People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,

you will weep no more. 

How gracious he will be when you cry for help! 

As soon as he hears,

he will answer you.

~Isaiah 30; 19 NIV~

RUSS GUZZARDO is recovering following his accident. We got to visit with him briefly in Amite yesterday.

REV. JOE BAUGH AND “MISS” BARBARA are both doing okay at this point. Each one is concerned about the other and doing a good job of caring for them.

Sybil Fay Shoemaker

August 13, 1931 – March 13, 2022

Sybil Fay Shoemaker died peacefully in her sleep on March 13, 2022 in Breman’s Jewish Home. She was born in Lillie, Louisiana to Kenne and Lillie Ward Shoemaker on August, 13, 1931. Her family moved to New Orleans where she attended middle and high school. She received her RN from Touro Hospital in NO and then attended LSU where she received a Masters degree in Nursing. She then moved to Houston, Tx., where she had a long successful career at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital where she was Assistant Director of Nurses for the last several years of her career. She retired in Kentwood, La., where she enjoyed her hobbies of bird watching and Master Gardener. In 2018, she moved to Atlanta to St. Anne’s Terrace where she lived until mid January when she went on Hospice at Breman’s Jewish Home. She is preceded in death by her two sisters, Flo Shoemaker Sanders and Are Fern Shoemaker Brennan and is survived by two nieces, Debra Sanders Cross and Nicole Brennan. A graveside service will be held at Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood, La. on Monday, March 21 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Kentwood, La. or St. Anne’s Terrace in Atlanta in her memory.

Donald Lee Bryant

July 8, 1941 – March 14, 2022

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 11:00 am at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette for Donald L. Bryant, 80, who passed away Monday, March 14, 2022, at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette.

Visitation will be observed at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette on Saturday, March 19th from 9:00 am until the time of service.

Donald was born July 8, 1941, in Kayford, West Virginia. In his youth, his family relocated to Amite, Louisiana where he graduated from Amite High School. Donald attended Southeastern Louisiana College and graduated with a Doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1964. A proud veteran, Donald served as a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves from 1960 to 1966. He met the love of his life, Brenda Daniel of Amite, and they married on June 23, 1963.

Donald provided care to patients at Chiropractic practices in Brookhaven, MS, Amite, LA and Lafayette, LA. He was active in his community and served as Chairman of Louisiana Chiropractic Peer Review Board, Secretary/Treasurer of Lawrence Country Civitan Club and was a member of the Optimist Club in Lafayette. An avid fisherman, Donald was also a member of Christian Fellowship of Bass Anglers and Anglers of Christ. He was a Deacon in the First Baptist Church of Amite, taught Sunday School Young Couples class, sang in choirs in Mississippi and Louisiana churches as well as in the Central Churchmen Gospel Group in Brookhaven, MS. Donald was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Lafayette. Most of all, Donald loved to spend time with his family and friends and will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.  

Donald is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Brenda Lou Daniel Bryant, of Lafayette; two sons, David Bryant, of Lafayette and Kevin Bryant and his wife Brandi, of Hammond, LA; daughter, Donna Katherine Relan, of Springfield, LA; ten grandchildren, Daniel Lee Bryant and his girlfriend Jennifer Begnaud, Koby Bryant, Dave Bryant, Ben Bryant, Taylor Relan, Jordan Relan, Macey Relan, Jordan Martin, Zoe Ungren, and Makala Ungren; eight great-grandchildren, Kai, Caylee, Ellanor, Mason, Lawson, Gabrielle, Caroline, and Madilyne and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Lee and Mildred Crum Bryant; his sister, Lois Bryant Eldridge and son-in-law, Stanley Relan.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and 6th floor staff of Oschner Lafayette General Medical Center for the compassionate care given to Donald and his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donald’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, by phone at (800) 822-6344 or online at

Mary C. “Kathy” Morris

July 26, 1936 – March 14, 2022

A resident of Belle Chasse, LA, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2022 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born July 26, 1936 in Montpelier, LA and was 85 years of age. She is survived by her 3 children, James P. Morris, Vickie Futrell and husband, Mitch, and Pamela Smith; and like a daughter, Debbie Rhodes; grandchildren, Jennifer F. Martin and Jessica Wall and husband, Joseph; great-grandchildren, Jayde Wall, Jolie Wall, and Jase Martin; 2 sisters, Ruth McDaniel and Lucille Woods. Preceded in death by her husband, James E. Morris; parents, Sam J. and Lula Jordan Crouch; grandson, Jason P. Smith; son-in-law, Kerry V. Smith; 7 brothers and sisters. Family and friends are invited to attend Graveside Services will be held at Montpelier Cemetery, Montpelier, LA at 1:00PM Thursday, March 17, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. Merlin Liverman. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Karrington Len Jade Smith

December 16, 2004 – March 12, 2022

On Angels Wings you were taken away but in our hearts you will always stay. We will hear your whisper in the tallest trees, feel your love in the gentle breeze. Our beloved Jade, a resident of Loranger, LA, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2022 in Baton Rouge, LA along with her unborn son, Dallas Layne Husser. She was born December 16, 2004 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 17 years of age. She is survived by her mother, Kathleen Hammett; father, Kenneth Smith, Jr.; brother, Kenneth “Trey” Smith, III; grandparents, Elaine Smith, Sherri Hammett, and John Hammett (Kim); beloved boyfriend and Dallas’ father, Dustin Husser and his parents, Thomas Husser, Jr. and Virene Husser and his grandmother, Sylvia Husser; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by grandfather, Kenneth “Buddy” Smith. Visitation at The River Pentecostal Church, Tickfaw, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Friday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Saturday, March 19, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. Josh Payne. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Pine Grove, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Please pray for an end to this invasion soon. Pray for the people who have experienced this war to have a time of peace so they can get their lives adjusted to a new normal. May the churches there and in neighboring countries be bold in their witness to the refugees. I pray the people will turn to God for healing in body, mind, and soul.

Thank God for organizations like Samaritan’s Purse and Send Relief that are doing all they can to meet the needs of the people. Let’s support them as they are working so hard in difficult circumstances and with unfathomable numbers of people.


March 16 – Isaiah 30:19


The goal for this year is $70 million. You can give at any Southern Baptist Church at any time of the year. One hundred percent of your contribution to the Annie Armstrong offering will go directly to meeting needs and winning people to Jesus.

Thank-you for reading and praying. When you have a request or an update, you can contact me by using the “CONTACT” link at the top of this page.

May you see God’s abundant blessings in your life today.

Anna Lee