I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

~2 Timothy 4:7~



Josiah Huckaby

Update: Seems like little man has accomplished so much since my last update 2 1/2 weeks ago. The original plan was to start CPAP trials but they decided to just swap him completely to CPAP…he did amazing! He has been weaned off of all of his IV sedation and now we are working on weaning his oral sedation meds. Last Thursday (2/15/18), it was mentioned we could start discussing home planning! They decided they wanted to start trach collar trials this week, which is more like him getting regular oxygen without the extra support of the CPAP or vent. After our doctor talked to pulmonary, they both felt it would be safer to send Josiah home on a vent instead of pushing him to go home on a trach collar. He has a bad record of doing really well with changes at first but after some time he gets worn out and tanks. They were afraid we would get home with the trach collar and this would happen. So the decision was made to not do the trach collar trials and to go straight to a home vent (which will also help us get home a little faster)…they swapped him over to that yesterday afternoon. He has to be on the hospital issued home vent for 2 weeks with no changes (and his vent settings have to be at or below a certain number…he is very close and we only have 1 setting to work on as of right now) before they will swap him to the vent he will come home with. He will then have to be on our home vent for a certain amount of time before coming home. I’m actually a bit relieved that he will be coming home on the vent…this way he can take his time with the extra support he needs and we will work on weaning it from home. We are very excited about the progress he has made and the fact that “coming home” is actually a part of our vocabulary now…😉! Our prayer is that they will be able to find his “sweet spot” on the vent as quickly as possible and that he doesn’t get sick!!! He had a stomach bug over the weekend that we thought was going to set him back again but he did so well recovering from it. Also, we are now able to start our trach training as well…we are a bit nervous but definitely ready to jump in there and get this show on the road! And last thing, Josiah will be 1 in 2 weeks…so we are busy planning his hospital birthday party! YAY! He also has 2 teeth that have finally broken through and he’s weighing in at a whopping 21 lbs 4 oz now. Sorry for the long update, but there’s a lot of exciting things going on in the Huckaby house!!! To God be the glory!!!

Let’s keep praying for Job, K.K., and Josiah.



Mike Woodard is the brother of a friend.  He got sick and was taken to the hospital yesterday with serious issues.  His is at North Oaks in a step-down room.  He is septic and needs our prayers.




This morning the the Ladies’ Brunch at Hillsdale Baptist Church at 10 A.M.  We will learn about needs at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s home and how we can help.




If you have any partial skeins of yarn you will not be using, please leave them in the red basket at the main entrance to FBC, Kentwood.  They will be used for Operation Christmas Child projects.




Tuesday, we will meet at 11 at The Cafe for lunch and to celebrate ladies who have had birthdays this new year.  All ladies are invited to join us.




Baptist Press




Friday Morning Bible Study – We have one more week of Ezekiel.  Then, we will begin Romans,  The beginning of a new book is the perfect time to commit yourself to attending a Bible study.



Read the Bible

  • Numbers 4-6
  • Proverbs 24
  • Mark 16



Pray for the many families who have had deaths lately and for individuals who need to make a decision to allow Jesus in their hearts.

Anna Lee


Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

~Isaiah 40:30-31~



Ken Roberts is doing well following a heart transplant.  The medical staff will try again today to get him off the vent.  The doctor is pleased with Ken’s progress.



Patricia E. Wilkinson

January 21, 1933 – February 21, 2018

Patricia E. Wilkinson, a resident of Hillsdale, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2018. She was born January 21, 1933 in Georgeville, LA  and was 85 years of age. She is survived by her children, Debbie R. Justilian and husband, Lester, Vicki Hardin and husband, Randy, Caywood Babb and wife, Patricia, Patti Massi and husband, Pete, and Vicki Bryant and husband, Jimmy; grandchildren, Emilie Nettles, Kevin Wilkinson, Bryan Babb, Tricia Bryant, Jonathan Bryant, Caylynn Cutrer, James Babb, Owen Babb, Peyton Babb and Caylah Engelhardt; great grandchildren, McKay Wilkinson, Bryant Hayden, Colby Babb, Carly Babb, Emma Dawson, Emma Cutrer, and Ella Cutrer; and her sister, Kaye Matthews. Preceded in death by her parents, James Quinn Evans and Emma B. Evans; granddaughter, Rachel Rushing, aand her sisters and brother, Virginia Lowe, Mary Jo Worthey and Robert D. Lowe. Visitation at Amite Pentecostal Church from 12 Noon until religious services at 2 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Paul Dickson and Rev. Colin McClendon. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible

