James (Jim) Julius Monroe, former owner and publisher of the McCurtain Daily Gazette in Idabel, died July 25, 2015. He was 89.
Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the McFarlin United Methodist Church at 419 S. University Blvd. in Norman, Okla.
Monroe was born on Dec. 1, 1925, in Freeman, Mo. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and left as an officer in 1946. Using his GI Bill, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was named Outstanding Journalism Graduate in 1952.
His first journalism job was at The Norman Transcript as sports editor. He then worked as a reporter at the Enid Morning News and at The Daily Oklahoman before joining the Associated Press for eight years.
In 1963, Monroe left journalism for politics.
He returned to journalism in 1972, purchasing the McCurtain Daily Gazette in Idabel and eventually held an ownership stake in 10 small-town newspapers in Oklahoma, two in Arkansas and one in Texas.
He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1996.
Monroe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty; daughter Jeanne and husband Dennis Wilson of Idabel; son Travis and wife Margie of Norman; son Mark and wife Lisa from Los Angeles; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Posted on Wed, July 29, 2015
by Jennifer Gilliland