“Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him.”

~Psalm 37:7 (GW)~

God doesn’t owe us a reason for things that happen.

Surrender to His will as we face the changes.

He is in charge.

I forgot to include Adelyn Thornton of Arcola yesterday. She suffered an eye injury playing soccer at school this week. She’s improving. Pray for no long-term effects. Adelyn is the daughter of Josh and Danyelle.

Pray for Jewel Kay Y. Cutrer as she has additional treatments as revealed in her care plan at M.D. Anderson last week. She’s back at home in Kentwood now.

Pray for Andy Taylor as he has a heart procedure next Tuesday. Pray for his caregiver, Betty, as she cares for him.

David Diddon was killed in a motorcycle accident yesterday morning. I’ll post an obituary when one is available.

Dale Hall-McElmurry

December 12, 1971 – October 11, 2021

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 at South West Regional Medical Center in McComb, MS. He was born December 12, 1971 in Independence, LA and was 49 years of age. He is survived his by children, Katiea Hall, Kera Hall, Thearon Bartel, Robyn Hall and Eddie Montz, Bobbie Jo Hall and Gus Martinez, Roxanne Hall and Austin Chambliss, Reanne Hall, Billie Hall and Betty Hall; grandchildren, Emmi Layne Chambliss; parents, Ace McElmurry and Connie McElmurry; brothers and sisters, Robert Hall, Craig McElmurry, Doug McElmurry, McElmurry Brothers, Kimberlie Hall, Stephanie Hall and Elizabeth Gwin; grandmother, Norma Jean Hendrickson. Preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo Hall; dad, Robert E. Hall; grandchild, Ashley; uncle, Billie Givens. Visitation at Mt. Zion Baptist Church from 12:00PM until religious services at 2:00PM on Friday, October 15, 2021. Services conducted by Bro. Richie Fortenberry. Interment Mt. Zion Cemetery, Osyka, MS. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Lucy Mae Davis

August 15, 1929 – October 09, 2021

Lucy Mae Ranzino Davis, died at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, October 9, 2021, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, MS. She was 92 years old. Lucy was born to John and Catherine Ranzino of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 15, 1929. She graduated from Baton Rouge High School. She and Harold A. Davis, her husband of 60 years, resided in Kentwood, Louisiana, where he taught school for thirty years; Lucy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend and was a wonderful homemaker. Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Catherine Ranzino, her sister Olivia Marie Bridges, and her brother Cosmo John Ranzino. Lucy is survived by her three children Katherine, John, and Beverly, three grandchildren Karen, Jason, and Misty, and four great grandchildren Kyleigh, Kaylynn, Kameryn, and Chance. Graveside Services will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021

October 14th Readings
JOHN 7:1-9
LUKE 9:51-56
MATTHEW 8:18-22
LUKE 9:57-62
JOHN 7:10-8:20

Baptist Press

It’s good to see progress on roof repair at several area churches. Hurricane Ida didn’t spare churches as she blew through here a month and a half ago. There are addition churches still requiring repair. Thankfully, they did not sustain damage that stopped any services.

Outreach projects

Hurricane Ida gave us opportunity to see Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in action. I don’t know all the places where they worked, but I can see evidence of their efforts every time I drive into town. They made an impact in our area following Ida.

There are many ways our local churches impact the community. Learn about them and get involved in impacting our community through volunteer actions.

I’m looking forward to a change in the weather in the next few days. Enjoy some outdoor time and see how God is providing the falling leaves and cooler temperatures.

Anna Lee