THURSDAY, December 1

Andy Taylor now has pneumonia and is hospitalized at North Oaks. Betty is with him. Keep them in your prayers.

George Eddie Lee is still at home and improving. Please continue to pray for George Eddie and Alice Faye.

James Ora Todd, Jr.

September 15, 1943 – November 29, 2022

James Ora Todd, Jr., a native of Lacombe, LA and a resident of Arcola, LA was born September 15, 1945 and passed away at 10:00AM Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at his home. He was 79 years of age and a Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife Fay Chadwick Todd. Three sons T.J. Todd (Dana), Jeffrey Brister (Pam) and Justin Brister. One daughter Leticia Brister. Grandchildren Joshua (Heather), Noah (Makenzie), Andrew (Katelynn), Jayden, Korbyn, Preslyn and Hayleigh. Great-grandchildren Harper, Rose Mary, Gracelynn and one on the way. He is survived by sisters Gloria Todd Twiggs (Ray), Joann Ruiz (Henry) and Shirley Aguzin. One Brother Joey Aguzin(Ethel). Special sister in law Judy Todd, special nieces Tina Todd Chastant and Melissa Todd Spiers. Special nephew Barry Todd, Jr. and numerous others, special friend Buddy Rutland. He is preceded in death by his first wife Susan Todd; his parents, James Ora Todd, Sr. and Violet Barber Todd Aguzin. Two brothers Barry Todd, Sr. and James Ora Todd, III. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Arcola from 10:00AM until funeral services at 11:00AM on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Bob Simpson and Bro. Luther Dickerson. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Carol Ann Woods Robert

July 18, 1968 – November 28, 2022

A resident of Waggaman, LA, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2022 at her home. She was born July 18, 1968 in New Orleans, LA and was 54 years of age. She is survived by her 1 daughter, Eunice Marie Farmer and fiancé, Kurt Frickey of Belle Chasse, LA; 2 sons, Willie farmer and John Farmer of Belle Chasse, LA; step-father, Allan Delcarpio of Metarie, LA; 1 sister, Angela Hunsicker-Owens of Greenwood, IN; 3 brothers, Cecil Woods, II and Ann of Rhome, TX, Edward Ross Woods and Cindy of Slidell, LA, and Johnathan Woods of Indianpolis, IN; 8 grandchildren, Justin Parks, Yasmin Clofer, Rickey Pugh, Krishawn Pugh, Aubree Farmer, Aydan Farmer, Ansyn Farmer, and Timothy Ivy; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Cecil Carol Woods, Sr. and Beverly Ann Koontz Delcarpio; Aunt Eunice Sheffield Phillips. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home,110 East Factory St. Amite, LA 70422, from 10:00AM until religious services at 12:00Noon on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Pallbearers are Rickey Pugh, Justin Parks, Willie Farmer, Cecil Woods, Johnnie Woods, Ross Woods, and John Kovesdi. Interment Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery, Pine Grove, LA. For an online guestbook, visit


December Focus – Birth of Jesus

December 1 – Isaiah 7: 14-17


December 1 – Luke 1


Pray you will begin to read the Bible daily this month if you do not normally do so. Pray for others in your family and circle of friends to also read the Bible more this month. Share the Special Challenge plan with others today. Ask them to commit to reading a chapter of Luke each day for 25 days.

Bro.. Darryl shares his sermon topics and Bible passages each month. This allows us to read about what he will be preaching next. I hope you will begin to read as he suggests.

Sunday Morning, Dec. 4th

“Immanuel – God WIth Us” – Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23

Sunday Evening, December 24th

“He’s Coming, He Came, He’s Here!” – No additional Scriptures

OCC Processing Centers – Report from Dallas

This week many of the shoeboxes were transported by truck to Mexico.

Make this Monday an extra special day for someone. Show Love. Reread the Scripture at the top of this post.

Anna Lee


Please continue to have appointments scheduled with specialists so they can get additional tests done and then, the procedures that will help them.

We have several friends who have Covid. I know you will want to say special prayers for Andy and Betty Taylor. We also have friends who seem to be dealing with lighter cases. Be be alert to Covid’s presence in our community again.


