“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”

~Matthew 20:18-19~


WEEK 14 – SALVATION: Heaven’s Call

  • Sunday, April 2
  • John 3: 16-17
  • Romans 5:9-11
  • Hebrews 5:7-9
  • “Since Jesus willingly died for me, I will . . . . “


Nan Gale Corkern Ballard

November 25, 1939 – March 18, 2023

Nan Gale Corkern Ballard as resident of Amite, LA went to her eternal home on March 18th, 2023, at the age of 84.

She was born on November 25, 1939, in Amite, LA to Martin & Myrtle Mixon Corkern.

She was survived by her lifelong partner Richard Paul Ballard Sr, six children three daughters Kenta Damonte, Brenda Damonte Osborne, Becky Damonte Hopkins, three step-sons Richard Paul Ballard Jr, William Charles Ballard & Kenneth Lee Ballard. Two sisters Linda Corkern Relan & Judy Corkern Little one brother Christopher Corkern.

She was the proud grandmother of thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents Martin & Myrtle Mixon Corkern, her son Galen Troy Ballard, three brothers Aubrey, Benny, & Martin Corkern. Two sisters Carolyn Corkern McCallister and Delores Corkern Ware.

Nan Gale was raised and lived most of her life in the Amite LA area. She attended beauty college in New Orleans and went on to work her entire career as a hair stylist in and around the Amite area. She loved to work in her yard, flowers and gardening were her passion. Her other passion was raising her baby calves she did this most of her adult life and they were known by all her friends and family as her pets. She loved cooking and entertaining others, and her home was always open to all. Nan Gale never met a stranger and would help anyone in need, she will be missed, and her kindness and generosity will never be forgotten.

We would like to thank the wonderful staff of Modern Hospice for loving our mother and being a friend and kind caregiver to her as well as our family. They touched us deeply and we will never forget their dedication to the job but most importantly the care they provided to our mother.

Nan Gale will be laid to rest with her son Galen Troy Ballard at a graveside service on Friday April 7th, 2023, 2:00 PM at Sylvest Cemetery, all are welcome to attend.

There will be a reception following burial at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Roseland, LA, all are welcome to attend.. For an online guestbook, visit

Please pray for the Ballard and Corkern families.

KBC, KENTWOOD was packed with people three times in the last week!

First, the Sunday worship service was full as people gathered for church. Every service is special as we spend this time to worship. How wonderful it is to share this time with others!

Second, Wednesday, there was a special service “A Night of Joy”, that focused on youth, but was appropriate for everyone as we learned how our sins are like links of a chain that we try to carry.around rather than giving them to God.

Yesterday, there was a memorial service for Morgan “Mo” Shockley. There were many guests in the church who can to “Pay their respects” to the family and to remember her as she touched their lives. Thanks to all from the church who helped, in any way, in the service and the meal for the family.

I’m thankful for individuals and the church as a whole, as they represent Jesus in our community.


Today, let’s focus our prayer on young families. Thank God for them, especially if your family has some young families. Pray they will spend time in church weekly and train their children to follow Jesus.

If possible, find a way you can assist or inspire then to attend, participate, and to put Jesus first. Both you and the families can be blessed in this way.

Anna Lee