Do not forget the covenant I have made with you,
and do not worship other gods.
Rather, worship the LORD your God;
it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”
Louisiana Baptist Message
Read the Bible in 2020 – November 13
Elizabeth Benefield Simmons
December 08, 1950 – November 10, 2020
Elizabeth Benefield Simmons, a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA. She was born December 8, 1950 in Apalachicola, FL and was 69 years of age. She is survived by 1 son, Les Simmons; grandchildren, Sydnie Simmons and Lauren Simmons; sisters. Bridget Miller and husband, Bill, Bonnie Carline and Eva Liles; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, E.W. “Dub” Benefield and Clara Benefield. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Tuesday and Memorial Services at 8:00PM Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith . McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Thomas “Tommy” Ray Johnson
January 10, 1953 – November 08, 2020
Thomas “Tommy” Ray Johnson, age 67, died peacefully in his sleep at home with his loving wife at his side on November 8th 2020, after a long battle with ALS disease.
Tommy Ray, who grew up in Greensburg, Louisiana, was a star football player and track star at Greensburg High School. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1973, and transitioned into the Army Reserves after active service. Master Sergeant Johnson was a proud and humble veteran of the Gulf War, who was a Bronze Star recipient, and later served in Afghanistan and Guatemala. Tommy also received the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal.
After returning from active service, Tommy enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond in 1983, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and a Masters in Health and Kinesiology, with a certification in Adapted Physical Education. After graduation, Coach Johnson became a social studies teacher and football and track coach at several junior and senior high schools in the Tangipahoa Parish area. His experience in the military played an important role in the discipline and goal-oriented focus that he inspired in his students through his work as a coach and with special needs childrens’ physical education. He was an active volunteer with Special Olympics and at the Berean Children’s Home as a House Parent and Mentor. He is remembered as living a life of service while being a humble and loving gentleman; a low-key man of honor with a great sense humor and wit.
Tommy Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Simmons and her husband, Alva and his father, Billy Ray Johnson and his wife, Ruby. Tommy is survived by his loving wife, Jeannine “Gigi” Baer Johnson; his stepsons Christopher Barrett Lewis and Blake Hunter Lewis; his brothers Dr. Larry Simmons and his wife, Cheryl and Lawrence Brenner, Sr. and his wife Sybil, as well as many extended family members and friends.
The celebration of Tommy’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Greensburg, LA, with a viewing beginning at 9am, followed by his service at 11am. If you are unable to join us in person, the service will be livestreamed on the First Baptist Church of Greensburg’s Facebook Page. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Thankfulness – Day 13
Today, I am thankful for telephones. I’ve always appreciated them. Daddy worked for AT&T for 38 years. In recent years, the telephones and services have greatly changed, but there is still nothing like answering the phone and recognizing the voice of a friend or loved one. Telephones provide a service and brings the outside world into our homes, especially during difficult days like hurricanes, sickness, pandemics, emergencies, etc. My favorite calls will always be from friends and family. Love, joy, hope, encouragement, and other emotions travel through the lines to our house.
Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Week
Thank-you to those who have volunteered to help us next week. Please call me if you can assist us in receiving and packaging “shoeboxes” for their next destination. Don’t miss the joy of being a part of the process.
Today’s Prayer Focus
Today, let us focus on those who need to be connected to God through a local church and church family. May we be an instrument in that connection being made.
Remember, you can call me or write me using the contact button at the top of this page if there is any way I can be of service to you.