- Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
- ~2 Corinthians 1:3-4~
- Vacation Bible Schools and church camps continue. Montpelier and Taylor Creek have just begun their annual VBS. Line Creek has children at church camp.
- Mr. Udell Lee’s Obituary
Adrian Udell Lea
October 24, 1928 – July 8, 2022
Adrian Udell Lea, 93, of Osyka, MS, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, July 8, 2022 at Camellia Estates in McComb, MS surrounded by family and friends. He was born October 24, 1928 in Tangipahoa Parish, LA, to Joseph Raborn and Azzielee Bryan Lea.
He was an active member of Line Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and in many other capacities including program leadership, teaching, and helping with facility construction and maintenance as long as his health allowed. He was a storyteller, and he loved sharing about the years he coached men’s church softball and basketball teams, family history, and his life experiences and youthful antics.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Osyka for 65+ years. He served on the South Pike School Board for 35 years and was inducted into the South Pike School District Hall of Fame. He served on the Pike County Fair Board, the Osyka Volunteer Fire Department, and the South Pike Chamber of Commerce.
He and his wife, Pauline, raised 5 girls, and then became foster parents to more than 40 children over a period of 20 years, 2 of those, also girls, were added to the family permanently. He loved his Lord, his family, his church, and his community. He was chosen as the Enterprise Journal’s Father of the year in 2012 and Osyka’s Outstanding Senior Citizen in 2010. He was recognized as a man of faith and one of the most amazing, loving, giving, hardworking, family-oriented men who loved his family and showed what a Christian husband, father, and grandfather should be. He loved watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play and loved cooking for them-pancakes for breakfast, pies for birthdays and holidays, cookies anytime, and helping cook and host Sunday lunch for the entire family. He valued education; though he never attended a day of college, he paid for 29 years to ensure his girls had an education.
He was a very knowledgeable businessman, cattleman, dairyman, and timberman; he began his adult work life in the family lumber company (J. R. Lea & Sons and continued in business with his dad and brother with Lea’s Milling Co., Lea’s Farm Supply, and Lea’s Dairy; later he and his wife assumed ownership of the milling company, started their own dairy, and finally ended their careers with their own logging company.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 67 years, Pauline Dare Williams Lea, his son-in-law, John W. (Bud) Birdsong Jr., his great-granddaughter, Julianna McMorris, and his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Williams.
He is survived by seven daughters, Beverly Birdsong of Osyka, Lynn McMorris (Lindsey) of Pride, LA, Judy McGhee (Garland) of McComb, Bonnie Iverson of Osyka, Patty Atkinson (Tom) of Magnolia, TX, Misty Hathaway (Randall) of Osyka, and Sheila Huber of Summit, a brother, Armond Ray Lea of Osyka, a sister, Joan Lea McDaniel of Osyka, grandchildren Whitney Pattie (fiancé Don Turner), Brittany Crawford (Clayton), John Birdsong III (Elise), Lori Boeneke (Keith), Lane McMorris (Angie), Leah McMorris, Tara Beene (Michael), Anna Alford, Sean McGhee (Amy), Brandon McGhee (Kylie), Laurie Karch (Micah), Doug “DJ” Iverson, Lacey Prather (John), Dustin Iverson (fiancée Megan), Ryan Atkinson, Nikki Rhodus (Wendell), Taylor Hathaway, Madison Hathaway, Makayla Huber, and Malia Huber, 23 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Pallbearers: John Birdsong, Keith Boeneke, Lane McMorris, Michael Beene, Clayton Crawford, D.J. Iverson, Dustin Iverson, Ryan Atkinson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorial Donations to Line Creek Baptist Church Children and Youth Fund. Line Creek Baptist Church, 78659 LA 1053, Kentwood, LA 70444.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, July 12, at Line Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood beginning at 5:00 until 8:00 and will continue Wednesday, July 13, at 1:00 until time of service at 2:00. A graveside service will immediately follow at Roberts Cemetery in Osyka. Bro. Merelin McCon, Bro. Justin Craft, and Bro. Wendell Rhodus will officiate with Sharkey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
March 13, 1942 – July 9, 2022
A resident of Kentwood, LA passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at his home. He was born on March 13, 1942 and was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Estelle Tillery; brother, Robert Tillery and family; stepson, Steve Sanders; granddaughter, Emily Pupo (Anthony); grandsons, Jacob Daniels (Mattie), Nathan Daniels (Deanna), and Logan Sanders; great-grandson, Owen Daniels; sister-in-law, Linda Womack; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Doris Tillery; sister, Faye Tillery. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. Dr. Michael Townsend. Interment will follow in Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Stanford Felix Williams
December 12, 1957 – July 10, 2022
Stanford Felix Williams went to be with the Lord on July 10, 2022 with his family by his side at the age of 64. Born on December 12, 1957 in Baton Rouge, he was raised in Kentwood and eventually moved to Mandeville where he would live for 33 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Lathan Williams and Wanzie Williams, his grandparents Felix Sharkey and Daisy Sharkey, his sister, Pamela Williams McBride, and uncles Earl Ray Sharkey and wife Betty, and Bobby Sharkey of Amite.
He is survived by his wife, Constance Ray Williams, her two sons Austin and Mitchell Davies. Son Chad Williams and wife Kaela Williams of Baton Rouge, and Chad’s mother Linda Foto and husband Gary of Covington. Brothers James Lathan Williams, Jr. and wife Wendy of Plaquemine, and Gary Williams and wife Renee of Baton Rouge. Nephews James Lathan Williams III and wife Gwen of Walker, Derrick Williams and wife Ashley of Denham Springs, Zach Williams and wife Cecily of Houston, TX, and niece Chloe Pruitt and husband Daniel of Prairieville. Two grandchildren, Liam and Lawson Williams of Baton Rouge. Aunts Julee Harper and husband Doug of Baton Rouge, and Vicki Sharkey of Amite, uncle Harrell Young Sharkey and wife Susie of Kentwood, along with many other cousins and extended family members that he truly loved.
Stan lived life to the fullest, never lacking passion with anything he did. He graduated from Spring Creek High School in 1977, and by 1986 was president of what would become Professional Auto Engines that is still in operation today. Family was everything to Stan, and one of his greatest joys was working on his 20 acre property in Mandeville where he set the utmost example of hard work and perseverance. He would never be out-worked, and he would also never be out-played. He and family traveled all over the country for nearly 20 years racing karts and cars, and he never missed an opportunity to teach someone how to do something the right way. He was always ready to host a party to celebrate a wedding, engagement, or birthday, and it was always to celebrate someone else. He was the epitome of selflessness, and would always go above and beyond for the ones he loved. He was an incredible husband, and father, and Paw-Paw to Liam and Lawson. He will be greatly missed, and always remembered.
2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM Wednesday, July 13, 2022 and at First Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, July 14, 2022. Interment to follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
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