1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

~Psalm 46:1-3~

Josiah Huckaby

We have been waiting for Josiah’s 2nd heart cath to place the stents in his right & left upper pulmonary veins. It is scheduled for January 29th. He had a cardiology appt today & his echo was surprisingly better than anticipated according to the cardiologist. He also was very impressed with how good Josiah looks.

🎉🎉🎉AND we finally have an Adoption Day date. Josiah will officially become a Huckaby on February 20th!!! 🎉🎉🎉We are so excited to move on to the next chapter with our adoption.

Here is everyone’s ⚠️WARNING⚠️…..there WILL be cuteness overload on Facebook February 20th!!! 😜




Yesterday, Jason and Becki, our son and daughter-in-law, showed up to help out with tasks involving our vehicles and home.  They operated as a team and accomplished so much for us.  We are so blessed to have them for a few days.  We also had three sets of special visitors.  God sent them when we needed them the most.  He know how to bless us even on a difficult day!




Read the Bible

  • Psalm 77: 11-12
  • Psalm 85:8



Laurel Joan Givens

September 25, 2018 – January 16, 2019

Our precious baby girl received her angel wings on Wednesday January 16, 2019. Born September 25, 2018, she was 3 ½ months old. Her beautiful smile, chubby cheeks and bubbly personality warmed our hearts every minute of the day. She is missed so much already. Laurel Joan is survived by her Parents, Payton and Virginia Cook Givens; Paternal Grandparents, Darin and Donna Givens; Maternal Grandparents, Lee and Cindy Cook; Great Grandfathers, Cleve Buniff, Lee Cook, and Harold Alford; Great Grandmothers, Donnie Mae Givens and Paulette Jones; Step Great Grandmother, Janet Alford; Step Great Grandfather, Jerry Jones; Great Great Grandmother, Elsie Graham; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by Great Grandmothers, Joan Marie (Cookie) Buniff and Cindy Mattei Cook; Step Great Grandmother, Clara LeBlanc Cook; Great Grandfather, Darwin Givens. Pallbearers are Ethan Givens, Matthew Rush, and Logan Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers are Canaan Rush, Darwin Givens, Karsen King, Jeff Sanchez, and Logan Johnson. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 12 Noon until religious services at 3:00PM on Monday, January 21, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith and Bro. Eric Latham. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Sue Ellen Russell Pearson who grew up at Russelltown and attended school in Roseland and Amite with me passed away yesterday.  I did not locate her obituary yet.   Please pray for the family.  They have fought this battle with Sue Ellen for a long time.



Barbara Wentworth Beatty
  • June 11, 1936 – January 13, 2019
  • Hammond, Louisiana

Barbara Wentworth Beatty, 82 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, in Hammond. She was born on Thursday, June 11, 1936, in Amite, Louisiana to Wayland M. Sr. and Theresa Rohner WentworthBarbara worked in the Insurance Industry for over 40 years, retiring from State National Life Insurance. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Barbara is survived by her son Phillip Alvin Beatty, Jr. and his wife Christy R., her grandsons, Phillip A. Beatty III of Missouri, Daniel J. Beatty of Marion, Arkansas, Stephen P. Beatty and his wife Elena of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Luke Beatty of Yazoo City, Mississippi, her great grandchildren, Daniel J. Beatty II of Arkansas and Lakelyn R. Beatty of Arkansas, also many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Wayland M. Sr. and Theresa Rohner Wentworth, her husband Phillip Beatty, Sr. and her infant sister, her brothers, Wayland Wentworth, Jr. and Wyatt Wentworth.

A Visitation for Barbara will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2018 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond. A Funeral Service Celebrating Barbara’s Life will immediately follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Tangipahoa Cemetery in Tangipahoa.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond.

