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Kirk Hunter Monroe of Wilmington Island passed away on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021, at the age of 60. Kirk was born in Savannah in March, 1960 to Shirley Gunn Monroe and Major Phillip Hunter Monroe, USAF.

Kirk grew up on Wilmington Island and lived the last 20 years on Whitemarsh Island before returning to Wilmington Island last summer.  He was a proud Atom Smasher, graduating from Sol C. Johnson High School in 1978. He attended Armstrong State College, then joined the Air National Guard and became a Radio Communications Technician. Kirk continued to work in the aviation industry after leaving the Guard, ending his 34 year-long relationship with Gulfstream Aerospace in 2020. A lifelong car and motorcycle fanatic and gearhead, in his teens and twenties Kirk raced dirt track motorcycles (motocross); few can recall a time when they saw his motorcycle with both wheels on the ground at the same time. Kirk was smart, funny, and kind, with a low-key temperament and a ready, easy smile.  He was thrifty with his money and generous with his time and his care for others.

Kirk was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Errett “Shorty” Gunn and Helen Gunn of Savannah, and Edward Monroe and Lillian Monroe of Charleston, WV; and his brother Bruce Monroe of Rincon.

He is survived by his beloved sister who meant everything to him, Roberta Monroe Ellis and her husband Greg Ellis of Cartersville, GA; his longtime friend Ronna Hayes and her son Jonathan; his nephews, their wives and children: Joshua Daniel Ellis and  Samantha Wilson Ellis, Presley Aaron Ellis and Wilson Rose Ellis of Cartersville, GA; Phillip Lee Ellis and Amber Godwin, Phillip Liev Godwin-Ellis and Paul Thorin Godwin-Ellis of The Woodlands, TX; and LCDR Dustin Aaron Ellis, USN and Chelsea Covington Ellis, Newport, RI; and many cousins, including Robin Gunn (Savannah) and Rett Gunn (Atlanta), Matt Gunn (Cleveland, OH) and Heyward Gunn Kreutzer (Cleveland, OH); his aunt Joanne Gunn of Alexandria, VA and many cousins in Virginia and West Virginia and Florida.

Kirk will be laid to rest with family in Greenwich Cemetery in Savannah, at a private family ceremony, at 9:30 Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021.

You are invited to view the funeral service of Mr. Monroe by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church, or Volunteers of America.

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  1. Jonathan Hayes says:

    Kirk was a generous man with a good heart.

  2. Timmy and Diane Stevens says:

    Goodbye to our high school friend. It’s been years since we’ve seen each other , although you have remained in our memories. We’ll never forget your wonderful smile and laid back personality.It’s an honor to have had you as a friend.
    RIP Kirk
    Love you Roberta, you’re in our prayers and thoughts.

  3. Cindy & Mark says:

    Sending love & prayers Roberta & family

  4. Beth Vance says:

    Your West Virginia family loves you very much and you will be very much missed here. Our prayers go out to you and all of your loved ones during this time. May the Holy Spirit lift you in peace, love and joy! ❤️

  5. S. Joanne Gunn, Aunt. says:

    Kirk was a precious and loving child; he was fun to be with, caring and endearing and caring as an adult. He was charming to his Grandmother Helen, and she loved that. I loved our last Christmas together and was hoping for another this year. Thank you for being such a loyal son and brother. Your presence was good for our family.
    Love you so much.
    Love to Roberta, Greg and all the Ellis crew…
    Aunt Joanne

  6. Celeste Decker says:

    So Sorry for Your loss Roberta
    Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your

  7. Rhonda Marchant Kenney says:

    My heart was so sad when I heard about Kirk. What a kind, funny guy. Roberta we are praying for you and your family. Kirk may not be here on earth but you have a very special angel in heaven. And you will be together again one day and what a reunion that will be. Love and prayers
    Bill and Rhonda Marchant Kenney

  8. Jill Knight says:

    Kirk was a sweet and funny guy. I have so many great childhood memories of us all growing up on Wilmington and going to SCJ. He will be missed. Sending love and prayers to Roberta and family.

  9. Terri Brown Patillo says:

    My deepest sympathies and condolences.
    Terri SCJ, Class of 78.

  10. Tommy Tech says:

    So long old friend. Sorry we didnt have more time together. Glad for the times we crossed paths in recent years and all those fun times back in high school. Go with God

  11. Tricia Donnelly Barringer says:

    It’s been it’s been years since high school but I remember Kirk’s gorgeousmile and friendly disposition. His daredevil motorcycle skills and his extreme kindness. He is loved and is truly missed

  12. Vickie Crockett Abbott says:

    Roberta so very very sorry and sad to hear about Kirk, thinking about you and your family.

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