Leroy Rodriguez

September 18, 1955 – September 20, 2022

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at PAM Specialty Hospital in Covington, LA. He was born September 18, 1955 in Loranger, LA and was 67 years of age. He loved his cigarettes, 18 wheelers and especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Regina Salter and Gene, Angela Milton and Jeramie and Tammy Raiford and Justin; 2 sons, Cody Raiford and Susan and Leroy Rodriguez, Jr.; grandchildren, Caden McKinney, Joleigh Thibodeaux, Paisleigh Thibodeaux, Kaymen Raiford, Layton Salter, Kase Salter, Braelyn Milton, Blakely Snyder, Brantley Rodriguez and Riggin Rodriguez; mother, Lukeinea DiMattia; and numerous brothers and sisters. Preceded in death by his father, Leander Rodriguez, Jr.; grandmother, Bernice Rodriguez; uncle, Leslie Rodriguez; brother, Glen Jordan. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, September 23, 2022. Interment Noah Cemetery, Uneedus, LA. For an online guestbook, visit


September 21 – Colossians 3: 15-17


Who was Georgia Barnette?

When we think about those that brought our nation into existence we think of names like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. Other names bubble to the surface when we think about the beginning of our great state. But when we think about Louisiana Baptists and our mission as believers, we remember Georgia Barnette. In 1901, Georgia Barnette arrived at First Baptist Church in New Orleans. Although she was new to the region, she fell in love with the city, its history, its diversity and its needs. Georgia went across the state and visited churches by boat, train, and horse-drawn carriage. She began to work with women all over the state.

Through this process of getting to know Louisiana personally, she began to organize the mission and communicate about the needs across our state for the gospel. With the help of churches, she made it her mission to increase mission awareness. Her passion was unquestionable. Because of her love of the Gospel, the Great Commission, and Louisiana, she became the first Executive Director/Treasurer of the WMU in Louisiana. Although Georgia’s work here on earth ended many years ago, she left a heritage of hope for the state of Louisiana. Her handwritten correspondence reminded Louisianians to invest in ministry. Our state has changed dramatically since her departure, but the needs are even greater than they were over 100 years ago. Our state is a mission field. The torch has been passed to us as we share the light in an ever darkening culture.



David was able to locate eight Barbie-like dolls. yesterday. He’s hopeful he can locate some as he travels to and from Baton Rouge this morning for an appointment. Pray for a good report and for more dolls.

PRAYER FOCUS TODAY – Shoebox Leaders

Pray for those who lead the “Shoebox” effort in local churches, churches throughout the state, churches all across the United States, and churches around the world. Each person has a small part, but together they impact many children, families, churches, and countries. May God bless each person involved.

Anna Lee