“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

~2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)~

Carolyn W. McDaniel

November 19, 1944 – August 28, 2021

A resident of Pine Grove, LA, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at The Lodge at Tangi Pines in Amite, LA. She was born November 19, 1944 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 76 years of age. She is survived by her daughter, Sondra Michelle Brasseaux; son, Rex McDaniel and wife Sue; 3 grandchildren, Cassidy Brasseaux, Brent McDaniel, and Kyle McDaniel; great-grandson, Rowdy James Brasseaux; sister, Lois Ann Rives and husband Bill. Preceded in death by her husband, Ralph McDaniel; and parents, Bennett and Beatrice Williams. Graveside Services will be held at Pine Grove Methodist Cemetery, Pine Grove, LA at 10:30AM Friday, September 3, 2021. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Richard Clint “Ritchie” Easley

November 20, 1971 – August 29, 2021

Richard Clint

The night of August, 29, 2021, as Hurricane Ida roared through our state, Richard Clint “Ritchie ” Easley left his earthly home. His passing occurred at the place he dearly loved, his home on family property in Easleyville, Louisiana. Throughout his early life he spent countless hours on the family property. Following graduation from college he made this his full-time residence. Ritchie was born on November 20, 1971 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is survived by his parents Kaye Lynette Smith Easley and Morris Richard Easley; his sister Jennifer Anne Easley Davis and Brad, and their children Matthew and Sarah Beth. Uncles Kirk Gillis, John Easley (Anne Marie), and Greg Flores (Sarah). Aunts Theresa Flores and Rebecca Davis (Dock). Predeceased by grandparents Albert and Toffie Smith, Morris and Susie Easley, Sadie and Prentiss Carter. A special aunt Liesa Gillis, and uncle Matt Easley. Although Ritchie was an avid hunter he had great respect and love for wildlife. He graduated from Denham Springs High in 1990 and Southeastern Louisiana University in 1994. He was an investigator for the Louisiana Attorney General’s office and later a Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Office of Investigations. He was a longtime member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. Ritchie was a life-long Methodist and member of Day’s Methodist Church. He treasured both family and friendships that he gained throughout his life. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood from 9:00 until religious services at 11:00 on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Services conducted by Reverend Milton Bourque. Interment at Day’s Methodist Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to charity of your choice. Special thanks to the St. Helena Sheriff’s Officers and First Responders Barrilleaux and Wascom. For an online guestbook, visit

Randall “Randy” Craig Fairburn

April 20, 1960 – August 28, 2021

Randall “Randy” Craig Fairburn, a resident of Kentwood, LA passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Baton Rouge General Mid City in Baton Rouge, LA. He was born on April 20, 1960 in McComb, MS. He was 61 years old. He was a 1978 graduate of Spring Creek High School in Kentwood, LA. He was employed as a Safety Technician at Occidental Chemical for Turner Industries in Geismar, LA. Randy’s love for his family, friends, and motorcycles was undeniable. He loved nothing more than rebuilding old bikes with his cousins, Wayne and Wendell Simmons. Randy is survived by his loving wife, Lanette Fairburn; children, Jamie, Joniele, and Jace Fairburn and Holli Howard (David Green), Neela, and Wiley Howard; step-children, Ashley Sanders (Chris) and Ryan Wicker (Skylar), grandchildren, Kinsley Fairburn, Isaiah, Amiya, and Xavier Fairburn, and Landon Harwood; numerous step-grandchildren; mother, Jeannette Simmons Fairburn; special sister, Brenda F. McGregor (Kenny); mother-in-law, Karolyn Sue Blades; nieces and nephews, Brett Conerly (Christi), Ryan McGregor (Hillary), Shontell Strickland (Robert); special cousins, Tommy Fairburn and Gail Fairburn; along with numerous others. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard “Buddy” Fairburn; grandparents, Richard and Dora Fairburn and Silas Dean and Lucille Simmons; and an aunt, Betty Sauls. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.

Othell Stewart Williams

April 01, 1922 – August 28, 2021

Othell Stewart Williams
A resident of Kentwood passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Ponchatoula Community Care Center. She was born April 1, 1922 in Osyka, MS and was 99 years of age. Othell’s dad worked on railroads and was moved around by the Railroad Company sometimes living in a train box car which is where she was born in Osyka, MS. After marrying Joe Williams, she was a homemaker other than a few jobs at Russell Stover Candy, Goudchauxs, and Williams Florist which they owned. She was a member of Kentwood Baptist Church where she taught a women’s class. She often was a mentor to younger women sharing her wisdom on being a Christian wife and a how to love their husband which she lived out being married to Joe for 73 years. She had a big influence on her daughter-in-law Barbara. She will be greatly missed by her sons and all of her family and friends. She is survived by her two sons, Loren Joseph Williams and Darryl Thomas Williams and his wife Barbara; grandchildren, Traci Williams, John Williams, Loren Williams, Jr. and his wife Malinda, Tonya McNemar and her husband David, and Colleen Soto and her husband Mike, Dawn Rogers and her husband Chris, Brad Babin and Becky Babin; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. Williams, Jr.; son, Johnny Stanley Williams; parents, Drewery and Etta Stewart; six brothers and sisters, Lillian Etta Stewart Raborn, Blanche Geneva Stewart Wheat, Lloyd Drewery Stewart, Howard Byrrl Stewart, James Eldridge Stewart, and Erline Marie Stewart Allen. Visitation will be from 11:00AM until religious services at 12 noon on Friday, September 3, 2021 at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood. Services conducted by Bro. Charles Thompson. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Please note it is the McKneely Funeral Home in KENTWOOD, not Amite as I reported yesterday.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – Sept. 2

1 CHRONICLES 5:18-26
1 CHRONICLES 7:1-8:28

Baptist Press

Fall Food Round-up for Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home

The deadline for leaving your items at FBC is September 20th. Please see the posters on the doors to the fellowship hall for a list of items we will focus out giving on this year. You can also contribute money to the fund so the children’s home can make their own purchases.

Operation Christmas Child

Contributions can be given to offset the $9.00/Shoebox postage fee

Prayer Concerns

  • Our country and other countries around the world
  • Political leaders from the local level to the international level.
  • Women and others who are persecuted
  • Unborn babies
  • Hurricane Ida victims
  • Relief workers (LA Baptists, Samaritan’s Purse, etc.)
  • Those who need to be spiritually saved

Do something today to leave a good memory of the days following Hurricane Ida. Remember all those who made themselves available to assist others during this recovery time. Thank God and thank them.

Anna Lee