  • Numbers 1-3
  • Proverbs 23
  • Mark 15



Bible Study

  • This morning at 10 A.M.
  • Ezekiel 45-46
  • Next week – Ezekiel 47-48
  • Then, Romans



Don’t forget the Ladies’ Brunch tomorrow morning at Hillsdale Baptist Church at 10 A.M.



There are many individuals around us in need for prayer for church attendance, salvation, health issues, deaths in the family, daily needs, etc.  Let’s not fail to pray for them and to do more depending on the need and our situation.

Anna Lee


Look to the LORD and his strength;

seek his face always.

~1 Chronicles 16:11~




I have a lot to share…

  • Mrs. Ferrie Gene Blackmon is progressing and will soon begin physical therapy.
  • Coach Elton Shaw is home with the flu and shingles.
  • Glen Magee, Sr. had an angiogram that determined a blockage where a stent in not possible.  He may need surgery.
  • Mr. I.W. Simmons‘ cancer is back and inoperable.  He will begin hospice care tomorrow.  Your visits and prayers are welcomed.
  • Last night, Ken Roberts‘ was doing well following his heart transplant.  Keep praying.
  • Lacie Marie Randall, 17 years old of Albany, Louisiana, received her angel wings on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Greensburg, Louisiana. She was born on Monday, June 5, 2000, in Hammond. She became a child of God and was baptized by her grandfather, Elder Marshall Wallace on November 8, 2010. She was an active member of Landmark Baptist Church. Lacie was a current Senior at Albany High School scheduled to graduate in May. She was focused on the future by completing an EMT licensing through Albany High and was recently accepted into LSU for the fall semester to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing.  Lacie was welcomed in Heaven by her father, Jason Randall and our Heavenly Father.  Lacie is survived by her loving mom, and also her twin, Shantel Thomas Williams and dad, Tim Williams; her brother, whom she loved dearly, Landon Williams; maternal grandparents, Karen Vial Hodges and Ken Hodges; paternal grandparents, Melissa “Missie” Wallace and Elder Marshall Wallace, Rhonda DiMaggio Williams, and Larry and Karen Williams; great grandmother Katherine Volpi Vial; Lacie’s Uncles and Aunts Jonathan Thomas, Rick And Cassie Thomas, Jabbo Wallace, Renee Rioux, Carla Wallace, Josh and Kristin Williams, Larry and Shannon Williams, and Coley Williams; the three little nephews who she loved as her own, Tristan Thomas, Logan and Lathan Williams; three friends from her childhood, Miranda Fernandez, Emily McCarrol, and Laniey Hoyt; and numerous Great Aunts and Uncles, Cousins and Friends who will deeply miss her.

    She is also preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Rick Thomas; great-grandparents, Anne Mastrapolito, Inez “Nezzie” Randall, Erwin Hotard Vial and James “Jimmy” Thomas.

    Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service in the chapel of Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Marvin Poole officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and Saturday morning from 11:00 am until the service time of 1:00 pm.

    Interment will follow in Rose Memorial Park Cemetery, Hammond, Louisiana.

    To view and sign the family guest book, please visit

  • Rev. Billy Graham
  • Our friends, Dr. and Mrs. John W. (“Bro. Chip”) Sloan will be honored Sunday night for 30 years of service as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of King’s Mountain, North Carolina.  His first (of three) churches was Roseland Baptist Church!  Our Jennie called him “Chocolate Chip” the first night she met him!  Jennie was about three years old at the time.


Read the Bible

  • Leviticus 26-27
  • Psalm 23
  • Mark 14


Today is a wonderful day for prayer and actions.

