"Old cowboys never die they just ride off into the sunset."
Gordon Smith Monroe, 73, of Vienna, passed away Nov. 29, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.
He was born Dec. 9, 1938, in Roane County, W.Va., a son of the late Smith Preston and Dora Myers Monroe.
Gordon was a self-employed home builder, starting his construction business in 1970 and retired from it in 2001. He was a member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Home Builders, had served on the Vienna Planning Commision Board, was co-owner of Vienna Builders Supply in the 1960's, started We'll Hold It Self Storage in 1985, was a partner in Parkland Development in 1972 and helped build several subdivisions, was Builder of the Year in 1988 and started We'll Hold It Rentals Inc. (Central Mini Mart "B.P.") in 1990.
Gordon loved going to the family farm in Ritchie County, enjoyed old country music, watching westerns and riding four wheelers. He enjoyed being a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, and loved his church family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Patricia "Pat" Ferrell Monroe; one daughter, Karen J. Monroe Meyers and husband, Don, of Dundee, N.Y.; one son, Gordon S. Monroe Jr. and wife, Tanya, of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Ashlee Gregory (Michael), Autumn Monroe (Decontee), Jessika Meyers and Kayla Meyers; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Cayden Monroe and Zeon Smith; three step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mae Crislip of Vienna, Dorothy Bowen of Lake Placid, Fla., Mary Long of North Carolina and Ethel Harris of Vienna; and one brother, Bill Monroe of Meadville, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jack and Edd Monroe; and a niece, Tina Mooney.
The family wishes to thank William L. Webb, CPA, for his kindness and understanding during Gordon's illness; also to their longtime special friend, Bob Bennett, and family physician, Dr. Dorai Rajan, MD.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3300 Rosemar Road, Vienna, W.Va., with Pastor Jon Lands officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg. Visitation will be 1-6 p.m. today at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna.
Condolences for the Monroe family may be sent to www.lamberttatman.com