Barbara’s guest book can be viewed




Jan Renee Allen

June 17, 1978 – January 17, 2019

JAN RENEE ALLEN was born on her grandmother’s birthday, June 17, 1978 in Covington, LA. She passed so peacefully at the young age of 40. Jan attended Bowling Green School for 13 years, graduating in the Class of 1996. She was chosen as class favorite, Ms. BGS and Homecoming Queen. Jan was also a cheerleader, a four year member of the Lady Bucs basketball team and involved in numerous club activities. She worked for several years at Riverside Medical Center, where she loved all the employees so much. Jan had an infectious smile, always loved life but most of all loved the Lord.

He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46: 10-11

She is survived by:

Daughter: Hailey Lynn Maddern

Hailey’s Dad: Tom Maddern of Franklinton

Hailey’s Sisters: Katy of Hammond,
Kara of Germany

Parents: Ken Allen and Brenda Barber Allen of Franklinton

Brother and Niece: John Allen and Kiersten Allen of Franklinton

Kiersten’s Mom: Becky Smith Allen of Franklinton

Aunts and Uncles: Rita and Butch Magee,
Judy and Carl Thomas,
Eugene Barber,
Randy Barber,
Alfred and Vivian Allen all of Franklinton,
Mary Jane Allen of Folsom

Her wonderful doctor, Dr. Sumathi Smith, whom she loved so dearly and who fought for her until the very end.

Also numerous precious cousins who were so close to her.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Ellis and Ruth Barber, Ellie and Letha Allen, aunt Shirley Stansbury, uncle Lonnie Allen, cousins Allen Dedon and Sherri Hall.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Monday January 21st from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Visitation will continue after 9:00 am Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Franklinton (950 Self Street, Franklinton). A funeral service will be held in the church at 12:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Joey Miller and Rev. Bob Adams officiating, a eulogy by lifelong friend Matt Crain and special music by Stuart Varnado. Burial will follow in the Magee Cemetery at Lawrence Creek.

Memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church-New Sanctuary Fund.

Pallbearers are cousins Brent Magee, Matt Magee, Julian Thomas, Jamie Thomas, Phill Junkins and special friend Justin Brown

Honorary Pallbearers are the Bowling Green Class of 1996.


The Youth on Mission class of FBC, Kentwood will be collecting soup for the Hope Center.  You can bring any kind of soup and put it on the organ.  Thanks for supporting this worthy project, Soup for “Souper” Bowl Sunday.



Share your love and God’s love today!

Anna Lee



You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3



There are a number of families dealing with serious illnesses.  Pray for each one that you are aware of.



David is home from the hospital.  The results of the bone marrow test will be available next week.  Thank-you for your continued prayers for both of us.



Doris Faye Tillery

March 30, 1945 – January 15, 2019

A resident of Denham Springs passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. She was born March 30, 1945 in Amite and was 73 years of age. She is survived by 3 children, Mark Thomas, Kelly Tullier and husband James, Lauren Sibley and husband Jason; grandchildren, Ryan Thomas, Kathryn Thomas, Maryn Thomas, Danny Tullier, Brendan Tullier, Jared Tullier, Kailyn Sibley, Morgan Sibley, Raegan Sibley, Brinnyn Sibley, Ethan Sibley, and Camryn Sibley; 2 brothers, Robert W. Tillery, and Carlton E. Tillery; special friend, Robert Pezant. Preceded in death by parents, Julian and Doris Tillery; granddaughter, Aubryn Thomas. Visitation at Tangipahoa United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until religious services at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Claude Eugene Smith

