“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

~Colossians 2:7 (NLT)~

Russell Edward Thompson, Jr.

September 24, 1946 – January 02, 2021

Russell Edward Thompson, Jr., a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 24, 1946 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 74 years of age. Russell will be remembered by many as one of the greatest football players in this area. He was also an avid fisherman and owned and operated Thompson Sporting Goods in Amite. He is survived by daughter, Beckie Hendry and husband, Clint; son, Russell Edward Thompson, III “Russ” and wife, Skyla; grandchildren, Hallie and Seth Hendry and Russell Edward Thompson, IV “Ret” and Wyatt Thompson; best buddy, Barbara Yerby; brothers and sisters, Linda Cuti and husband, Dominick, Chuck Thompson and wife, Sherrie, Doris Schwartz, Margaret Strahan and husband, Alan, Mark Thompson and wife, Laura; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Russell, Sr. and Dot Thompson. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until 11:30AM on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 with a eulogy at 11:00AM. A private mass will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite, following visitation. Interment Amite Cemetery, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

(Russell’s jersey number was 33! I got to watch him play every week. His two younger brothers also wore 33. Isn’t it amazing what your brain can remember?)


Catherine “Joyce” Chambers, age 99, of Loranger, Louisiana, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021, at home with her family by her side. She was born on Saturday, November 5, 1921, in Amite, Louisiana, to Thomas Warren Cooper and Annie Elizabeth Glascock Cooper. Joyce lived and loved her beloved Loranger Wolves. She was a teacher, mentor, guidance counselor and coach for many years at Loranger High School and started the first Beta Club there for all academic students. Joyce was very active and volunteered for many years at North Oaks Medical Center. She enjoyed life and loved golfing, tennis, bowling, the Loranger Wolves, girls’ basketball, crossword puzzles, or any word puzzles, but she especially loved spending time with her family.

Joyce is survived by her son, Ronald Glynn Chambers and his wife Rita Carlton Chambers, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, also many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Warren Cooper and Annie Elizabeth Glascock Cooper, her husband, Leslie Thomas Chambers, her children, Barbara Chambers Clouate, Linda Chambers Wyckoff and Russell “Rusty” Chambers.

A Visitation for Joyce will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 8:30 am until 10:30 am at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond. A Funeral Mass Celebrating Joyce’s Life will follow visitation at 11:00 am at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Independence. Interment will follow at Cooper Cemetery of the Sacred Heart in Loranger.

Face masks are mandatory to attend any visitation or service at the funeral home and at the church we ask that you maintain a respectful distance with the family. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Annie Cooper Memorial Scholarship Fund in Hammond or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in Joyce’s memory.

Joyce’s guest book can be viewed on

Baptist Press

Chronological Bible Readings for 2021 – January 4

GENESIS 11:1-26
1 CHRONICLES 1:24-27
GENESIS 11:27-31
GENESIS 12:1-14:24

Today’s Prayer Focus

Pray that God will show you the mission field He has for you and what your focus for today needs to be.

Thank-you for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee