“People ought to enjoy every day of their lives,

no matter how long they live.” 

~Ecclesiastes 11:8 NCV~




Vernon E Crotwell

JULY 11, 1948 ~ OCTOBER 30, 2019 (AGE 71)


Mr. Vernon Crotwell, age 71, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  Visitation will be held Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm and Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 12:00pm until 1:45pm at Ott and Lee Funeral Services, in Morton, MS with services following at 2:00pm in Ott and Lee Services Chapel.  Officiating will be Reverend Earl Clark and Reverend Gary Wyatt.  Burial will follow at Independence Methodist Cemetery, in Morton, MS.

Vernon was born July 11, 1948 in Morton, MS.  He graduated from Morton High School in 1966.  He then attended East Central Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Delta State College.  Vernon was a kicker for the Morton Panthers and went on to kick for the East Central Warriors.  One of his most memorable football moments was kicking the winning extra point for the Panthers against the Bearcats his senior season.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Bobbye R. and Frank Duncan and stepson, Derek Hudson.  Vernon is survived by his wife, Linda Crotwell of Morton, MS; his sons, Stan Crotwell of Forest, MS and Steven (Christy) Crotwell of Morton, MS; stepdaughter, Gera (Vince) Bynum of Morton, MS; sister, Becky (Cooper) Beard of Morton, MS; grandsons, Nicholas Crotwell and Hudson Bynum; granddaughters, Madison, Ema, Julia, Kimberly, and Katie Crotwell, Macy and Alley Hudson, and Adrian Hall; nieces, Jessica Burkes and Jerami Earls; nephew, Duncan Beard.

After graduating college, Vernon returned to Morton to assist coaching the Panthers before moving to Amite, LA, where he coached the Jackets of Oak Forest Academy.  In 1976, he became an insurance agent for Farm Bureau until his retirement in 2013.  Throughout his successful insurance career, he amassed numerous awards and honors.

Vernon was a strong supporter of education and athletics.  He served many years as president of the Morton Panther Booster Club.  He also served 29 years on the Board of Trustees for East Central Community College.

Vernon had a great love of the outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting the woods of Caney Creek and Vicksburg with his uncles, cousins, and his boys.  You could even catch him hunting with a granddaughter or two.

This time of year , filled with family and football, was a favorite for Vernon.  He could be found cheering on the Panthers, the Ole Miss Rebels, and his grandson at ERA.  Papaw, as his family knew him, loved his Nana and they together loved being surrounded by their many children and grandchildren.

In his later years, Vernon enjoyed talking politics and drinking coffee with the best guys in town at Sam’s Diner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Butch McLemore, Charlie Stroud, John Callahan, Buford Palmer, Tommy Harrell, Gaines Massey, Bert Atkison, Bobby Mitchner, Bill Rogers, and Billy Frank Alford.

Pallbearers will be Duncan Beard, Hudson Bynum, Vince Bynum, Nicholas Crotwell, Tom Geter, James (Spunky) Hawkins, David Livingston, and Nathan Wade.




Ronald Thomas Sessions

September 05, 1942 – October 30, 2019

Ronald Thomas Sessions, a resident of Independence, LA, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home. He was born September 5, 1942 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 77 years of age. He was a US Army Veteran of Vietnam and pipefitter for Union Local #198 in Baton Rouge for 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Z. Sessions of Independence, LA; 3 daughters, Deanna Sessions-Mitchell of Jacksonville, FL, Staci Sessions Barksdale of Jacksonville, FL and Christy Sessions Kervin and husband David Kervin of Folsom, LA; 2 step-daughters, Christina Williams of Peoria, AZ and Stephanie Trapen of Independence, LA; 14 grandchildren, Micah Malnar, Jordan White and husband Oliver, Joshua Mitchell, Meghan Dranguet, Jamie Kate Mitchell, Brianna Taylor, Sarah Mitchell, Hailey Taylor, Anna Trapen, Kara Taylor, Jesse Mitchell, Nicholas Trapen, Cillian Kervin and Colin Kervin. Preceded in death by parents, Corrine and Jesse Sessions; wife, Carol Sessions; 2 brothers, Kendall Sessions and Jerry Sessions and wife Margaret; and son-in-law, Phillip Mitchell. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Friday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM Saturday, November 2, 2019. Services conducted by Pastor Bradley Bennett. Interment Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing – Psalm 95: 1-7




November is the month of Thanksgiving.  I encourage you to consider the ways you are thankful by writing something each day and saving it in a journal or jar or by sharing it with someone special or even on social media.  Make an effort to list your blessings this November in whatever manor you choose.



Today, I am thankful I have Jesus as my Savior, my friend, my counselor, my guide, my teacher, and my great physician.  He is always faithful to me!

Anna Lee