February 25, 1936 – January 16, 2019

Our wonderful and loving father Claude Eugene Smith has found peace and went on to see his heavenly Father. Claude Eugene Smith was born in Mount Hermon Louisiana on February 25th 1936. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Aline (Wilkes) Smith and father, Wilson Eugene Smith. He will be met at Saint Peter’s gate by his two grandsons whom he will finally be able to once again hug and hold; Travis Wayne Vicknair and Charles Jacob (Jake) Kirkland. What a joyous moment it will be. Claude spent his early years working on his family farm and picking up milk in the surrounding area. Upon graduating Mt. Hermon High School, Claude then went on to box as a middleweight for 2 years at Louisiana State University. Claude married his High School sweetheart Bettye Lou Holiday on August 10th 1956. Claude worked at multiple things until he found his calling with Brown & Root and started a 38 year career building bridges throughout Southeast Louisiana and working in the refineries as well. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60+ years, Bettye Lou Smith, who has been with him throughout the many years of marriage, both good times and bad. Claude will also leave behind his daughters, Sandy Smith Vicknair, Cheryl Smith Braud – wife of Michael Braud, and his son, Ronnie Eugene Smith, husband of Michele (Heller) Smith. He had dedicated his life to his grandchildren Krystle Vicknair, Reeve Kirkland, Corinne Kirkland, Abigail Smith, Ryan Smith and his one great grandchild, Waylyn Vicknair. He will be deeply missed by his two siblings Martha Alford-wife of Pete Alford and Walter Smith-husband of Diane Wine and his special uncle Fleet Smith Junior with whom he has built a lasting and enduring relationship throughout the years as well as his many nieces and nephews. Claude Smith will have visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, 501 Avenue G, Kentwood, La. on Monday January 21st from 10 am until religious services at 12 Noon where we will then proceed to Mount Hermon Cemetery for a farewell service and his final resting place here on Earth.




Charles Robert Eldridge, Jr.

March 27, 1939 – January 15, 2019

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Hammond, LA. He was born March 27, 1939 in Amite, LA and was 79 years of age. He is survived by 2 daughters, Christina Calmes and husband Terry, Dana Lynn Robin and husband Josh; 1 son, Charles “Chaz” Eldridge, III and wife Wendy; 6 grandchildren, Sean Eldridge and wife Shelby, Tori Lynn Eldridge, Anthony “ Brit” Calmes, Andrew “Bradley” Calmes and wife Wendy, Holly Storey, and Robert Storey; 5 great grandchildren, Savannah, Luscian, Gabriel, Roman, and Cheyenne. Preceded in death by parents, Charles Sr. and Mamie Eldridge; wife, Lois Eldridge; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Minette Holstead and Bobbie Lee Darouse. Visitation at the First United Methodist Church, Amite, from 1 p.m. until Memorial Services at 3p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Josh Milliron. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible

January 17 – Psalm 69:30, Psalm 71:6, 14,  & 16

January 18 – Psalm 71:22, Psalm 75:9-10



Ladies of FBC

  • Monday – Associational WMU meeting at East Fork Monday at 10 A.M. followed by lunch
  • Tuesday – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at the Burger Basket in Osyka at 11:00.
  • Mission Project for Hope Center – Bring cans of soup and place on the organ. Deadline will be “Souper” Bowl Sunday (Project sponsored by Youth on Mission)




Focus on the power of prayer daily and spend some time in prayer.

Anna Lee




Daily Bible Reading – Day 15

  • Psalm 59:16
  • Psalm 61:8
  • Psalm 62: 2 & 6



Daily Bible Reading – Day 16

  • Psalm 63:4-5
  • Psalm 66: 13 & 15




Phillip Strickland is in St. Tammany.  Please pray for him and his family.



Glen Magee, Sr. had surgery today.  Because of a bleed, he had to go back for more surgery.  He’s okay, but still in ICU.



Bryan Tate is back at M.D. Anderson.



David is in Ochsner on O’Neal and having lots of tests and procedures.




Pat Reid, formerly of Amite and a graduate of AHS,  Class of 1964.  Please pray for those who are left behind.



Mrs. Beverly Duncan, who is widely known as a Valley Forge teacher passed away.

