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George Francis "Frank" Monk, Jr.
March 18, 1961 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 62) 62 Years Old
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George Francis (Frank) Monk, Jr. of Salisbury, NC died peacefully on Christmas Day, December 25, 2023, at the age of 62, after fiercely battling many health challenges. Frank was passionate about his family, friends, golf, and beer, usually in that order, and preferably all together. Frank was deeply committed to an extensive network of beloved family and friends, and he made a profoundly meaningful impact on those whose lives he touched.
Born and raised in Concord, NC, to George Francis Monk, Sr and Gaynelle Readling Monk, Frank attended North Carolina State University in the inaugural class of Cannon Scholars. While at NC State, Frank elected to focus his energies on fostering an impressive social network and less on academic endeavors. From there, lifeguarding in North Myrtle Beach, SC called, and Frank responded. Then, after a couple of seasons serving as a shopping mall Santa, a position he truly relished and seemed destined to fill, Frank spent most of his subsequent professional career as a PGA Professional at Myrtlewood and Belle Terre, golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. His passions for the sport and the people who play it synthesized and flourished in these roles. During Frank’s career as a golfer, he achieved six holes-in-one. This earned Frank the apt nickname Ace, and nothing in the world made Frank happier than being called Ace by his beloved granddaughter Margaret.
In recent years in Salisbury, Frank found tremendous satisfaction and made many close connections working at Rowan Vocational Opportunities and Meals on Wheels, two organizations he felt strongly about.
Throughout his life, Frank was a relentless optimist and this was never more true than during his declining health. With an infectious laugh, Frank was remarkably kind, compassionate, and incredibly irreverent. He found humor everywhere, and indulged his humor liberally–often at times and in circumstances others deemed inappropriate, which Frank found hilarious. Laughing in church was an all-time favorite, and he entertained many bedside visitors with subtle dark humor about his impending demise until the very end.
His larger than life personality was perhaps matched only by “Big Red,” his 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible (rust on the inside, red on the outside) which he drove with great enthusiasm for several thousand miles more–and decades longer–than should have been legal. Big Red was succeeded by a string of gigantic Lincolns and Cadillacs (“with capitalist pig horns!” as Frank loved to say) that paled in comparison to Frank’s true spirit.
Frank had a talent and a love for singing, and was for many years an active member of the choir and the congregation at St Andrew Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach, and later a member of the choir and congregation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury. He blessed the marriages of countless family and friends with his beautiful voice by singing at their weddings. At some of these weddings he had even been invited to perform.
In 2019, after years of dialysis, Frank received a life-saving kidney transplant. Frank understood how lucky he was to find a match, and spent the remainder of his life with profound gratitude for his donor and the donor’s family.
Frank is survived by his son George Francis Monk III and granddaughter Margaret Frances Monk, both of Hartsville, SC; his sisters Carole Monk Thomas of Raleigh, Anne Monk McKinnon of Charlotte, and Beth Monk Mills of Salisbury; his brother Matthew Monk of Winston-Salem; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, and many, many dear friends who frank truly considered extended family.
A funeral will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury, with a gathering afterward at Brincefield Hall on the Sacred Heart Campus. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Meals on Wheels of Rowan, Inc. or Rowan Vocational Opportunities.