Wednesday, June 18, 2014
To the Editor:
I first met Jake about 25 years ago at Thomas Cafe on Front Street in Georgetown. With a group of other men, we sat at the back table and tried to solve all the world’s problems. I learned that Jake operated a local garage and I started taking my car there for service. He was meticulous about his work, kept a very clean garage, and most importantly, when he finished his work, he would always say, “Let me tell you the story I am going to tell the children this Sunday at Trinity Lutheran.” I can still remember the first two stories he told me. One was called “The Miser” and the other was “Puppies for Sale.” Jake was a unique man in many ways and was totally dedicated to our Lord and Trinity Lutheran Church.
On my way to work, I often passed the church and saw him cutting the grass as he must have done for years. I met him one Sunday afternoon and he was visiting two elderly ladies from the nursing home. I am absolutely sure he did this for years on a regular basis.
Jake was good with his hands and built many things that were used by his church. He worked with Helping Hands of Georgetown and served on the Habitat for Humanity Board. He worked tirelessly on their home construction projects and many other projects around the county. He performed every function that a lay person could possibly do for his church. He is probably best known for doing the “Children Sermon” for over twenty years. At the end Jake dedicated his body to science to help in anyway he could to serve mankind.
He was opinionated and crusty at times, but my, oh my, what a big heart. This community is a better place because Jake Monte lived here. Jake passed away May 28 at the age of eighty-six. He is with our Heavenly Father now. He will certainly be missed. Memorials can be made in Jake’s memory to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1605 South Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.