“Don’t just pretend to love others.

Really love them.

Hate what is wrong.

Hold tightly to what is good.

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”

 ~Romans 12:9-10 NLT~



Pray for David as we seek to see a doctor in Hammond today.   David has had  more company lately.  He is certainly enjoying seeing his friends.




These two funerals, in addition to the Crawford funeral, will make it three funerals Saturday at 11 A.M. in our area.


Julius Kent Raiford

September 28, 1930 – January 31, 2019

Julius Kent Raiford, age, 88 a native of Ponchatoula and long-time resident of Arcola died peacefully at home on January 31, 2019. He was a Korean War Veteran who served as a Corporal in the United States Army. He returned to Ponchatoula to become a strawberry farmer. After farming, he began working for the United States Department of Agriculture. Eventually, he became an investigator for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act. In 1964, he married Floyce Bracey Houeye and they resided in Arcola where he enjoyed his hobby of raising produce. He was a loving husband and father. After 34 years of service, he retired in 1993 from the U.S.D.A. He enjoyed his hobbies and being an Elder in the Amite-Arcola Presbyterian Church. Floyce passed away in 2012. In 2016, he married Joyce Jenkins Doody, and they continued to reside in Arcola. He is preceded in death by his parents, Corrine and Carlos Raiford; 1 sister, 5 brothers, and his first wife. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Raiford; his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Simeon Bankston. He has 2 grandchildren and their families: Tiffany and Brad Currier and their children, Turner and Tate; Tabitha and Jesse Blades and their daughter, Halle. Also, step-children: Roger and Leigh Doody and their sons, Cameron and Connor; and Tracie and Robert Coon and their children, Caitlin, Mary Rogers, and Will. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and church family as he served as an Elder in the church for many years. The family would like to express our gratitude to his sitter, Gloria Williams, and New Century Hospice. Their excellent care and compassion during his final illness is greatly appreciated. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Hawley Wolfe. Interment in Arcola-Roseland Cemetery. For an online guestbook, visit





Doris Hutchinson Travis

August 25, 1926 – January 30, 2019

A limb has fallen from our family tree. On the afternoon of January 30, 2019, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother was reunited with our heavenly father. She was 92 years old and a life long resident of the Pine Ridge Community in St. Helena Parish. She retired from the St. Helena Parish Health Unit with 40 years of service where she prided herself on helping many people in the community. Her love of family and friends brought much joy to her life. Nanny’s longevity could be attributed to her time shared with her children, grandchildren, and especially her great grandchildren. She was a true farmer’s wife, who loved all things on the farm, the rye grass and cows, her beautiful rose garden, and feeding the hummingbirds. She was a wonderful cook who shared many recipes, but her favorite was her “Nanny Cake”. Her legacy includes family functions, Easter Egg Hunts, seafood gumbo, pool parties, and dove hunts. She is survived by her children, Terry and Dell Travis, Betty and Lynn Day, and Marilyn Taylor; her grandchildren and spouses, Melissa Day, Travis Day, Ryan and Beth Travis, Anna Maria and Trey Bullinger, Courtney and Michael Passman, and Holly Travis Chaney; her great grandchildren, Blase and Bella Taylor, Emma and John Travis Day, George Taylor and Lawson Bullinger, Michael Charles and Dayne Passman, Alice and Georgia Travis, Cierra, Candace, Chelsea, and Carley James, and Courtney Alexander, Sean and Sarah Kimball, Reagan Kimball, and Mattie Chaney; special friend, Jenny Dawson. Reunited in heaven with her husband of 64 years, Clyde “Billy” Travis, son in law, Randy Taylor grandchildren, Angela Kimball, Brantley Taylor, and Brent Travis; parents, Cleon and Mattie Smith Hutchinson; and a brother, Cleon Hutchinson Jr. Visitation will be Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6:00PM until 9:00M at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, 3893 Hwy 440, Kentwood, LA. Visitation will resume on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM. Dr. Rev. Michael Townsend will be conducting the services. Interment will follow in Pine Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Terry Travis, Travis Day, John Travis Day, Ryan Travis, Blase Taylor, Trey Bullinger, George Taylor Bullinger, Lawson Bullinger, Michael Passman, Michael Charles Passman, Dayne Passman, and Sean Kimball.

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother.”




Read the Bible today.

Each daily Scripture Writing takes ten minutes to copy.  Commit to spending ten minutes each day listening to God’s voice as yo simply copy these texts out of your Bible.

Feb. 1 – Mark 12:28-31




Pray for those listed here today and other you may know of who were not listed.

Anna Lee