For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

~2 Corinthians 4:6~


Today, I’m sharing the obituaries of two ladies who set examples and shared their strong faith. One attended FBC, Amite and the other FBC, Independence. I knew them and appreciated their examples of sharing their faith and God’s love.

Yvonne Hayden Vining

October 13, 1931 – March 12, 2023

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at her home. She was born October 13, 1931 in Amite, LA and was 91 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Amite and a retired bank manager. She is survived by her daughter, Linda V. Husser and husband, Kenneth D. Husser; son, Ronald Vining and wife, Christy S. Vining; 6 grandchildren, John A. Husser and wife, Ashley W. Husser, Jennifer H. Reitz and husband, Joseph B. Reitz, Jr., Daniel A. Vining and wife, Elizabeth D. Vining, Blake E. Vining and wife, Valerie Vining, Brock E. Vining, and Levi W. Vining; 8 great-grandchildren, Joseph B. Reitz, III and wife Jenna D. Reitz, Jeremiah K. Reitz, Jayden F. Reitz, Trystyn Vining, Allie Vining, Alexis B. Vining, Beau M. Vining, Bristol R. Vining and Lena; brother, Alfred Hayden. Preceded in death by husband, John W. Vining; parents, Forace and Leander Hayden; 2 sisters, Marybelle Hayden Brumfield and Gussie H. Stevens; 2 brothers, Ellis P. Hayden and Horace E. Hayden. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Carolyn Jane McElveen Baham

August 4, 1929 – January 17, 2023

Carolyn Jane McElveen Baham, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away on January 17, 2023. She was 93 years old, and throughout her life was known for her nurturing, kind, and thoughtful ways. She was a person of very strong faith and a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Independence, Louisiana. She truly had the heart of a servant and was always there to support, encourage, and advocate for anyone in need. In early adulthood she was employed by Lallie Kemp Hospital in Independence, where she took X-ray dictation and worked in the business office. Later in life she was part owner of Buster’s Furniture in Amite, Louisiana, serving primarily as office manager and administrator. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.E. “Buster” Baham, and her brother, R.E. McElveen, Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Martha Buchanan and Rebecca Fabre (Jody), her granddaughter, Colleen Fabre, siblings Elsie Danley and Jerry McElveen (Sue), and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Due to recent exposure to Covid among family members, a private graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Amite Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 1:00PM at First Baptist Church in Independence. Her family gratefully acknowledges the kind and loving care provided by New Hope Manor skilled nursing facility in Cedar Park, Texas and Silverado Hospice of Austin, Texas. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


  • March 15
  • Genesis 18: 20-19:29
  • 2 Peter 2:4-10
  • “A destruction I have seen sin cause is . . . . “


THEME: United to Reach North America with the Gospel

What is the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering?

The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) is the primary way Southern Baptists fund missions in North America. One hundred percent of gifts given to AAEO go to the field to support more than 2,400 missionary families serving across the United States and Canada.

Our Responsibility – Our prayers and offerings allow the 2,400 missionary families in the United States and Canada to serve and share.


Saturday morning, these two groups will join together as a learning opportunity for the boys and give them the “tools” needed to complete some craft projects that will be sent to boys worldwide in our 2023 “Shoeboxes”. This will be a great opportunity for both groups and hopefully will work into more opportunities.


Ruby Schwartz will be having knee replacement surgery next week.

Laurie Miller will he having back surgery next month.

Pray for Rhonda Miller as she has surgery and begins recovery.


Take a few minutes to read some of these articles you will not find in a regular newspaper.


  • Nursery for all babies and young children
  • Children’s class
  • Youth gathering
  • Adult prayer meeting – “Eternal Love and Forgiveness, Romans 8: 19-29

Thank-you for reading and praying. Let’s make a difference in Kentwood and the surrounding areas today. Take Him with you wherever you go and use the opportunities God provides to share with people He places in your path. Make today count for Jesus!

Anna Lee