On Sept. 20, 1951 in Coleman, Florida to the late Mr. & Mrs. Monroe (Agnes Louise Williams) McTaw, Sr. a handsome baby boy was introduced to the world and they named him Monroe McTaw, Jr. He was known to his family and friends in Florida and New York as “POP” and in Georgia as “Mr. MAC”. He gained his wings and took flight to eternity on Dec. 14, 2018.
Monroe attended school in Rochester, New York where he attended Benjamin Franklin High School before leaving for college to Brockport State University. Monroe developed a great love for playing basketball as a teenager. He was an outstanding basketball player at Ben Franklin and Brockport earning wins in the Section Championship and Allstate Championship games resulting in an invitation to Paris, France. In 1978-1979 he played Continental Basketball with the Rochester Zeniths.
Over the years Monroe developed a love for all sports and attending professional games. He was a die-hard fan of the Buffalo Bills, the New York Knicks and the Yankees, but later adopted the Atlanta Falcons as his secondary team. Monroe loved race horses and would watch the horses run all day at the track and on television. He learned how to cook at an early age and took pride in his cooking and grilling. Eating was a top priority for him and made it a top priority for those around him. Monroe worked as a chef at Sodexho at Emory University, Oxford, GA until he retired. The greatest of his hobbies were traveling and gaming at the casinos. In addition to traveling to Paris, he traveled to Las Vegas, Biloxi, Atlantic City, Houston, New Orleans, Montgomery, Memphis, Hilton Head, Tunica, Canada, Long Island, and throughout Florida.
More than 12 years ago, Monroe and Monica took a chance on each other when he decided to move to Georgia. They dedicated their lives to loving and caring for each other. Monroe put his mark on many, including his family and now that era has come to an end. “Mac” has earned his wings and now he is taking that walk on the streets that are paved with gold.
Monroe leaves a host of family and friends to adore his memory, especially the love of his life, “his baby”, Monica Maddox Rozier, his children Chataqua McTaw (New York), Mr.& Mrs. Cordell (Iesha) Cooper (South Carolina), Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery (Morena) Davis, Mr. & Mrs. Marques McTaw, James McTaw, Jerren McTaw, Karwyn McTaw all of New York, Brandon Rozier and Christopher Rozier (Camethia) (Georgia). His grandchildren brought him some of the fondest memories. They are Tytiauna, Tarquin, Tayauna, Ajanae, Aurieona, Eric, Darius, David, Xavier, Ma’Niaya, Milan, Meghan, MJ, Ja’myah, Kaelan, David, Zah’nylia, Anyiaa, Ayden, Jonah Marquis and Janae (his Punkarita). Monroe loved his sisters and was known as a protector for Althea Linny (David) Lucas (New York) and Darlene Michelle (Verdell) Lane (Georgia). His only brother Darrell McTaw preceded him in death. Monroe’s living aunts and uncle are Earlita Morrison (Virginia) and Gwendolyn Brisbon (Florida) and Reuben L. Williams (Florida) and a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins. After moving to Georgia not only did Monroe fall in love with Monica, he loved her siblings as well. They are Bernice Danzy, Willie Kelly, Gerstine Appling, Sandra Hollingsworth, Larosa Henderson, Eddie Maddox, Jr., Phyllis Jackson, Deborah Carter, Valeria Maddox, Rita Dupree and Lisa Maddox. Monroe you are loved, and we will miss you dearly.
A funeral service was held at noon Friday, Dec. 21 at Grace United Methodist Church, 4135 Washington St. SW, Covington, with the Rev. George Lanier and Dr. Rev. Avis Williams.