Rd. Hickory, NC 28602.