Joe Milton Murphy

“Rev. Bucky” and

“100 Best Prayers”


Longtime pastor, businessman and area real estate developer Joe Milton Murphy has two books to offer readers, both of which draw from his many years in and around churches.

Joe Milton Murphy
“Rev. Bucky” and
“100 Best Prayers”


Longtime pastor, businessman and area real estate developer Joe Milton Murphy has two books to offer readers, both of which draw from his many years in and around churches.


“Rev. Bucky” is set to be released on Feb. 1. According to the introduction, “Rev. Bucky” is “the story of a church mouse who ate steroids from the storage of a local church softball team, grows up and after a head transplant becomes Rev. Bucky. It is a fable that tells what might have happened in various churches over several decades of what Bucky, the church  mouse, saw and heard as a ‘fly on the wall.’”


The idea came while Murphy was in the hospital recovering from surgery. He and his children were discussing things they have witnessed through the years in various churches and they “dared” him to write them down.


“'Rev. Bucky’ pokes fun at a lot of things that are representative of the culture in which we live and a lot of things are controversial,” Murphy said. “But there is a humor in all of it.”


“100 Best Prayers” is Murphy’s “really honest attempt at a confession of my own sin, as well as hopefully leaving something there for someone else in their own lives to be available to help them.”


The prayers cover 100 different subjects and are Murphy’s attempt to help others who might have been through the same things he has encountered in his life.


The book’s cover advertises it as  “For Those Who Feel All Their Limbs Are Hanging Over The Fence.”


Sharon Orsack
“Bobby & Me”


Ardmore author Sharon Orsack just released her first novel, “Bobby & Me,” which tells the story of Jenny Lee, a young mother left to raise two children on her own after the death of her husband.


Her cantakerous old neighbor, Mary Miller, looks after Jenny and the kids.


Their lives change one morning when they find a man lying near the railroad tracks. Jenny takes in the ragged-looking stranger, whose name is Bobby.


Bobby is in town to look for his birth parents after his adoptive mother said he was from Ardmore on her death bed. When he finds a birth announcement in the local paper that names his mother as Margaret Miller and mentions a twin, questions arise.


“I’ve had the manuscript for a long while and I said many times, ‘I need to get this published,’” Orsack said. “I didn’t really expect it, but it happened. The feedback I’ve had from my friends, they’ve encouraged me. It’s made me realize this is what I want to do.”


Jerry Wollaston
“I Said ‘I Will’”


Longtime Ardmoreite Jerry Wollaston met his wife, Susan, in Ardmore. He said ‘ ... the greatest gift I’ve ever received was her love.” “I Said ‘I Will’” is a product of that love and their lives together.


Their first child was born with Down Syndrome, and the couple pulled together to raise their “special child.” They were the parents of three boys by the time they were 26.


On his Web site, Wollaston said he wrote “I Said ‘I Will’” mostly between the hours of midnight and dawn to fill the silence in his life left after the loss of his wife in 2009 to cancer.


“I wrote to remember the good times. I wrote to come to grips with the bad times. I wrote to fulfill a promise,” he said. “I wrote ‘I Said “I Will”’ to ensure that I kept a promise I made to my wife, Susan. I wrote it for my precious granddaughters. The story is one that almost everyone can relate to — because it’s about life. For many — it will sound like their story.”


The book is scheduled to be released before Valentine’s Day.


Stanley Smith
“The Adventures of
Cotton Top and Earnest”


Stanley Smith lives in Ennis, Texas, but he grew up in north Texas and southern Oklahoma.


“Ardmore was the first big city I ever got to when I was a kid,” Smith said, remembering the cobblestone streets and grand buildings.


He and his brother, Larry, are the subjects of his new novel written about their adventures growing up. Smith is “Cotton Top” and, for literary purposes — “I thought it sounded better” — Larry became Earnest.


An auto mechanic for 45 years, Smith became injured, out of work and very restless. After having rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders, he needed a way to pass the time.


In the spring of 2008, after a suggestion from his brother, Smith started writing “The Adventures of Cotton Top and Earnest.”
The story centers on a trip he and his brother took down the Washita River on a homemade raft with their dog, “Flash,” and a couple of friends.


“We went all the way to Lake Texoma, then left there and went (on) horseback to Sulphur,” Smith said. “It’s not like an autobiography, although the book’s fairly true. The characters in there are characters that we grew up with.”

Each of these authors and book titles can be accessed through Google. Some of the books are available at local bookstores and all can be found online.