I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

~Luke 24:49~


  • May 17
  • Ephesians 4: 1-24
  • “If my new lifestyle is to reflect Jesus, . . . . “


John Phillips

August 2, 1933 – May 14, 2023

John Irvin Phillips

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he died at home Sunday, May 14, 2023. He was 89 and a native of St. Helena Parish. He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church, a cattle farmer, former construction worker, a former Marine, and a graduate of Kentwood High School where he was a member of FFA, the football, basketball, and track teams.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Marilyn Bridges Phillips; daughter Rachelle and husband Otis “OT” Taylor; son William Thomas “Billy” Phillips; grandsons Phillip and wife Jennifer McDonald Taylor, John Taylor, and Samuel Taylor; great-grandchildren Lena, Lucas, and Lincoln Taylor; sister Anna Phillips Speed; nephew Clifton Thomas Speed, Sr.

Preceded in death by parents William Thomas “Willie” Phillips, Sr. and Lottie “Marie” Pike Phillips; brother William Thomas “Billy” Phillips, Jr.; brother-in-law Clarence Eddie Speed Sr.; nephew Clarence Eddie Speed, Jr.

Visitation will be held  from 9:00AM until time of service at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Pine Ridge Methodist Church, 3893 Hwy. 440 Kentwood, LA 70444, with Rev. Michael Townsend officiating and Sharkey Funeral Home in charge of services. Internment will follow immediately after service at New Zion Cemetery.

Special thanks to Community Care Hospice for their help—Ashley Redmond, Ashley Thomas, Dejunna Holloway, Eric Williams; special thanks also to caregiver Joyce Ann Gilbert.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Taylor, John Taylor, Samuel Taylor, Travis Day, Kent Blades, Clint Travis.

Honorary pallbearers are Lyn Day, Clifton Speed, Sr., Jimmy Dale Newman, Barry McNabb, Wesley Blades, Kenneth “KT” Travis, Bobby Travis.




Today, let’s pray for trade schools and colleges that will be instructing our current high school graduates next year. Pray for safe environments, motivated teachers, and friends/classmates with a similar focus who will be an encouragement. Also, let’s pray churches will provide a class and motivated teachers so the students have a great class to continue to learn and serve through.

A second prayer focus will be on families as they provide proper vacations for their families this summer. More and more, we are hearing about bad things happening in environments that provide unsafe and nonChristian environments that we do not want our friends and family to be involved in. Choose carefully.

Get out and/or reach out to show some Christian love today.

Anna Lee