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October 13, 2011

On The Bright Side Mary Howell – 10/12/2011

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:21 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


The Murphy brothers write once again!  Neal Murphy, (who happens to be my brother-in-law), recently published his fourth book within a five year period. He has worn many hats in his lifetime and has been an ambulance driver, an insurance executive, paper hanger/painter, historical researcher, music director, Sunday School teacher, deacon and reserve peace officer.


He waited until he was almost 70 before he discovered his talent for writing. Since that time he has written more than 250 short stories some of which has been published in national magazines such as Good Old Days, Reminisce, Looking Back and Town Square.


Creativity runs through the Murphy family.  Neal’s older brother, Richard Murphy, is a widely known cartoonist and artist.  He has illustrated books for other authors and has had articles published in national magazines.  Richard has been married to his beloved sweetheart, Mae, for 55 years.  They make their home in San Augustine which is Richard’s birthplace.  Richard retired from DuPont in Orange where he worked for 35 years.  He attended Baylor University and graduated from Lamar University.


Richard’s latest achievement is his very own book, entitled Ghosts,  Gold Diggers and Gunslingers published by Xlibris Publishing.


Neal’s book was also published by Xlibris and is entitled Reminiscing The Red Dirt Roads Growing Up In East Texas.  This book is dedicated to the memory of his late cousin, Larry Joe Woods, who was also an author and a reserve deputy sheriff partner.


The Murphy brothers are proud to give their readers a bit of humor and a nostalgic look at days of yesteryear.  Both Murphys have daughters who have been in the field of journalism.  Kay Fatheree, Neal’s daughter wrote for the Kemmerer Gazette newspaper and Judy Furney, Richard’s daughter majored in journalism at Baylor University

Richard and Neal are the sons of Cecil Murphy who served as San Augustine County clerk for 38 years and Alice Murphy who served San Augustine as a hairdresser for sixty-five years. 


My desire is that you enjoy a life on the bright side as you read.


October 12, 2011


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