Belvery White Duncan

July 25, 1940 – January 13, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Belvery White Duncan announces her passing Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the age of 78. Belvery will be lovingly remembered by her husband Huey Duncan, whom she had spent 56 loving years with and her son David. Belvery was born July 25, 1940 in Philadelphia MS to Clyde Lee White and Novelle (Barrett) White. She graduated from Philadelphia High school and University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Education. For the past 53 years Belvery has been a long-time resident of Amite LA. Belvery was a longstanding member of Sharon Missionary Baptist church in Amite, LA. Belvery taught school for 18 years, Insurance Agent for 11 years, and worked for Duncan and Associate Right away Consulting with her husband for 20 years. She was an avid Motorcyclist enthusiast and toured all 48 states and most of Canada as well as being a long-standing member of the Holiday Rambler Pine-belt motor home club, both of which created long time friendships all over the country.
Belvery will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend Huey and her son David (Catherine). Her granddaughter Sydney Duncan-Wilmoth (Brandon) and 3 great grandsons, her sister Sylvia White Mars, and sister in laws Anna Lofton White and Joyce White and many nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. Belvery was preceded in death by her son, Walter Craig Duncan, parents Clyde and Norvelle White, brothers Chadwic White, Hassill White, L.C. White and sister Vonceil White Lety. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Visitation 8:00 a.m. until  Religious services at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Services conducted by Bro. James Thornhill. Interment Crain Creek Baptist Church. For an online guestbook, visit




Larry Eugene Deaton

June 12, 1960 – January 13, 2019

Larry Eugene Deaton was born on June 12, 1960 to Darwin “Dabo” Deaton and Maxine Cummings Deaton. Larry was survived by his wife, Daphne Amanda Swearingen Deaton; his son, Darris Marshall Deaton; daughter, Jocelyn Glass Burkes and husband, Andrew; son, Jordan Glass and wife, Meghan; son, Dwayne Eldridge and wife, Bevin. Larry treasured his grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He gave each one a nickname: Duely Wyatt Deaton “Dude”, Dana Elizabeth Deaton “Toog”, Charleigh Jayne Deaton “Chuck”, Paisleigh Olivia Burkes “Petunia”, Ella Grace Glass “Sweet Pea”, and Allen Wayne Eldridge “Noodle”. Larry was survived by his siblings, Sandra Gelatt and husband, Skip, John Deaton and wife, Georgia; brother-in-law, Richard Swearingen and wife, Shannon; his many nieces and nephews, Emily Clark and husband, Adam, Ryan Gelatt, Jacob Deaton, Jordan Deaton, Genna Deaton, Justin Deaton, Madison Swearingen, and Jeffrey Swearingen; and his mother-in-law, Daphne Capps. Larry volunteered as a teenager and as an adult at the Eastside Fire Department in East Baton Rouge. He lived to go fishing and hunting in Columbia, LA, J.C. Camp in Bude, MS, and Lake Mary in Woodville, MS. He was a master plumber and master gas fitter. He made many life-long friends through work, fishing, and hunting. He started his own business in 2003 and lived in Kentwood, LA. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Wednesday and from 8:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. In lieu of flowers, give money to Build The Wall. For an online guestbook, visit



James “Boe” Walter Archer, Jr.

February 18, 1942 – January 13, 2019

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at his home. He was born February 18, 1942 in Jacksonville, FL and was 76 years of age. He was a member of Beulah Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by sister, Lillie Ann Purvis, McComb, MS; nephew, Russell Lee Purvis; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by parents, James Walter Archer, Sr. and Essie Grace Archer; nephew, John Arthur Purvis. Visitation at Beulah Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Thursday, January 17, 2019. Interment Beulah Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Pray like you believe in prayers for these an other needs!

Anna Lee


Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

~Deuteronomy 31:6~





There are a number of Kentwood folks fighting big battles today.  Please say prayers for them.  Ask God to help the families stick close to Him.




Read the Bible

  • Psalm 57:1
  • Psalm 57:7-9




Pray for many of our college age students who will be beginning a new semester of college or trade school.




