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Obituary of William Terry Monday
William Terry Monday, age 70, passed away March 17, 2022, in his Jacksonville, FL home. He was born on November 5, 1951 in Shreveport, LA to William Horace and Billie Sue (Nelson) Monday. Terry attended Northwestern State University, earning both his BA in speech and journalism education and his MEd in speech and theater. Shortly after a stint touring Broadway productions he relocated to Jacksonville where he found his lifelong calling teaching technical theatre at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. His passion for the arts, music, gardening, his cats, and motorcycles could always bring a colorful story, memory, or life lesson to his students. He was a proud member and past president of the International Alliance of Theater and Stage Employees, Local 115. Never one for adulation; whether he recognized it or not, Terry was integral in the formative years for generations of theatre lovers. His passion for the arts and teaching helped build the careers of students who went on to become stage managers, producers, designers, and technicians on Broadway and beyond. It was never lost on Terry that most of his students wouldn’t find their careers in the theater but the pride in effort and strong work ethic he instilled were foundational to bringing the best one has to offer, no matter the path ultimately taken. He was responsible for influencing this generation’s character and passion for artistic works. Terry was preceded in death by his parents and his younger sister, Kathie Monday Driver (Albert Richard “Dick” Driver, Jr). He is survived by his nieces; Danielle Driver-Roussel (Paul), Deann Driver, and Darcy Driver; a grandnephew, Sutton Driver; a grandniece, MacKayla Milczarski, as well as numerous cousins and relatives in the Shreveport, LA area. After teaching for 25 years at DASOTA, he also leaves a legacy of students, artisans, and technicians that continue to take what he preached and will forever carry the mantle of “Work hard, do your best, be proud.” Memorial information will be shared once finalized.
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