Anna Lee

Wednesday Addition

Ken Roberts‘ heart replacement surgery went well.  It started about 4 A.M. and just finished.  The family said Ken looks well.  Keep praying for the whole family.

The Lacie Randall who died in an automobile acccident is from a family we have know for many generations.  Please pray for them.  Lacie’s wake will be Friday night and celebration of life will be Saturday at McKneely’s in Hammond.

Lacie’s obituary is not available yet, but in looking for it, I found the obituary for the SLU faculty member/teacher I worked for while a student at SLU.  She was a great teacher and a wonderful person!



Georgia Pierson Russell

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.” — Proverbs 31:25

Georgia Pierson Russell was born on November 5, 1929, to Judge Allen B. Pierson, Sr., and Mary Dean Smith Pierson of Ponchatoula and died at her home in Hammond on Monday, February 19, 2018. She was a model of grace and elegance in all that she did.  Her family, her work, and her walk with Christ reflected her quiet resolve, dignity, and strength of character.

Mrs. Russell received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, and later earned a Master of Science from Louisiana State University. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an instructor in the Department of Home Economics (Family and Consumer Science) at Southeastern teaching Fashion Merchandising, Tailoring, and Interior Design after having taught at Ponchatoula High School. Mrs. Russell’s strong belief in education was evident in the number of individuals she encouraged and mentored.

First Presbyterian Church in Hammond was her church home, and she served as a key contributor to the interior beautification of the Presbytere. Mrs. Russell was also well-known for her skills as a couture seamstress, and she took great pride in her longtime association with the Round Table of Hammond, of which she was one of twelve members.

Mrs. Russell is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Marsha Christopher and husband Sam of Irving, Texas, and Mrs. Nan Horton of Ponchatoula; grandchildren Laura Christopher Orgeron and husband Brian, Kyle Russell Clements and fiancée Diana Ivanov, Sarah Grace Russell, and Abigail Hope Russell; great-grandchildren Alyssa Russell and Brayden Orgeron; brother Allen B. Pierson, Jr., and wife Juanita; sister Elizabeth Pierson Riggs and husband Paul; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and former daughter-in-law, Amy Russell of Ponchatoula.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Dr. Walter L. Russell, Sr.; her son, Walter L. Russell, Jr.; her daughter, Mary Belle Russell; her father, Judge Allen B. Pierson, Sr.; her mother, Mary Dean Smith Pierson; her “second mother” Marguerite Powell Pierson; and sisters Mary Lou Pierson Scott and Nan Pierson Simmons.

The family of Mrs. Russell wishes to extend their appreciation to her caregiver, Ella R.Milton, for the love and devotion that she showed to Mrs. Russell for the last several years. The family also extends appreciation to Antoinette Hart and Georgia’s caregivers for their devotion.

The family suggests donations to First Presbyterian Church or Southeastern Scholarship Fund for Dr. Walter L. Russell.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Visitation on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm & Thursday, February 22, 2018, 9:00 am until the Funeral Service at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church Hammond, 411 W. Charles St., Hammond, Louisiana 70401.

Interment will follow in Ponchatoula Cemetery, Ponchatoula, Louisiana.



I’m sure you have heard Rev. Billy Graham passed away this morning.  I just heard there will be a private burial.  Wow, what a life he live as he helped so many learn about God’s love and plan of salvation.  Can you visualize him walking to the microphone and saying “For God so loved the world….”?


“Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends.

Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.”

~Luke 16:9 NLT~


Debbi Miller Wilkinson (Amite)

Wanna thank EVERYONE for their prayers and sweet comments . MD Anderson update : God not only showed up He showed out , as I type this text I am crying , because I am overwhelmed by His love and faithfulness, I know He is using this walk I am walking for His glory not mine … (but for my testimony and my story to share with others of His great healing power …. Praising Him Always as I had a sufficient amount of shrinkage and stability of the tumors and Everyone on my case was very happy and overwhelmed with these results 😊 please keep the prayers coming they are working 🙏🏼. I love you all …. ZsaZsa 🤪



Ann Lane (Amite)

As most of you know I will be moving to Houma on the 3rd of March. I will not have Facebook or email for a few days ,will catch up when I do get back on line. Packing ,seventeen boxes so far,more to come. The move is bitter sweet,now that Mike is no longer here with me,to sad to be in the same surrondings. I know the move will not remove the hurt I feel at his passing. I resently realized I am a tweener,not in my old life, not in my new life,somewhere inbetween,believe me not a good place to be. Love all my friends and family that has been so supportive. Keep in touch!




