Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.

~Psalm 31:24~

Willie Castella, Jr.

November 4, 1947 – August 18, 2022

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Heritage Healthcare in Hammond, LA. He was born November 4, 1947 in Kentwood, LA and was 74 years of age. He is survived by his 2 sons, Darrell Castella and Michael Castella; grandchildren, Brooke Castella, Christian Bankston and husband, Brent, D. J. Castella and wife, Jessie, and Khloe Castella; great-grandchildren, Henry, Scarlett, and Lola Bankston, Aiden and Liam Castella; 2 brothers, Nick Castello and wife, Fay, and Robert Castello and wife, Renee; sister, Renee Castella Barber; and former wife, Anna Castella. Preceded in death by his wife, Paula Bradley; parents, Willie Castello, Sr. and Georgia Mae Castello; great-grandson, Elijah Castella. The family would like to thank all of the family and friends that helped out during his last days. Visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall from 9:00AM until 11:30AM with Funeral Mass at St. Helena Catholic Church at 12:00Noon on Friday, August 26, 2022. Services conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of your choice. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Jerry L. Bennett

October 6, 1951 – August 22, 2022

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022 at his home. He was born October 6, 1951 in Amite, LA and was 70 years of age. He was a United States Army Veteran of Vietnam and was a retired Lieutenant from Dixon Correctional Institute. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Clara A. Bennett; 1 daughter, Tammy B. Miller and husband, Steven Miller; 1 son, Derrick L. Bennett and wife, Cheryl Bennett; 1 sister, Porcha B. Morrison;1 brother, David Williams and wife, Rindy; 3 grandchildren, Marcus Allen Miller and wife, Rachel, Douglas Lee Miller and fiancé, Alyssa Kyzar and Garrett Lane Bennett; 1 great-grandchild, Emily Ann Miller. Preceded in death by his parents, Elbert Bennett and Wilkie Tycer Bennett; brothers, Elbert Wayne Bennett, Bobby Ray Bennett, Hillary Arthur Bennett, Herbert Blair Bennett and David Bennett. Pallbearers are Derrick Bennett, Marcus Miller, Douglas Miller, Garrett Bennett, Jody Hart and Steven Miller. Honorary Pallbearer is David Williams. Visitation at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church from 6:00PM until 8:00PM on Friday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, August 27, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Steven Miller. Interment Wesley Chapel Church Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Darlington, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Salvador Anthony Phillips

August 16, 1950 – August 21, 2022

A resident of Independence, LA, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born August 16, 1950 in Independence, LA and was 72 years of age. He is survived by his brother, Joseph “Joe” Phillips and wife, Cathy; niece, Jolene Glover and husband, Kyle; nephews, Darren Phillips, Shane Phillips and David Quave; great nephews, Brayden Hernandez, Brad and Christopher Phillips and Laard Quave; numerous cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Maniscalco; aunt, Mary Whiddon. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 8:00AM until 10:30AM, Thursday, August 25, 2022 and Catholic Mass at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church at 11:00AM on Thursday. Services conducted by Fr. Reuben Dykes. Interment Colonial Cemetery, Independence, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.


August 23 – Romans 2: 7-11

TODAY’S PRAYER FOCUS – Fire and Rescue Personnel


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