I’ve been having problems with internet connectivity, so this will be short.


“They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.

By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” 

~1 Timothy 6:18-19 NLT~


David Bert Gray, CDR, SC, USN, Ret., 71, of Five Forks Road, died July 23, 2018. A native of Amite, LA, he was a retired Navy officer and CPA, and a member of New Branch Community Church in Windsor. CDR Gray said he already experienced heaven on earth starting with the day he met his loving wife Vickie. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Victoria M. Gray; sons, CDR David B. Gray II (Christy) of Pickerington, OH, Jonathan Gray (Meredith) of Norfolk, VA; and daughters, Mary Shriver (Scott) of Charlottesville, Amy Rowe of Norfolk, and Lindsay Schrader (Paul) of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Sarah, Colby, Gabrielle, Andrew, Emily, Bryan and Cohen; sisters, Terry Voight of Amite, LA, Vera Brennan (Paul) of Kingston, NY; and brother, Lee Gray (Patsy) of Amite, LA. The family would like to thank the outstanding professionals of Sentara Obici and Norfolk General Hospital for their exceptional care for Bert while he was struggling with his various ailments over the last couple of years. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 30, at 10:30 AM in New Branch Community Church, Windsor, VA by Pastor John Hunter. Burial will be in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the or Lion’s Club of Windsor, VA.



Esther Alford Campbell

September 21, 1939 – July 25, 2018

Esther Alford Campbell,78, passed away July 25, 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

Visitation will be Monday July 30, 2018 from 9:00 AM  until services at 11:00 AM at New Zion Baptist Church in Kentwood.   Bro. Robert “Bob” Simpson will officiate. Private burial will be in East Fork Cemetery in Amite, Co.  Hartman Jones Funeral Home in McComb will be in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Campbell was born September 21, 1939 in New Orleans, to Johnny P. Alford and Nannie Lea Frazier Alford.

Esther was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.  She attended Jefferson Baptist  Church in Baton Rouge.  She was a native of St. Helena Parish, but a resident of Baton Rouge, LA.  She loved living in the city, but she was most comfortable spending time at the camp in Mississippi.  She spent many hours watching the deer and the birds.  She loved life and her family.  She will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved her.

Mrs. Campbell was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Clifton Campbell of Baton Rouge; her daughter and son-in-law, Debra Lynn Campbell Portier and Thomas of Roseland, LA; a brother and sister-in-law, Johnny Alford and Beverly of Baton Rouge, LA; two grandchildren, Ashley Adamson and her husband Jeremy and Aaron Portier; three great grandchildren, Liam, Collin and Ashlynn Adamson; a nephew, Parrish Alford and his wife Laurie of Tupelo, MS; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be:  Tom Portier, Aaron Portier, Parrish Alford, Kyle Alford, Jeremy Adamson, Liam Adamson.

Honorary pallbearer will be Collin Adamson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Zion Baptist Church in Kentwood ,  3841 LA-38, Kentwood, LA 70444 or East Fork Baptist Church, 4505 N Greensburg Rd; Smithdale.



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 7
  • Job 34
  • Phil. 1



Pray to our services tomorrow.  Plan to be a part of Sunday School and worship.  Invite someone to attend.


Thank God for watching over us during these very hot days.  May we be alert to those who have special needs during these days of extreme heat.  Be thankful He is sending rain this weekend.



I’m looking forward to sharing a little about Operation Christmas Child Sunday.  This is the Franklin Graham organization that distributes shoe boxes all around the world.  I’m so thrilled we have an opportunity to send gifts and giving children an opportunity to learn about Jesus to so many children.  If you need to learn more or have any questions about packing, shipping, places the boxes are send, etc., please ask me.  My personal goal is always to pack as many as I can.  I do this by collecting, packing, collecting, and packing.  You get the idea.



There are many with various needs due to sicknesses and deaths.  Address each one as God leads you to.  Also, spiritual needs abound.  Pray for these situations and act as God leads you to.

Anna Lee