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Dr. Monroe Mayes Jr. 75 of Dallas, Texas, best friend and beloved husband to Mrs. Norma Elliott Mayes for 56 years, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife by his side on April 4, 2017 at 7:18 am. Monroe, was born in Mexia Texas, July 28, 1941, where he lived with his mother while waiting on the return of his father from WWII. He was allowed to attend Douglass Elementary, Mexia, Texas at the early age of 5 with the stipulation “he must keep up.” After the war his parents, Monroe Sr., and Louvenia moved to Dallas, Texas for a better life.Monroe Jr., education continued at St. Peter’s Academy and later graduating from Booker T. Washington High School (Dallas) in 1957 at the age of 16. He attended one semester at Bishop College in 1958. He joined the U. S. Army in 1959, where he went on to earn numerous declarations, badges citations, campaign ribbons and medals. On September 21, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Norma Elliott and they moved to Germany, where they welcomed their son Jeffery Maurice in 1963. They lived a military life until his retirement in 1980. Upon returning home, Monroe united with St Stephens Baptist Church under the pastorage of the late Rev. H. L. Smith and Rev. R. L. Sampson. He later united with New Mt. Gilead Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Roy W. Locke, Pastor, where he remained a faithful member and a dedicated deacon. Monroe was an active member/leader/teacher in the City and State Wide Brotherhood Association, Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas, as well as The Prison Ministry and Sunday School. Monroe joined Lockheed Martin in 1980, and had a long active career in the space program. While at Lockheed he joined a group called “In-Unity”, which later would be recognized for their dedication to children at the White House by former President Bill and wife Hilary Clinton. In 2006 he retired from Locked Martin and began a third career at Cedar Valley College as a Professor of Psychology until the present. Monroe’s Lifetime Achievements: Bachelor’s Degree from DBU, a Master’s from Amber University and a Doctorates Degree from Pamworld University. In 1996 he received The Presidents Service award. Also, The U.S. Army Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Ribbon. 2004 he was Man of the Year for the Citywide Brotherhood. Monroe was a dedicated Deacon, proud Father and a Loving Grandfather. Monroe is survived by his wife, Noma; son Jeffrey; 2 grandchildren: Brandon and Brittany Mayes; brother, Raymond (Wanda) Mayes. A special cousin Bernadean (Kitty) Dixon and a host of family and friends.