Nov. 22 – Psalm 118: 28-29



Please continue to pray for JANE WICKHAM who is still working to recover following a fall that happened following knee surgery.

Wilbur W. Creel

March 24, 1931 – November 20, 2022

A resident of Wilmer, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA. He was born March 24, 1931 in Wilmer, LA and was 91 years of age. He was the founder of the Wilmer Fire Department where he served as Chief for over 35 years. Mr. Wilbur retired from the Tangipahoa Parish Council as part of the road crew where graded many roads. He also worked for Asplundh and South Central Bell. He is survived by his wife, Ina Mae Creel; daughters, Vanessa Creel, Sherri Hendrickson (David) and Terri Schwebel (Tommy); sisters, Elouise Brown and Bonnie Bethel; grandchildren, Michael Chanse Graham, Kylie C. Sharkey (Danny), Amanda Graham, Justin Thibodeaux (Tammy), and Fallon Thibodeaux (Bill); great-grandchildren, Kole Graham, Konnor Graham, Rilee Sharkey, Kade Gill, Caden McKinney, Allee Sharkey, Knox Graham, Joleigh Thibodeaux, and Paisleigh Thibodeaux; great-great granddaughter, Parker Kole Graham. Preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Darence Grace Creel; and Jack Hilton whom he raised as a son. Pallbearers are Justin Thibodeaux, Chanse Graham, Kole Graham, Konnor Graham, Ronnie Brown, and Phillip Notariano. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Tuesday and at Wilmer Missionary Baptist Church from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Jason Skipper. Interment Wilmer Cemetery, Wilmer, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

(I remember my daddy talking about Wilbur Creel, probably from fire department and telephone company connections. In later years, I heard my husband talk about him. He was well know in his community.)

REMEMBER the word “THANKSGIVING” is composed ot two shorter words. Be sure your holiday includes boths THANKS and GIVING.


Today, I am thankful for six grandchildren. We usually see them once a year, but that just doesn’t always work out now that they are no longer children. I am thankful for phone calls and text messages, especially when they include pictures. I’m thankful for their young lives and the ways they have found, not only to get an education or work at their jobs, but also how they find ways to volunteer time to show their love and God’s love to others.

I am also thankful to be able to observe young adults at church as they grow in so many ways. What a blessing it is to see them as they assist older folks or younger folks in many ways.


Today, I ask you to pray for young adults as they struggle to grow up and grow in thee Lord. Pray for parents to be positive influences on their lives, involvement in churches that encourage them to keep following God, and opportunities to “SHINE” for Him.

Anna Lee