Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,

for tomorrow will worry about itself.

Each day has enough trouble of its own.

~Matthew 6: 34~


June 25 – Job 19:25

Margaret “Sissy” Allen Lawson Oliver

May 28, 1932 – June 4, 2022

Margaret Allen Lawson Oliver was born May 28, 1932 in Mount Herman to the late Thomas W. Lawson and Gladys Christine Miller Lawson and died June 4, 2022 at 90 years of age.

Margaret “Sissy” was one of six children and grew up in the Line Creek area. She graduated from Kentwood High School. She married the late Huey Pierce Oliver on December 15, 1954 and moved to the East Fork community. They were blessed with two children, Sandra and Stevie. She made her career as a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service in the town of Kentwood. She was a long-time employee of Kentwood and Amite stockyards. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, cooking, baking, doing puzzles, playing dominoes, reading books, watching Westerns and Turner Classic movies, playing the piano, and swinging on her front porch swing. She was an avid supporter in everything her family was involved in and loved her friends dearly. She was a member of Kentwood First Baptist Church and faithfully attended Sunday school each week.

She is survived by her beloved children, Sandra Blanchard and her husband Eddie and Stevie Oliver and his wife Sherri; her five adored grandchildren, Dusty Blanchard, Brandi Ray and husband Ashton, Brittany Holland and husband Drew, Kaitlyn Webb and husband Jared, and Lindsey Misita and husband Drew; her loving step-grandchildren Melissa Lee and DeeDee Glass and husband Jeff; her 10 cherished great-grandchildren, Eli Ray, Bella Kate Blanchard, Spencer Webb, Cohen Ray, Landry Holland, Cooper Webb, Oliver Ray, Miles Misita, Rafe Holland, and Meredith Misita; and her step-great and step-great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two siblings, Tommy Lawson and wife Becky and Viola Smith and husband Paul, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings Virginia Lawson, Bobby Lawson, and Malcolm Lawson, and Melissa’s husband Eric Lee.

Visitation will take place Monday, June 6th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 7th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Kentwood with burial following at Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood.

Pallbearers will be William Lawson, Marty Lawson, Dusty Blanchard, Ashton Ray, Drew Holland, Jared Webb, and Drew Misita.

McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

(It doesn’t seem like longer than a month ago that we sat together at church. She will be greatly missed at church.)

Dan J. Ebarb, Jr.

August 31, 1943 – June 3, 2022

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born August 31, 1943 in Shreveport, LA and was 78 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Helen Ebarb; 2 step-daughters, Betty Hagan and Louise Brown; step-son, Edward Holden; 2 step-grandchildren, Daryl and Awyana Holden; 3 sisters, Laverne Bourgoyne, Linda Miller, and Margaret Sossaman (Bob); brother, Jimmy Ebarb (Frances). Preceded in death by his parents, Dan Ebarb, Sr. and Sallie Mae Ebarb; and sister, Carolyn Ebarb. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 1:00PM until religious services at 2:00PM on Monday, June 6, 2022. For an online guestbook, visit

(I didn’t know Dan, but I did know Carolyn.)

Norma Mae Smith Arnone

December 2, 1935 – June 4, 2022

Norma Mae Smith Arnone, of Amite, Louisiana, born December 02, 1935 in Bogalusa, LA, a strong, faithful, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as many other titles, peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, June 4, 2022, to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is survived by four daughters and one son, Debra Arnone, Amite, LA, Shirley Arnone Talley (Tommy), Hopehull, AL, Rose Arnone Booty, Amite, LA, Salvador Michael Arnone (Brenda), Osyka, MS, Kathy Arnone, Pumpkin Center, LA. She is survived by thirteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by six brothers, one sister and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Salvador Arnone, infant son, Norman Joseph Arnone, her parents, Norman H. Smith Sr. and Johnnie Mae Smith, sister Bertie Smith, brother Ronald Smith, infant brother, Louis Willie Smith and two infant great-great grandchildren. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. J. B. Davis. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Our friend, Glenda W. Harrell, has been having eye issues, a torn retina. We have been so locked into our own world, we were unaware of her problems. She says she is doing well now.

My coughing is better this morning. I’m taking that as a good sign. (I may as well tell you this myself, since David is already telling on me. He woke me up to eat a sandwich yesterday. Then, I went to sleep again. I woke up later and checked the time on my phone. It was a little after five. I could hear David outside and see that it was daylight. When he came in, I made a comment about it being so light at that time. He thought a minute, then realized I thought I had slept all night, but was was only five in the afternoon, not morning!

Baptist Message

Several interesting stories I missed while sick are here.

Baptist Press

I missed this too.

VBS at FBC, Kentwood was great. I don’t have the statistics, but the verbal comments and the online program were good. If you missed the program and the live video, you can look it up on Facebook. FBC, Kentwood, 6-3-22.

There are other VBS opportunities this week. Check around for information.

The Monthly Missions for June will be “Toys for OCC”. Specific items we need are:

Play Dough (small size)

Coloring Books

Flashlight and an extra set of AAA batteries

Travel-size games

Checkers with “sheet of foldable plastic for the board”



Etch-a Sketch


We will appreciate all your donations for the 400 “Shoeboxes” we plan to pack. My signs for June are still here, but will hopefully be at church for Wednesday night.

Have a happy June day, but don’t get too hot.

Anna Lee