For I know the plans I have for you,”

declares the LORD,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

~Jeremiah 29:11~


Lisa Piner asked for prayer for a young child, Kyle Easley, son of Kristin and David Easley.  Baby Kyle is hospitalized at Our Lady of the Lake with RSV.  He’s a little better, but needs our continuing prayers.



James Madison Cox

December 10, 1929 – January 03, 2018

James Madison Cox, 88, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Tangi Pines Nursing Center in Amite, Louisiana. James was born December 10, 1929 to Albert Coy and Myrtle Lee (Childers) Cox in Orlando, Florida, the middle of five children. He graduated from Apopka High School in 1947.

After graduation, James began a career in retail, working at Woolworth’s in Miami, Florida, where he met his wife, Mary Jane Metz. They were married July 20, 1950.

James continued his career in retail becoming store manager for McCrory’s in Florida and South Carolina and then TG&Y stores in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. He rose to district manager and eventually moved to Oklahoma City where he became a Vice President for TG&Y stores.

After retirement from TG&Y, James and Mary Jane settled in Baker, Louisiana and opened a craft store. He eventually wrote a book about his childhood which propelled him into a new career teaching Life Writing in the Baton Rouge area.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane and his two brothers, Robert Cox and William Cox. He is survived by his daughters, Kandy (Cox) Ray and Jackie (Cox) Mull; sisters, Carolyn (Cox) Moon and Nancy (Cox) Duzyk; grandsons, Daryl Ray, Jr., Gerald Ray and James Russell Mull, Sr.; four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

No services will be held and in lieu of flowers, the family encourages anyone who wishes to remember James to donate to the American Cancer Society in his name.



Bobby Oneal Cutrer, Sr.

August 19, 1930 – January 14, 2018


A resident of Kentwood passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born August 19, 1930 in Pike County, MS and was 87 years of age. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran and a member of Tangipahoa Baptist Church. He is  survived by 2 sons, Bobby Oneal Cutrer, Jr. and wife, Dorothy, Kentwood and Robert Earl Cutrer and wife, Ramona, Lake Jackson, TX; 4 grandchildren, Laura Beck and husband, Ed, Debbie Tarver, Robert McGuire, Jr. and Robby Cutrer and wife, Katie; sister, Katherine Sims, Grand Isle. Preceded in death by parents, Fleet and Maeola Bond Cutrer; brother, Roger Cutrer. Visitation at Tangipahoa Baptist Church from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Greg Stewart. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Larry Gene Edwards

March 06, 1946 – January 14, 2018


A resident of Kentwood passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. He was born March 6, 1946 in Amite and was 71 years of age. He is survived by  wife of 50 years, Brenda Falgout Edwards; children, Larry Edwards, Jr. and wife, Delisa, Lynda Edwards Newman and husband, Reese, Keith Edwards and wife, Lynette, and Kelly Edwards Rainey and husband, Marcus; grandchildren, Cody Edwards and wife, Hayley, Kyle and Courtney Edwards, Shay and Cheyenne Warren, Jacob Newman and wife, Haylea, and Casey Newman, Allison, Russell and Elizabeth Edwards, Miranda and Mackenna Rainey; great-grandchildren, Baylor Newman and Ryleigh Edwards; sister, Nan Edwards Welch and husband, Johnny; brother, Joey Edwards; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Charles Lewis Edwards, Sr. and Yuvonne Bond Edwards; siblings, James Russell “Rusty” Edwards, Charles Lewis Edwards, Jr., Michael Walter Edwards, Jackie Lynn Edwards Stilley, and Donald Earl Edwards. Visitation at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Services conducted by Bro. Larry Blades, Bro. Randel Camardelle, and Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Twin Oaks Cemetery, Wilmer. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.



One more obituary:  Leslie Bethel, formerly of Kentwood and Roseland, passed away.  Her cousin said she was thankful to have seen Leslie Saturday night for a birthday celebration.  I’ll post an obituary when one becomes available.




We had a very good WMU meeting yesterday honoring three ladies who had been active in WMU who were “called home” during 2017.  Dr. Ernest Graham presented a good message about how family influences our love of missions and serving God.




Sunday, I was pleased when two ladies handed me calendars for the inmates at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.  I hope you have to extra calendars to share too.  If not, they are easily available and probably reduced in price by now.  The calendars should have staples, not spiral rings.  Keep you eyes open for 2018 calendars!




Read the Bible

  • Genesis 45-47
  • Psalm 7
  • Matthew 14




Third Thursday Gathering at the Cabin – cancelled for this week!



Stay warm and dry.  Check on someone who might need some help.

Anna Lee