. . . . for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

~1 John 5:4~


  • April 29
  • Psalm 18
  • “The last prayer God answered for me was . . . .”


James “Bud” Howell

May 30, 1940 – April 26, 2023

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, April 26,2023 at his home. He was born May 30,1940 in Amite, LA and was 82 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Betty Lindsey Howell; 7 daughters, Carolyn Magee and husband, Hugh Magee, Tammy Terrebonne and husband Brian Terrebonne, Rebecca Howell and Rick Staggers, Betty Howell Precia and husband, Anthony Prescia, JoAnn Lato and husband, Vincent Lato, and Thelma Wallace and husband, Douglas Wallace; 1 son, Ricky Wayne Howell; 1 sister, Verlie (Louise) Howell Golmon; 2 brothers, Louis Nelson Howell and Melvin Donald Howell; 17 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon (Marie) Howell Waterbury; parents, James and Lucille Howell; sister, Evelyn Wallace. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, May 1, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Special thanks to Lakeside Hospice for their outstanding, kind, and compassionate care for not only our father but our family as well. For an online guestbook, visit

Flora Crane Talmage Landwehr

April 30, 1929 – April 20, 2023

Flora Crane Talmage Landwehr passed away on April 20, 2023, at the age of 93. She was born on April 30, 1929, and is survived by her four children: Joseph Clarkson Landwehr Jr., Jane Talmage Thurston (Landwehr), Goyn Mann Landwehr, and Louisa Elliott Landwehr, grandchildren Melissa Jane Wilson (Thurston) and Grant Lankford Thurston, great-grandchild Mira Lee Wilson.

Flora was married to Joseph Clarkson Landwehr, (deceased 2003). She was a native of New Orleans, graduated from Sophie Newcomb College with a degree in music. A woman of energy and intelligence, Flora was known as an avid tennis player, musician and advocate for many social organizations as well as the Presbyterian Church. She was known as a generous host along with her spouse Joe, of the Elliott House Bed and Breakfast in Amite, LA.

Flora’s legacy lives on through her family, who will hold cherished memories of her in their hearts forever. She will be deeply missed and remembered fondly by her family, friends, and all who were fortunate to know her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Flora’s memory to a music-related charity or a cause that was dear to her heart.  Condolences can be sent through McKneeely Funeral Home of Amite, LA.

A memorial service to celebrate Flora Talmage Landwehr’s life will be held on June 17,2023 at 12 pm, at First United Methodist Church in Amite, LA where friends and family will come together to honor her memory and share stories of her life. May her soul rest in eternal peace. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Merrell Joseph Fischer

July 31, 1937 – April 22, 2023

Merrell Joseph Fischer, age 86, passed peacefully into his Heavenly Father’s loving arms on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Devoted husband of 65 years to Sandra Brada Fischer. Adored father of 4 children: Lucy Vorst (Matthew), Martin (Bubby) Fischer (Lynn), Kenneth J. Fischer, and George A. Fischer (Ann Marie). Proud Grand-Pere’ to sixteen grandchildren: Jeffrey Schluter (Ashley), Rachele Schluter Riley(Dereck), Luke Vorst, Mitchell Fischer(Rachel), Courtney Fischer, Victoria Fischer, Nicholas J. Fischer, Nicholas S. Fischer, Codey Fischer(Shareen), Dustin Fischer(Emily), Michelle Fischer, Michael Fischer, Emma Grace Fischer, Gavin Rowe, Ethan Rowe, Matthew Rowe and seven great-grandchildren. Beloved brother of the late Gerald A. Fischer (Patricia) and son of the late George A. Fischer, Jr. and the late Emma Fayard Fischer. Merrell was born in New Orleans on July 31, 1937. He was a graduate of DeLaSalle High School (1955) before briefly attending LSU. During and after high school he served in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at the New Orleans Station on Lake Ponchatrain. His career was in engineering with International Harvester Company, later known as International Truck and Engine (Navistar). He spent his years with the company in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Chicago, and Ft. Wayne, Indiana before retiring to Mississippi in 1995. He was actively involved with Toastmasters International throughout his career. He was a Cajun at heart and his northern friends loved when he shared southern stories and jokes. He was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Lexington, Mississippi and most recently attended St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite, LA. He was an accomplished football official and officiated for many years in the New Orleans area before being transferred with his career. He continued to enjoy critiquing officiating on television for the remainder of his life. He loved animals and while at the farm in Mississippi raised Native Gulf Coast Sheep, Black Angus Cattle, and had a life-time membership in the Black Angus Association. He enjoyed raising grapes, was an avid winemaker, beekeeper, and an avid runner. He was always the center of attention in a group and will be missed by countless many. A private graveside prayer service will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023 11 AM at Amite Memorial Gardens located at 59299 S. Laurel St., Amite, LA 70422. A memorial mass and “celebration of life” is being planned for July, 2023 in Amite, LA at a date yet to be determined.. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Today, let’s pray for the children and families, both natural and fostering parents. We all know the home a child is. in makes a big difference. Let’s pray for the children and the homes today and for the workers who do their best to help families work through this process.

Have a wonderful Saturday, the preparation day for Sunday.

Anna Lee