Gail Morris Miller Smith (Tennessee)

Update on Gigi- Gail Smith. She wants me to tell everyone thank you for your prayers and sweet messages. We are all sad that the cancer has returned that was in remission. It is growing again in her right lung and a mass has formed on her back near her spine. She will undergo 15 treatments of radiation to hopefully shrink the cancer so it doesn’t cause her to become paralyzed. The mass is also causing fluid to build up in her lungs. This is the biggest issue at the moment because she can’t breathe well. She is on oxygen 24-7 and they are discussing ways to put a catheter in her side to drain the fluid in her right lung. That may not be the medical term for it but basically is what they are discussing. The hospice facility will be the next step. This is the hardest part of the journey for Melanie, Eddie and myself. To see our loving mother, our last living parent, to slowly slip away. Thank you all for fighting this fight with us! Much love- Gail/Gigi, Robin, Melanie & Eddie❤️ (Written by Robin M. Jordon)


Jeffrey Brister (Roseland)

Please keep my brother Jeff Brister in your prayers. He’s going back into surgery tomorrow to have a procedure done on his knee. If all goes well, and we are believing that it will, it should be out patient. Thanks (Written by Leticia Brister)


Mr. I. W. Simmons (Line Creek)

 Here is what I can’t tell you. He has a large mass in his stomach region ( too large for them to get an actual measurement) it is growing by the day and started affecting his breathing a couple of weeks ago, which was a sign something was wrong. It is now restricting his food from going down. The mass is inoperable and cemo is out of the question. He has an appt tomorrow with oncologist to see if radiation is an option to get some relief. I ask for prayers that Papa will be pain free during this chapter in his life and for our family patiences and strength. The Lord knows what lies ahead and I pray he prepares each of us for what that is. Friends I’ve ask for a lot of prayer request over the years. Y’all have always come thru. I have felt lifted and a blanket of mercy and grace placed over me. I thx y’all for that. This will be a tough time in our lives but with Gods love and your prayers we will arise victorious (Written by Ginger Simmons)



Ken Roberts was scheduled for a heart transplant about midnight last night.  Let’s pray for Ken and his family as they go through this procedure they have waited for so long.  Pray for other family members as they honor Mr. A.W. Reed’s life today in Kentwood.


Stacy Lynn Pittman (New Zion)

June 19, 1985 – February 19, 2018
Stacy Lynn Pittman, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018. She was born June 19, 1985 in McComb, MS and was 32 years of age. She is survived by her 4 children, Lana Day, Kingston Guilliams, and Castin and Auna Pittman; father, Shelton “Red” Pittman; sister, Leslie Lord and husband, Robert Glen Lord; 2 nephews and 1 niece, Maddox Williams, and Cale and Harper Lord; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by her mother, Terri Redmond Pittman; and her grandparents, Lanis Wales, Jr., Sylvia Wales,  William C. Pittman and Elaine Pittman. Visitation at New Zion Baptist Church, Kentwood,  from 9 AM until religious services at 1 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Gibbie McMillan. Interment Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Greensburg. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible 

  • Leviticus 23-25
  • Proverbs 22
  • Mark 13



Don’t forget the ladies brunch at Hillsdale Baptist Church Saturday.  Be sure to RSVP by Thursday noon.



I’m looking forward to Children’s Mission Class at FBC, Kentwood tonight at 6 P.M.

Anna Lee





My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets.

In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty.

~Malachi 1:11~



Mrs. Ferrie Gene Blackmon‘s surgery went well at OLOL yesterday. She’s in room 6105. It’s time for physical therapy to begin.  Keep her in your prayers.



