He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
~Psalm 147:3~

Yesterday, I forgot to include a couple parts of my usual posts, so I will start with them this morning.

Baptist Press

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

August 19th Readings
EZEKIEL 14:1-16:63

August 20th Readings
EZEKIEL 17:1-19:14

August 21st Readings
EZEKIEL 20:1-22:16

A regular Friday Link – baptist Message

Eldon “Herb” Lawrence

December 03, 1953 – August 18, 2021


Eldon “Herb” Lawrence, a resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Wednesday, August 18, at his home. He was born December 3, 1953 in Independence, LA and was 67 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Brenda Fay Oliphant Lawrence; sisters, Marion L. Taylor, Linda L. Perez and Melrose L. King and husband Ronald King; brother-in-laws, Curtis Foret and Harold Boudreaux; sister-in-law, Victoria R. Lawrence; mother-in-law, Agnes Hano Oliphant; sister-in-laws, Gayle O. Restivo and husband Carlo Restivo, Katherine O. Tate and husband Jr. Tate, Debbie “Debo” Russell and husband Vannie Ray Russell, Eddie Ray Oliphant and wife Rebecca Owens Oliphant; sister-in-law Tammy Shelton Oliphant; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Preceded in death by his parents James “ JW” Lawrence and Mildred Hueschen Lawrence; sisters, Betty Mae L. Boudreaux; Patricia L. Duncan, Connie Rae L. King, Judy L. Foret; brothers, James “ Pete” Lawrence Jr., William “Lefty” Lawrence and George “Buck” Lawrence; sister-in-law Joy Gail W. Lawrence; father-in-law Eddie Lee “EL’ Oliphant and brother-in-law, Donnie Lee Oliphant, Joseph Salvador Restivo and loving dog “Spuds”. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Monday and from 9:00AM until Religious Services at at 11:00AM on Tuesday. Services conducted by Bro. Rick Elder. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Antoinette Hagstette Riley

January 18, 1945 – August 14, 2021

Antoinette Hagstette Riley passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at her home in Robert, LA. She was born on January 18, 1945 to the late Edward Joseph Hagstette and Antionette Romano Hagstette. She was a resident of Metairie and Harahan before moving to Robert, Louisiana for the peaceful country life with her husband Edward Riley, Sr and children in 1975.

She was the loving mother of Edward Frank Riley, Jr. (Karen), Eric Michael Riley (Dana), and Margaret Eileen Riley. She was the proud grandmother (called Maw Maw Toni) of Krista, Edward III, Kimberly Riley-Latino (Brendon), Grace and Ella Riley. She was going to be the great grandmother of Allison Latino due this December. Antionette was the sister of Cynthia Elizabeth Hagstette Wade. She also lovingly cared for a number of dogs and one cat through the years like they were additional children (they were fed as well as her family at times). Toni taught her grandchildren the “Golden Rule” as quoted by Jesus ”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you…”

Toni attended grammar school at William Frantz Elementary and McDonough 27 Junior High School. She graduated high school from Ursuline Academy. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond Louisiana for one year and then LSUNO in New Orleans before getting married and having a family. She went back to Southeastern in 1980’s to finish her Education degree. Mrs. Riley was a school teacher at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond, LA for 2 years.

Toni was a Cub Scout Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 251 in Robert for many years. She was a two term PTA President for Champ Cooper School in Robert, LA. She was known for her talent at baking and decorating cakes having been tasked with baking many birthday cakes for her children and grand children. She was always willing to baby sit her grand children and was known to keep them highly entertained by her ability to create different crafts, baking soda volcanoes (with red colored lava), and magic mud. She always had coloring books, crayons, paper and finger paint available.

Toni was devoted to her daily Rosary and Our Lady of Prompt Succor. She would listen to High Mass every Sunday. She would pray “Mary, Mother of God, pray for us… Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us” throughout her day. She was born in New Orleans and loved her public school education. She was a true Skipper of Ursuline Academy and her many friends gave her the name “Toni”. Her favorite name was “Maw Maw Toni” as she was called by her grand kids.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Helena Catholic Church at 122 South First Street, Amite, LA. 70422 on Monday, August 23, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. Internment to follow at Rosaryville Cemetery, Ponchatoula, LA. No visitation prior to the mass or flowers will be allowed due to Church regulations and COVID requirements. Donations are welcome to the National Votive Shrine of Our Lady Of Prompt Succor at Ursuline Academy. Mass Intentions are also welcome.

Please continue to pray for all the covid patients in our area and our families. Some are hospitalized, but many who are at home. Pray for those around them who have been exposed. I’ve heard it is very difficult for most people to be isolated until the time of the disease spreading passes. Pray for the family members of those who are hospitalized. Not being able to see your loved one is very difficult for most people.

Wade Boone is doing well following back surgery earlier this week. He is scheduled to be released from the hospital about noon today. Please continue to pray for him as he continues to heal.

Jeana Russell Brown will go back into surgery today. She already had surgery this week, but the doctor wants to do more today. Pray for Jeana as she has the second surgery in a week and as her body heals.

May you find ways to be a positive influence on others today.

Anna Lee