• Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
    extol him who rides on the clouds;
    rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
    A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    is God in his holy dwelling.
  • Psalm 68:4-5

Today, I want to share the report Betty Taylor shared yesterday on Facebook.

Thank everyone for their prayers. Andy is a lot better. He got up Whistling this morning.

I would have loved to have been there to hear the songs that Andy chose to whistle.

Yvonne Birch called yesterday to share that her daughter, Rhonda Birch Edwards, had a fall while walking on a trail in Appalachia. She caught herself on a root about 25 feet down and saved the fall to the bottom, another 100 feet. Rhonda has some significant injuries, but all will heal. Thank God for placing her hand on that root and for His strength to hang on.

Mable C. McMaree

March 19, 1947 – July 10, 2022

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at her home surrounded by her children. She was born March 19, 1947 in Pumpkin Center, LA and was 75 years of age. She is survived by her 3 sons, Tommie Smith and wife Mary, Hubert Brumfield, Jr. and wife, Ashley, and George Brumfield and wife, Denise; 3 daughters, Terry Waterman and husband, Orville, Felicia Brabham and husband, Mike, and Karen Smith Tate and husband, Bennett; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Dewitt Effler and wife, Theresa; 2 sisters, Ella Welch and Dollie Frazier and husband, Albert; special thanks to granddaughter Brittany and husband Michael Landrenaux. Preceded in death by her parents, Wilbern and Mable Effler; former husbands, Chuck McMaree, George Smith and Monroe Brumfield; 2 daughters, Jody Smith and Nolie Cutrer; 2 grandsons, Trey Ainsworth and Garrett Barber; brother, Albert Rodriguez; and sister, Julia Baham. Pallbearers will be Michael Landreneaux, Bobby Waterman, George Brumfield, Bubby Brumfield, Hubert Brumfield, and Vincent Brabham. Honorary pallbearers will be Asher Knight and Braxton Brabham. Visitation at Red Bluff Baptist Church from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Friday, July 15, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Joe Day. Interment Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

William Frank Bean

A life well-lived by a man well-loved, Billy went to his eternal home on Friday, July 8, 2022. He was 73 years old. Born in Fort Payne, AL, he grew up in Amite, LA, and graduated from Amite High School. He moved to Denham Springs and proudly served for 30 years as scoutmaster for Boy Scouts Troop #11 at Hebron Baptist Church. He was later active in the AWANA children’s program at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church for several years. He was a valued employee and well-known friendly face for 20 years at Walmart in Denham Springs and Central. Billy was a good man who loved his Lord Jesus, cherished all “his girls,” and enjoyed retelling memories made. He leaves behind his wife, Glenda Bean; one brother, Charles Comerford; one honorary brother, Dave Barron and his wife Pat; two daughters, Brandi Cedotal and her husband Mitch; Hildreth House and her husband John; seven grandchildren, Megan, Emalee, Erin, Emily, Dave, Wyatt, and John; two nephews, John and Allen Blount; and other family members. A special memorial service will be held at Hebron Baptist Church on Friday, July 15, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Nell Bean, and his sister, Jane Blount. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the , as he was a proud supporter and forever grateful to all who serve to protect the country he was so proud of.

Henry H. Sheffield

Here is Henry H. Sheffield’s obituary. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Henry H. Sheffield of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who passed away at the age of 79, on July 9, 2022. Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Henry H. Sheffield to show support.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 22nd 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Rabenhorst Funeral Home (11000 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70815). A celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 22nd 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the same location.

Allen Lloyd Graham

  • McKneely Funeral Home of Amite & Kentwood, Inc.
  • Jul 8, 2022 Updated Jul 8, 2022

Allen Loyd Graham, 73, died on July 4, 2022 at the Methodist Hospital in Mansfield, Texas.

A visitation will be held at Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington, Texas on Friday, July 8, 2022 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM. Visitation will resume at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Kentwood, LA on Monday, July 11, 2022 from 10:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials: Memorial contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church, Mansfield Deaf Ministry and First Baptist Church, Arlington Preschool/Children’s Ministry.

Allen was preceded in death by parents, Wilkie and Cecil Graham, and brother, Rodney Graham.

Mr. Graham was born on March 4, 1949 in Amite, LA. He earned college degrees at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. in May 1974 and the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ in December 1981. He had a successful career as a guidance counselor for 27 years at the Mississippi School for the Deaf. He was very involved with the deaf community. He served and loved the deaf community by serving in various roles throughout many deaf organizations. Allen became a Christian at a young age and was a Godly man who enjoyed serving his family, friends and others. He taught Sunday school at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, MS where he was a member for 35 years. Most recently he was a member at First Baptist Church, Mansfield and involved in the deaf ministry.

Allen was preceded in death by parents, Wilkie and Cecil Graham, and brother, Rodney Graham.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Katherine Graham; children, Carey Graham, Remey Terrell (Kollin); and grandsons, Graham, John Allen and James Terrell; siblings, Randall Graham (Tommie Jo) and Cecile Graham, Wilkie Graham (sister-in-law), Molly and Richard Bernard (sister and brother-in-law) and Maggie and Frank Thibeaux (sister and brother-in-law); as well as several nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.


July 14 – John 17: 13-19

Operation Christmas Child

Thanks to Alayna Travis for her great help in painting and decorating shoeboxes. Thank to a donor for money that will be used to purchase pencils, erasers, and calculators we need.

Thank-you for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee