Major Edward Penniwitte Monroe, Jr. USAF (Ret.)
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SUMTER, SC-- Major Edward Penniwitte Monroe, Jr. USAF (Ret.), known by his friends and family as "Buck", passed away on Friday, March 16, 2012 while resting peacefully at his home.
Born in Woodbridge, VA, he was the son of the late Edward P. Monroe, Sr. and Marie Plaskett Monroe. He was preceded in death by his three sisters: Sue Lazaar, Mary Olson, and Ruth Schmitt.
Buck was 77 years old and a retired U.S. Air Force veteran with over 22 years of service including duty in Vietnam where he served as a combat and rescue helicopter pilot. His service and valor as a pilot earned him the medal of the Distinguished Flying Cross. The Distinguished Flying Cross is a medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by 'heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.' He was a graduate of East Carolina University and was a charter member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
After retirement from the Air Force, Buck earned his degree in Environmental Engineering at USC-Sumter and worked as a State Inspector for DHEC. In 1988, he sank his heart into a hands-on refurbishment of the Taft Bass House, an historic Southern estate in Clinton, NC. He returned to Sumter in 2009 after residing in Clinton for over twenty years.
He is survived by his attentive wife of 52 years, Marie Autry Monroe, originally of Clinton, NC; and his four children, Edward Penniwitte Monroe, III (Katherine) of Sumter, William Stacy Monroe (Jennifer) of Spartanburg, Brian Lindsey Monroe of Sumter, and his "baby girl", Bethanie Monroe Bass (Wayne) of Los Angeles, CA. His sons have given him eight grandchildren: Lindsey, Caroline, Madeline, Joseph, David, Catherine, Nathan, and Marc.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory at 221 Broad Street in Sumter. For more information on the funeral arrangements call (803) 775-9386.
Graveside services will be held at 11 A.M. Wednesday March 21, 2012 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery at 4170 Percival Road in Columbia with Father Charles Walton officiating.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.
All contributions in memoriam for USAF (Ret.) Major Edward Penniwitte Monroe, Jr. can be made to DAV, Disabled American Veterans, P.O. BOX 5317, W. Columbia, SC 29171.
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2012