As we retrace the footprints of John Henry Monk, we can only give thanks for the many lives he has enriched along his journey. A strong gentle giant, John was fortunate enough to enjoy God’s blessings as a son, brother, nephew, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather and a trusted friend.
On June 19, 1939, L.C. and Gertrude Monk welcomed the birth of a beautiful baby boy. Little did they know he would make such an impact on so many lives.
John accepted Christ at an early age. He joined 1st Church of God, where he was a lifelong and active member. He was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, deacon and served on the trustee board. He loved his church and attended every week until his health began to fail. He was very knowledgeable in the Word of God and he would break it down to where a child could understand.
John developed an interest in lawn care. He mastered his craft and later began a very lucrative business called “Monk Yard Care”. You could often see him throughout the City of Hope, beautifying the yards of many homes and businesses. John taught his kids the value of hard work and resilience.
John was a loving father and grandfather. He had a heart of gold and he was always there for anyone who needed him. One of many fond memories was lining his grandchildren up one by one every Sunday after church and passing out $1 bills. The kids couldn’t wait until church was over so that they could run to him and collect their money. Soon, every child in church was calling him “Papa”, so they could receive that crisp $1 bill.
On August 10, 1979, John married his devoted wife and soulmate, Catherine Monk, and along with her daughter, 10 children were also added to this blended family.
John’s life was the epitome of courage, love and deep faith expressed by the many lives he touched.
John is preceded in death by his parents, LC & Gertrude Monk; 3 brothers, Leotis, Joe and Leonard; five sisters, LV, Margie, Willie Mae, Doris and Mildred.
His legacy will live forever in the hearts of his beloved wife of 40 years, Catherine Monk; four sons, Aaron Monk of Little Rock, AR, John (Kaye) Monk of Chidester, AR, Matthew Monk of Hope, AR, Orenthal Monk of Olathe, KS; seven daughters, Carolyn (Michael) Logan of Hope, AR, Rene Monk of Hope, AR, Yvette Monk of Hope, AR, Nancy Monk of Hope, AR, Shannon (Michael) Cheatham of Hope, AR, Lisa (Willie) McGough of Prescott, AR and Andrea Turner of Prescott, AR; one brother, Curtis (Sarah) Monk of Milwaukee, WS; four sisters-in-law, Mary (William) Colbert of Prescott, AR, Loretta (Emanuel) Johnson of Texarkana, TX, Constance Unice of Prescott, AR, Inez Monk of Hope, AR; one brother-in-law, David (Dorothy) Marshall of Prescott, AR; 37 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild, Mariah Marie Monk. He also leaves a caravan of nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
Visitation will be 11am-5pm, family hour 6-7pm Friday at the funeral home. A funeral service will be 3pm Saturday, September 7 at First Church of God, 712 N. Laurel Street, Hope. Burial will be at Scott’s Memorial Gardens in Perrytown. Arrangements entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home, Inc.