Popular Radio DJ, Wife Found Dead in LaFollette Home

Popular Radio DJ, Wife Found Dead in LaFollette Home

December 5, 2003

By Tim Miller
6 News Reporter

LaFOLLETTE (WATE) -- The Campbell County Sheriff's Department is investigating after popular radio DJ Jerry Monday and his wife, Estie, were found dead in their LaFollette home Friday.

The couple lives on Wildwood Circle.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Department believes that Jerry Monday shot and killed his wife, Estie, and then turned the gun on himself.

It's tough for co-workers at the gospel station to accept about a man so well-known on the air, and on the street.

"It was just hard to believe. I could hardly keep from shedding tears, you know," says Harold Branam who worked with Jerry Monday at AM 1450 WLAF for more than a dozen years.

Monday was on the air from 5 to 9 am. Branam followed him from 9 to noon.

When Branam didn't hear his longtime friend on the radio early this morning, he wasn't sure if something was wrong. That was soon confirmed.

"His wife works at a place here in LaFollette and they called and said she had not come to work and wondered why and if Jerry was here. And that's when we started checking," Branum says.

And sheriff's department investigators then went to the Monday house on Wildwood Circle and found Monday and his wife dead.

Monday hosted a popular morning call-in show called "The World Famous Trading Post."

The station's owner and general manager say they've lost a co-worker and friend, and the community has lost a voice.

"You see someone every day, five days a week at least, sometimes six days a week, and suddenly they're gone. It makes a big difference in your life," Branam explains.

But Eddie Tibbs paints a troubled life for the radio deejay. His parents went to church with the Mondays and say Jerry Monday asked them for help, because he was having marital problems.

"He said that the lord sent him to my mom and dad's house last Friday to have them pray for him. And they did-- my dad and mom sat down and prayed with him and he showed up for church and the church prayed for him. Now this happened, " says Tibbs.

The sheriff's department would not say if any kind of note was left inside the Monday home, explaining why it happened.

Jerry Monday was also known to television viewers.

He was a weatherman for channel 4, the cable access station run by WLAF.

He was also an accomplished musician-- a skilled fiddle and mandolin player.

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