Pray for the members of New Zion Baptist Church as they regularly host numerous funeral services.  May they be great witnesses for the Lord in each situation.




Last Saturday, we used MANY gallon, quart, and snack size zipper type bags as we packed items for Operation Christmas Child.  If you have fabric scraps, that would also be helpful.  We could use felt and craft foam as well as lots of pony beads.  We also need sewing items, especially tape measurers which have been hard to find.  As you pack your boxes this year, think of themes – Disney, tractors, fishing, cooking, sewing, handyman tools, baseball, basketball, football, etc.   Can you tell, OCC excitement is in the air already?  Any items you have to share can be left in the large red basket in the entryway at church.




Read the Bible

  • Leviticus 21-22
  • Psalm 22
  • Mark 12



Share Jesus though word or deed this week.

Anna Lee







Monday Additions

Mr. I. W. Simmons is not feeling well.  Please add him to your prayer list if he is not already there.


Arthur Warren “A.W.” Reed

November 03, 1934 – February 17, 2018
A.W. Reed passed away on February 17, 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge at the age of 83. Born and Raised in Bastrop, Louisiana, he attended Bastrop High School and graduated from LA Tech with a B.S. in Forestry. With his degree he became a certified forester in Louisiana and Mississippi for almost 50 years and was a member of the Louisiana Forestry Association, along with the Tangipahoa Parish and St. Helena Parish Forestry Associations. Along with this he owned and operated a retail business in Kentwood for 10 years, was an active member in the Kentwood United Methodist Church, a member of the Kentwood Rotary Club, and the Louisiana Athletic Foundation. He had a passion for outdoors and sports, most importantly baseball. Many know him of coaching little league baseball for many years. Passionate about his career, he began by buying and selling timber. In the later years, he cared and managed timberlands for numerous families in the state of Louisiana. He leaves behind wife of 46 years, Sandy McGehee Reed; son, John Brent Reed and wife, Tara; daughter, Cynthia Reed Miller; and son, Ken Roberts  and wife, Kasey. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Blair Easley Widas and husband, Clay, Michael Preston Roberts, Reed Nelson Miller, Darby Blanche Miller, Halle Jane Roberts, Tess Elizabeth Miller, Regan Layne Reed, and Kassidy Warrick.  He is preceded in death by his father, Carl Foglesong Reed Sr. and mother, Rose Mizell Reed along with his children: daughter, Melissa Reed Easley, son, Gregory Winter Reed, daughter, Lainey Carol Reed ,step-son,  Russell Preston Roberts; brother, Carl Foglesong Reed, Jr. and sister, Dorthey Reed Hodge. Visitation at Kentwood United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Percy Frazier. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. Pallbearers will be Bryan Spears, Earl Peek, Earl Walls, Van Easley, Preston Roberts, and Reed Miller. Honorary Pallbearers will be Carlton Faller, Ray Ydarraga, Bob Stollenwerck, Bruce Harrell, Jamie Spears, and Phil Connerly. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Mary Beth Magee

February 14, 1942 – February 17, 2018

Mary Beth Magee, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018. She was born February 14, 1942 in Garner, TX and was 76 years of age. She is survived by her son, Rick Baker and wife, Richie; daughter, Ronda Bales and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Addy Baker, Anthony DiPalma, Travis DiPalma, Conner Bales, Chantel Babin and husband, Jacob; great grandchildren, Dryston and Bethani DiPalma, and one on the way, Jake Babin; 2 foster children, Joshua and Kristen Baker; sister, Margaret Hosman; brother, James Threatt and wife, Bernice; and 10 nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Glen Magee; parents, James Arthur Threatt and Ina Odessa Threatt Voth; stepfather, John Voth; nieces, Barbara Threatt Pounds; and nephew, Jeff Baker. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from  12 Noon until religious services at 2 PM Thursday, February 22, 2018. Services conducted by Pastor Jeff McKneely. Interment Bolivar Cemetery, Bolivar. For an online guestbook, visit