The LORD is my light and my salvation—

whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life—

of whom shall I be afraid?

~Psalm 27:1~

Bro. Darryll mentioned at prayer meeting last night that there are new cases of Covid-19 in the church family this week. Most cases lately have been mild. (We watched from home.)

Marilyn Crawford

June 03, 1942 – July 28, 2021

Marilyn Crawford, a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at St. Helena Nursing Home in Greensburg, LA. She was born June 3, 1942 in New Orleans, LA and was 79 years of age. She is survived by her son, Randy Crawford; daughter, Becky Crawford and Otis Brewer; grandson, Chase Crawford and wife Taylor-Ann; granddaughter, Kaysie Crawford; soon to be born great-granddaughter, Prezley-Ann Crawford; 2 sisters, Jeanne Kelting and Fay Kelting. Preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Lucille Kelting; husband, Russell Crawford. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Marie W. Smith

July 27, 2021

Marie W. Smith, 84, of Amite, LA peacefully went to be with the Lord on July 27, 2021 of natural causes.

Marie was born in Leonia, NJ to Louis and Marie on October 16, 1936. She went to college for many different avenues. Settling into Bell South Telephone Company for 40 years. She broke through many barriers to rise to the top. Marie was always a very hard worker while raising her five children.

Marie is survived by her loving children, Warren (Tara) Buonagura, Marie (Henry) Giroir, Lisa (Tee) Cambre, Dr Angela (Matthew) Buonagura Lyle, and Dr Christina Givens.  Marie’s qualities were limitless but she will be most remembered for her unconditional love of her family, especially her grandchildren, Amanda, Royce, Gavin, Travis, Lindsey, Lane, Devin, Melina and Mary Katherine. She was predeceased by her parents, five brothers; Teddy, Frank, Louis, Manny, Joe and her husband John Smith.

Marie loved to travel with her kids, ride horses, all the different animals on the farm, four-wheelers, swimming, theme parks, cruises. Some of her favorite trips were Buffalo River Trail Ride in Tennessee and Theme Parks in Orlando. She loved country music, especially Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Oh that would be playing over and over again on the road trips! She loved all of her collectibles/treasures and now her grandchildren do the same.

Marie also loved her town of Amite. She moved here about 35 years ago. The most recent years with Devin and Melina at their school, Oak Forest Academy (OFA). She could often be seen in the carline and at their many activities. 

She may have left us in body, however she will never, ever, leave us in spirit.

Visitation hours will be held from 12:00-2:00 PM on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite, LA with prayer service following at 2:00 PM. 

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – July 29

2 KINGS 21:1-9
2 KINGS 21:10-17
2 CHRONICLES 33:10-19
2 KINGS 21:18
2 KINGS 21:19-26
2 CHRONICLES 33:21-25
2 KINGS 22:1-2
JEREMIAH 1:1-2:22

Today’s Prayer Focus

Today, let’s pray for those searching for answers. The search could be spiritual, school or career related, medical, relationships, financial, etc. Life is full of opportunities which brings the choices to us. Let’s pray for clear and timely answers.

Anna Lee