ROCKWALL, TX – November 4, 2021 — Monte Ray Monkress passed away Friday, October 29th, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas after battling complications from a heart transplant. Monte was born on November 26, 1952, in Dallas, Texas, to Ray and Marie Barnett Monkress. He grew up in Farmers Branch, later moving to Garland where he graduated from South Garland High School in 1971. He then attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He and his wife, Denise, were married in 2003.
For over 20 years Monte was a senior project manager for Accura Systems in Sunnyvale. In his free time, Monte served on the Board of Directors of Rockwall Community Playhouse and performed in numerous productions on the RCP stage. He also performed at the Mesquite Arts Center, The Texan Theater in Greenville, the Plaza Theater in Garland, Ennis Theater, and Rockwall Summer Musicals. Monte also enjoyed his time as a Boy Scout leader for his son, Garrett. He was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Heath where he actively participated in the music program, both in the choir and playing guitar during worship. Monte loved to play golf, travel, and enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and his three beautiful grandchildren.
Monte is predeceased by both his father, mother and his brother, James Monkress. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Denise Monkress, his son Garrett Monkress of Austin, Texas, and his daughter Lauren Huffman Schumann and her husband Adam of Seguin, Texas, and their three children Conner, Savannah, and Avery.
A celebration of Monte’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Heath on November 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association (https://www.heart.org/ ) or the Rockwall Community Playhouse (https://www.rockwallcommunityplayhouse.org/).
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