Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 31, 2016


Funeral services for C.R. “Reese” Earl were held Aug. 30 at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with Jim Eubanks officiating. Interment followed the service at Morrow Chapel Cemetery in Ola.
Reese was born on Oct. 22, 1936 in Myrtle Springs to parents Lester and Vera Agnus (Clay) Earl and entered into eternal rest on Aug. 26, 2016 at the age of 79.
Reese loved his family dearly. He enjoyed watching western movies, especially John Wayne. Reese loved horses and was an honorary member of the East Texas Riders.
He owned and operated his own heating and air conditioning business since he was 18 years old. Reese was a member of Ola Church of Christ. He was a kind and loving man who will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved him.
Reese was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mavis Earl, brothers Jimmy Boyd, Homer Glenn and Clarence Wendell, and nephew Wendell Gene.
He is survived by his daughter Teresa L. May of Talty, Terry A. Wacasey and husband Roy of Mt. Pleasant, and Veronica K. Gunderson and husband Mark of Eustace, son Leslie Reese Earl and wife DeAnna of Kemp, nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild on the way, nephews Clyde Earl of Wills Point, Jason Earl of Fruitvale and Clarence Earl of Grand Saline and niece Mary Earl of Wills Point, dear friend of 50 plus years Joyce May and family of Mesquite, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 3, 2016

Kenneth Lee Murphy, 77, of Bradford passed from this life on July 27, 2016 in Bradford.
Ken was born on September 13, 1938 in Ramsey, Ill. to Willie F. and Mable G. Murphy.
He was preceded in death by his parents Willie and Mable, brother Bob Murphy of Cherokee Village, Ark., sister Nadene ‘Toots’ Horner of Ramsey Ill., wife Scotty Murphy, son Larry Murphy and grandson Donald Cole Hamby.
He is survived by two sisters, Betty Wollerman (Ken) of Ramsey, Ill. and Esther Hill (David) of Vandalia, Ill., his three children, Dana and Ken Hamby of Chandler, Mike and Deana Murphy of Brownsboro and Kevin and DeAnn Murphy of Bradford, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his loving cat Koko and Rory the Rooster.
Ken joined the United States Air Force at 18 years of age and travelled the world from Germany to Hawaii raising a family before retiring as a Master Sergeant at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo with 21 years of meritorious service. After retirement he pursued careers in banking, purchasing and state government.
Ken was a long time resident of Athens and recently moved to the Bradford area to pursue retired ranch life on the Blue Sun Ranch, where he was often seen walking the ranch or speeding about in his Gator.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Ken asks that donations may be made to either the Athens Family Peace Project or St. Peter Lutheran Church.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 8, 2016

Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse announced the arrest of a man in the Bonita Point subdivision for possession of suspected methamphetamines, citing it as the beginning of his promised campaign against illegal drugs.
“For too long bad people have believed they could do as they please with illegal drugs in Henderson County,” Hillhouse said. “That stops today.”
On Tuesday, Sheriff Deputies Kyle Pochobradsky and Duane Sanders arrested 35-year-old Jacob Waymire and charged him with possession a suspected illegal drug.
The Deputies were initially responding to a domestic disturbance call at 331 Sailfish. When they arrived, they observed a white male exiting the rear of the residence through a bedroom window.
After a short foot pursuit, Waymire was captured and taken into custody. Waymire was transported to the Henderson County Jail.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest with previous conviction and could face between 2 and 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
“This is the first step in this department’s campaign to make this county a drug unfriendly zone,” Hillhouse said. “Let it be known to dealers and users alike, illegal drugs in any amount, no matter how large or small, will not be tolerated under my watch.”