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Celebrating the life of
John Harry Monroe, Jr.
May 28, 1940 - January 14, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 2:00pm - Saturday, January 28, 2017
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Dear Rhue and Douglas, I am so sorry for your loss, John was a wonderful human being, I was so fortunate to have known him as a neighbor and as a client. He was always a gentleman and a joy to work with sincerely, Marcia Alexander

Marcia Alexander, Houston, Tx

John, Was a charming and caring man. It was a pleasure to know and have the opportunity to spend time with him.

Jim Fox, HOUSTON, TX

John Harry Monroe, Jr., passed away peacefully while in residence at Houston Hospice on January, 14, 2017 from complications following emergency abdominal surgery.
John was born May 28, 1940 in Houston, Texas to Katherine (Scott) Monroe and John H. Monroe, Sr. As a young child, the family moved to Beeville, Texas, where he attended A.C. Jones High School, serving as Student Council president and graduating in 1957. John then enrolled at Rice University, graduating in 1961 with a major in accounting. Following graduation, he attended law school at The University of Texas, graduating in 1964. John then went to work for the accounting firm Peat Marwick in Houston in 1964 for one year, before joining the Houston law firm Fulbright, Crooker, Freeman, Bates, and Jaworski in 1965. Also in 1965, John married his wife of fifty-one years, whom he met at Rice, Rhue McCullough. They welcomed son, Douglas, in 1971. At Fulbright, he specialized in estate and probate law, eventually attaining partner status. John made many lifelong friends within the firm and embodied the true definition of a counselor at law, often going above and beyond the typical role of a lawyer, advising widows and families on a host of matters in often difficult circumstances. John worked at Fulbright & Jaworski until the mid-1980s, when he took early retirement from the firm. He then started Monroe Interests, focusing on investments and trust management for individuals and families.
Upon retiring from the law firm, John also had more time to pursue his love of travel, history, and duplicate bridge. John was a frequent presence at The Houston Bridge Studio and played in numerous area tournaments. His dedication and skill at the game eventually saw him earn the status of Gold Life Master. He was once described as the “perfect partner” at the bridge table because of his pleasant demeanor, patience, and ability. John also loved travelling. As a keen student of Imperial Russian History, he and Rhue made several trips to Russia, as well as various countries in Europe. He also enjoyed the cool climes of Lake Tahoe during the Houston summers, as well as the occasional jaunt to Las Vegas with friends. He loved Houston’s rich cultural environment, regularly attending symphony performances at Jones Hall, museum exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts and Menil, as well as dramatic productions at the Alley Theatre and Stages, where he served as a member of the board.
Sadly, in 2014, John had a bypass operation which left him physically limited, but undiminished in spirit. He bravely battled a variety of health issues, supported along the way by his loving family, many wonderful friends, devoted caregivers Mazella Pitre and Sam Rodgers, and his faithful feline friend, Andy.
John was preceded in death by his parents and he is survived by his wife, Rhue and son Douglas who will treasure the memories of this special man for the rest of their lives.
Family and friends are cordially invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from two until five o’clock in the afternoon at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama Street, in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John’s memory be directed to the Houston SPCA, 900 Portway Drive, Houston, Texas 77024 (www.houstonspca.org).

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Dear Rhue and Douglas, I am so sorry for your loss, John was a wonderful human being, I was so fortunate to have known him as a neighbor and as a client. He was always a gentleman and a joy to work with sincerely, Marcia Alexander

Marcia Alexander, Houston, Tx

John, Was a charming and caring man. It was a pleasure to know and have the opportunity to spend time with him.

Jim Fox, HOUSTON, TX


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