Jerry Monday Passes On


“Larger-than-life” might be bandied about when it comes to describing memorable people, but make no mistake, that term is spot-on when it comes to Texas’ Jerry Monday, who died Tuesday, Dec. 2. One of the most colorful personalities in the coin machine business, Jerry fell ill after contracting Covid-19 and passed away just a few weeks shy of this 86th birthday, which was coming up the 27th of this month.

Sue Monday, his ex-wife who co-founded Century Vending in Southern California with Jerry, said she saw him about six weeks ago in Dallas and while he’d slowed down a bit, she said he was very excited about a new deal. (Sue said, “‘You can’t’ or ‘that will not work’ were not part of his vocabulary,” and that held true even in his later years.) Unfortunately, he fell a couple of days later, hurt his arm and went to a nursing facility for care and physical therapy. It was there that Jerry caught Covid and while it looked like he’d gotten over the hump, things began to turn for the worst this past Sunday.

His lengthy industry resumé includes years as a route operator (Century Games out of Tulsa was where he got his start in 1960) and an arcade operator (even having a game room in Southern California’s Knott’s Berry Farm). He also either owned or worked for distributorships (like Southgate and SunBelt in Texas, Betson West, Circle International and his own Century Vending). Jerry also worked for manufacturers like Nintendo, Leisure Sports and his Century game brand.

In his non-coin machine life, he served in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, Jerry went to work for Associated Booking Corp., which specialized in booking rock ’n’ roll acts including a lot of big names back in the day like Sam Cooke, the Osmond Brothers and B.J. Thomas. Through that gig, Jerry met and struck up a longtime friendship with country recording star Conway Twitty.

“He lived a great life and lived it on his terms,” Sue said. “He made some enemies, but many more great friends along the way. He was a character!” She added that even though they divorced, “fortunately, we remained friends through the years.”

In a Facebook post, Sue shared: “When I met Jerry in 1982, I jumped on Mr. Magoo’s wild roller coaster ride…lots of highs, scary free-falls and lots of bumps, but always fun and exciting. We started a company together, Century Vending. Jerry pushed me out of my comfort zone, taught me to me a businesswoman and helped create the woman I am today. I am grateful I got to take the ride.”

An outdoor memorial service is being planned for sometime in the spring in Dallas. RePlay will share details as soon as we learn them. Meanwhile, read more about Jerry’s life and career in the April 2016 “Where Are They Now?” feature written by RePlay Publisher Eddie Adlum. It can be found here:

Following the announcement of Jerry’s passing, Reggie Moultrie of Moute Pointe in Kansas wrote with his thoughts on his friend:

An Industry Icon Has Passed

He would have never thought of himself this way.
Jerry Monday’s ex-wife Sue, contacted me and other friends of Jerry’s, at his request, at the time of his passing.
To know Jerry was to love him and sometimes hate him.
The wry smile and pat on the back reassured you that there was more fact and folly to follow as you thought through or made a deal with Jerry Monday.
I call Jerry an Icon in our industry because he always stood out bigger than life throughout each stage of his industry transformation and he never left the scene of relevancy in some form or another.
He and I started off when Jerry and Sue owned Century Vending back in 1988 and I was head of sales for Vari-Tech International out of Grand Rapids MI.
Jerry and Sue became dear friends of mine, and we continued that friendship through the birth of their daughter Shantelle (Jerry’s Step Daughter), the dissolution of Century Vending and their marriage.
But those many years saw Jerry wheel and deal through every facet of our industry making tons of money, friends and yes enemies.
Jerry never shied away from controversy; he always met you head on, left you shaking his hand and your head, but smiling. That was Jerry…
It was his charm that made him lovable and memorable.
Through our many business deals, negotiations and battles, we always maintained a healthy respect for one another.
I always gave him his due for his wisdom, but not always his methods.
We laughed, we talked about our family problems for years. 
We discussed intimate problems we were going through in our lives and we got to know each other on a different level.
I loved Jerry because he always kept it simple, straight forward and somehow he always kept me involved and informed about his life.
We would send each other anecdotes and short clips about what the world had become and shared that mutual respect until I received word of his passing from Sue.
I’m honored that Jerry felt as highly of our relationship as I did.
To ask that another is notified of your passing, as Jerry did, is a dear friend, reaching out one more time to say goodbye.
My reply; Rest In Peace Jerry until we meet again.
The industry has lost a good one!
Reggie Moultrie, President and CEO
Moute Point Inc. – Olathe, KS

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