For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.  Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

~Romans 14: 17-19~

Read the Bible in 2020 – Nov. 28

Daniel 5:1-31
2 Peter 2:1-22
Psalm 119:113-128
Proverbs 28:19-20

Roy Otis Benefield

August 29, 1938 – November 26, 2020

A resident of Osyka, MS, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. He was born August 29, 1938 in Osyka, MS and was 82 years of age. He is survived by his life long companion, Anita Speed; sister, Marie Bass; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Amelia Benefield; brothers, Walter Benefield, E.W. Benefield, Paul Benefield, and Frank Benefield. Graveside Services will be held at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA at 11:00AM on Monday, November 30, 2020. Pallbearers will be Doug Benefield, Ben Guillory, Moose Tolbert, Cole Kent, Kyle Kent, Chad Strickland, Cody Guillory and Jeff Connelly. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Thomas Lester Zachary

June 19, 1925 – November 22, 2020

Mr. Thomas Lester Zachary passed away November 22, 2020 at 6:15 pm in Amite, Louisiana. He was born June 19, 1925 at home on the Zachary farm in St. Helena Parish and lived there the rest of his life. For more than half a century he was a hard working dairy farmer shipping his Golden Guernsey milk to Kleinpeter Farms Dairy. At age 6 he received his first fox dog which sparked the beginning of his passionate hobby of fox hunting for more than 80 years. With his dry sense of humor and his kind, gentle, soul, he never met a stranger. He was know as the local oral historian on all things related to St. Helena. He loved to share this knowledge with his gift of gab. Lester was a devoted and lifelong member of his beloved Kedron Baptist Church that was founded and built by his great grandfather John Lewis Zachary and his grandfather, Jehu B. Zachary. He served as a song leader, Sunday school teacher, cemetery coordinator and most notably served as a deacon for more than 60 years. He is survived by his three children, Barbara Zachary Mena (Raul) California, Thomas Lester Zachary, Jr. Hillsdale, and Lisa Zachary Klemm (William) Missouri. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren Steven Zachary Mena Colorado, Lee Thomas Zachary (Jordan) Denham Springs, Jason Avery Zachary (Andrea Scott) Prairieville, and Elizabeth Lee Klemm Missouri, one great-grandchild, Ava Rayne Zachary, his loving sister, Ruby Loura Stevens and many caring nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Oma Bridges Zachary, his grandson, Brandon Lester Zachary, his parents, Dudley Erwin Zachary and Louella Robertson Zachary, one sister, Vera Zachary McGee and one brother, Erwin Prentice Zachary. We wish to extend the utmost appreciation for the care and love that “Paw Paw” received at Tangi Pines Nursing Center. A private graveside service was held at Kedron Baptist Cemetery on November 25, 2020, led by Brother Jake Williams. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Kedron Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Susie Sharkey, 70342 Kennedy Road, Kentwood, LA 70444 in his memory.

Melissa “Missy” Williams

05/19/1964 – 11/26/2020

A loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend went to her eternal home on Thursday, November 26, 2020. She was 56 years old. Missy loved watching the LSU Tigers and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Rachel Fullagar; son, Cody Williams and wife, Bailey; two grandchildren, Brayden and Cooper Williams; brother, James Goynes Jr.; sister, Beth Doucet (Jerry); brother-in-law, Ted Bacot and numerous nieces and nephews. Missy will be deeply missed by all of her family, friends, and coworkers at the KOA campground. She never met a stranger and loved helping everyone around her, kindness was her gift. Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home, on Sunday November 29, 2020 from 1pm until Celebration of Life Service at 3pm, conducted by Rev. Herman Holland. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. M. and Teenie Goynes, and her sister Sue Bacot.

Prayer Focus Today – Families Who are Mourning

There have been a number of deaths in the last few weeks and months. Each death leaves behind a family and friends network that will face the holidays with uncertainly, because they have always had others in their lives who are no longer there. Pray for the remaining family members as they adjust the holiday traditions and make new traditions. It’s not always easy, but. with God, it is always possible.

Thankfulness – Day 28

Today, I am thankful for a daughter-in-law who is both fun and thoughtful, creative, yet full of tradition, and open to new activities, as well as willing to do for her family so everyone will have a good family experience. She is a perfect match for our son and a wonderful mother to two special grandchildren. She can be the life-of-the-party or the quiet, thinking ahead person. If you know her, you will agree. If you don’t know her, you have missed out.

God has great things planned for today. Don’t miss His blessings for you!

Anna Lee