FBC, Greensburg started their own senior adult ministry similar to “Young at Heart” at New Zion.  Greensburg’s group is named “Just Older Youth – JOY” . Kentwood’s “Young” Ladies Birthday Party will meet January 22 at the Burger Basket in Oyska.




The associational WMU meeting will be a week from today at East Fork.  The meeting will honor WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.   The meeting will begin at 10:00, with the leadership meeting at 9:00.  A covered dish meal will be enjoyed by all at meeting.





Operation Christmas Child needs can be purchased in January.  The organization suggests  hat, scarves. and gloves for January purchases.  Of course, any items you find for a good sale price are always accepted and appreciated.  Items can be brought to my Sunday School classroom, next to thee choir room, during the week or before Sunday School.  Thanks for helping in 2019, just like you have done in all previous years.




The Youth on Mission will be collecting cans of soup the day of the Super Bowl.  The soup will be given to the Hope Center for their pantry so they can meet emergency needs.



Thanks for supporting the ministries mentioned today.

Anna Lee










“Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins—even those you do in secret.

Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless.

Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon.

You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry.” 

~Job 11:13-18 CEV~



Pray for Jimmy Mcgraw and family of Amite.  He has chosen to enter hospice and not to do chemo any more.




Charlesee Hawkins if progressing nicely with physical therapy following her hip surgery.  Please continue to pray for her.




David‘s blood level was 9.8 last week.  That is the best it has been.  Thanks for all your prayers.  We go back tomorrow. Also, some of the issues other than blood level seem to be improving.  Thank-you for your continued prayers.




Read the Bible 

  • Psalm 54:6-7
  • Psalm 56:9 & 12



This is the Lord’s Day!  Honor His day!

Anna Lee






He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.

~Psalm 40:3~



Today, we have a prayer request for Charlsee Hawkins, a classmate at AHS.  Charlsee fell yesterday morning and broke her hip.  Pray with me that her recovery time will go smoothly.



Read the Bible today – “I wills….” found in Psalms.

  • Psalm 51:6
  • Psalm 51: 13-14
  • Psalm 52:9




Make your plans to attend the associational WMU meeting a week from next Monday, January 21st at East Fork Baptist Church.  It will be the annual memorial service.




The next “Young” ladies’ birthday party will be on the 22nd at the Burger Basket, formerly Nyla’s,



Operation Christmas Child – January collections – hats, scarves, and gloves!


As I have recommended before, be a Christian encourager.

Anna Lee


22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

~Lamentations 3:22-23~




Thanks for prayers for Dayna Baker. She is out of ICU and in a regular room. I really appreciate all of you!!!




Pray for Phillip Strickland.  One of his cousins said Phillip is hospitalized in Covington.




Yesterday was seven years since Koltyn Gafford had half his brain removed to prevent his almost constant seizures.  It worked like a charm!  Thank God for all the improvement Kolton has been able to make since then.




Pray for Glen Magee, Sr. as he goes for pre-op work tomorrow and surgery Tuesday.  The surgery is tentatively set for 1 P.M.




Owen Wilkinson, the son of Shane and April, is in Children’s Hospital, New Orleans with very high sugar count.  Pray for Owen and his family as they await a diagnosis and treatment plan.




Mr. John Bond of the Gillsburg area fell.  After some stitches, he stayed overnight for observation.  Pray for the Bond family while Mr. John is recovering.




Dee Dee Stokes Gill continues to recover from the stroke she had Christmas Day.  Please keep praying for her.





Read the Bible – “I wills…. of Psalms”.

  • Psalm 43:4
  • Psalm 45:17
  • Psalm 45:3-4



Don’t forget the WMU meeting on the third Monday at East Fork Baptist Church honoring out WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.  The meeting begins at 10, but leadership will meet at 9.  A covered dish lunch will follow the meeting.  Girls who are out of school that day are invited to attend with their mothers and grandmothers.




I love to hear people say they believe in the power of prayer and say the specific time of day when they regularly pray.  Prayer is real to them!

Anna Lee