You will keep in perfect peace

those whose minds are steadfast,

because they trust in you.

~Isaiah 26:3~


Larry Bankston had a heart procedure yesterday.  It went well.  After staying last night, if all continued to go well, Larry will be able to leave Cypress Point and go home.



Josiah Huckaby – Recent Updates

January 8

Update: Josiah’s surgery will be next Wednesday.

We had a care conference Friday about Josiah and what our steps are for getting to bring him home. Josiah is going to need a trach since he is having some trouble weaning down to the home oxygen settings. He will be able to come home on as much oxygen as he needs with the trach. Also, they think he has some upper airway obstruction (big tongue, small mouth, narrow airway) so the trach will bypass that until he grows enough for those things not to be an issue for him. This will be a long term temporary deal (probably a couple of years). ENT called today and he will most likely have surgery Wednesday. We definitely feel this is the best thing for him. It will be a long tough road but will be so worth it to have him home. We are praising God for the opportunity to get him home soon. He is the toughest little boy & I’m constantly amazed at how he continues to fight & improve daily. Also, several people have been asking about Josiah’s medical bills. His bills are 100% the agency’s responsibility until the adoption is finalized…just one more way God has provided!!! A huge thanks to everyone for your prayers and for all the help with gas/food money as we have traveled back and forth from Memphis over the last 10 months!!! We have the most amazing family, friends, church family, & support system ever!

January 17

5:26 pm: Josiah made it back from surgery around 3:30 pm. It took them a lot less time than they originally told us it would take. Everything went great! He is back in his room resting & will slowly be weaned off the vent as his body allows. They are taking extra precautions to try to prevent a pulmonary hypertension crisis…so he’s getting a few extra meds & is on low stimulation orders for the next few days. Thanks for all the prayers before & during surgery! Hopefully he will continue to do great & they can start weaning his sedation within the next couple of days. God is so good!!! (Sorry it took so long for the update. It took a little while to make sure our immediate family was update & all of his initial assessments were done.) 😊

1:40 pm: They just took him back to prep for surgery.

9:45 am: Today Josiah will be having surgery to get his trach put in. This is going to help with his respiratory needs. He is at a higher risk for this surgery because of his respiratory issues but our amazing team is doing everything they can to be prepared for any possibility today! He is on the schedule for 3pm but there is a possibility it could be earlier if any of the outpatients cancel because of the weather. It is about an hour long surgery & he will be gone for about 2 hrs total. Thanks for the prayers! God is good! 😊


January 18

God is so good!!! Josiah seems to be doing good so far. The first 24 hours post-op are behind us. Praying he continues to do good!



Betty Istre Phillips Lawyer

August 25, 1930 – January 14, 2018

Betty Lawyer died on January 14th, 2018 at Provision Assisted Living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She suffered from dementia and simply expired from old age.

She was born Betty Jane Istre on August the 25th of 1930 in Jennings, Louisiana. She was thpe fourth of six children born to Jack and Lily Istre. She grew up in Jennings, Louisiana. After graduating Jennings High School in 1947, she attended a business school and then worked as a secretary.

She met Neal Phillips as he was passing through the Jennings Church of Christ as part of a missionary team. They married on September 15th of 1953 and were steadfast in their marriage until his untimely death in January of 1990. She and Neal had three sons: David born in September of 1955, Dwayne born in November of 1958, and Dennis born in 1962. Neal Phillips was a Minister of the Gospel. They moved among Church of Christ congregations and lived in Mobile, Alabama, Gallatin, Tennessee, Dallas, Texas, Cardiff, California, and Independence, Louisiana.

After Neal’s death, she married Kenneth Lawyer, also a Minister of the Gospel, in 1992. They were married until his death in 2002.

She is survived by her sister Jeannette Mesh of Lake Charles, Louisiana as well as her sons David with wife Emily in Ellisville, Mississippi, Dwayne with wife Karen in Reston, Virginia, and Dennis in Independence, Louisiana. She is also survived by five grandchildren (Susan Phillips Rogers, and Seth, James, Nathan, and Adam Phillips) several step grandchildren, and four great grandchildren (James, Leah, Olin, and Stephen Phillips).

First and foremost, Betty was a Christian. Raised in the love of the Lord and the study of the Bible at the Jennings Church of Christ, she married two preachers and was faithful in the duties of “the preacher’s wife” teaching children’s Bible classes for several generations and encouraging others in the work of the Lord.

Betty loved her grandchildren. She always took them into her Sunday school class whenever they visited her. A great joy of her life was knowing that they had all chosen to follow God and had been baptized.

Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018, and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018. Services conducted by Bro. Dale Ziebarth. Interment Loranger Cemetery, Loranger, LA. For an online guestbook, visit


Leslie Bethel

June 19, 1976 – January 15, 2018

A resident of Prairieville passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018. She was born June 19, 1976 in Hammond and was 41 years of age. She was a graduate of Amite High School in 1994 and Southeastern Louisiana University in 1998. She received a Master’s of Elementary Administrations and Supervisor Degree in 2001. She was a Kindergarten teacher at Pecan Grove Primary in Gonzales. She is survived by her wife, Marla Cutrer; sister, Rachel O’Brian and husband, Ray; niece, Lacey O’Brian; nephew, Ethan O’Brian; and aunt and uncle, Sharon and Greg Corkern. Preceded in death by her mother, Joan Hagan; grandparents, Aubrey and Betty Bethel; and 2 uncles, David and Leslie Bethel. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Sunday, and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018. Interment Arcola Roseland Cemetery, Roseland. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible

  • Exodus 3-4
  • Proverbs 8
  • Matthew 16


Friday Morning Bible Study WILL meet at 10:00 at FBC, Kentwood.  Come learn about the “dry bones”.

Anna Lee