Two River Baptist Association in again having the Lottie Moon Tea. It will be at Spring Creek Church Saturday morning, December 10th. Ladies and girls are encouraged to come and learn how the offering started and how it is used so carefully today. It is always such a wonderful gathering.


Read chapter one on the 1st, chapter 2 on the second, and continue until Christmas morning. These chapter will give the background information and lead you to the birth of Jesus.


Day 30 – Bible Writers and Scholars

Today, I am thankful for those who took the messages given to them and carefully wrote them so we can have them today. I’m also thankful for the scholars who studied the Scriptures and prepared lessons in forms we use in Bible Study today.

Jim Todd, the husband of our life-long friend, passed away yesterday. Please be in prayer for Fay Carol and other family members.

Our lights are starting to blink, so I just published an incomplete Prayer Link. I will ask you to thank God the weather was not too bad here last night, but ask you to pray for those who had tornadoes and more serious conditions. Also, please pray for those who will face these problems today.


Revelations 5: 13-14


Thank God for churches and for schools that include Bible reading and study.

Pray for Sunday School teachers and others who lead Bible Study at their churches.

Pray for pastors who proclaim God’s Word in our churches. Pray for those at the seminaried who teach our pastors.

Anna Lee


Idell Peek Booty Edwards

December 18, 1932 – November 4, 2022

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022 at The Lodge in Amite, LA. She was born December 18, 1932 in Amite, LA and was 89 years of age. She is survived by her brother, Roddy Braddy; son, Jewel Clyde Booty, Jr.(Diane); daughter, Anita Esch(Danny); son-in-law, Thomas Doty; 5 grandchildren, Steven Esch(Jennifer), Clyde Booty, III(Barbara), Tasha Tate(Dale), Amy Cooley(Randy) and Shane Doty; great-grandchildren, Savannah Scariano(Cody), Jay Booty, Parker Esch, Brody Tate, Carson Booty(Stephanie), Lauren Esch, Drew Tate, Chloe Guidry(Randy). Preceded in death by her husband, James W. Edwards; daughter, Betty Doty; grandson, Ryan Foy; parents, Harvey Peek and Addie Braddy; sisters, Ernestine Cutrer, Emma Lambert, Helen Ridgedell, Cora Braddy and Inez Peek; brothers, Howard, Charlie, Harvey, James and Sammy. Pallbearers are Steven Esch, Parker Esch, Cody Scariano, Brody Tate, Drew Tate, Shane Doty, and Dale Tate. Honorary Pallbearers are Clyde Booty, III, Jay Booty, and Carson Booty. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Tuesday and from 9:00AM until 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at New Jerusalem United Pentecostal Church. Religious Services at New Jerusalem United Pentecostal Church at 11:00AM on Wednesday. Interment New Jerusalem United Pentecostal Cemetery, Bolivar, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Kathy Hammond Tullos

October 6, 1963 – November 6, 2022

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Slidell Memorial Hospital in Slidell, LA. She was born October 6, 1963 in Amite, LA and was 59 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Samuel Tullos, Jr.; daughters, Alice Jordan and husband, Whitney, Elizabeth Walker and husband, Cortez, and Helen Brumfield and husband, Javontae; grandchildren, Tatiana Jordan, Tristin Jordan, Tiana Jordan, Tia Jordan, Toriana Jordan, Giana Walker, Ky’Leigh Walker, and A’Kaila Brumfield; brother, Patrick Fields and wife Victoria; sister, Shyrlee Hammond; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father, James Hammond; mother, Helen Williams; brothers, Jesse James Hammond, Larry Wayne Hammond, and Alford Henry Fields; sisters, Karen Sue Hammond and Marilyn Faye Hammond. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, November 17, 2022. Interment Arcola Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

Barbara Ann Weaver

March 12, 1940 – November 22, 2022 ( Sister of Gail Brister of Kentwood)

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at her home in Roseland, LA. She was born March 12, 1940 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and was 82 years of age. She had a deep love for her family and loved being surrounded by her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Kerry Layne Brown and husband Ricky; 2 sons, Capt. Larry Wayne Weaver and wife, Trudy and Herbert Payne Weaver, Jr. and wife, Bricy; special daughter-in-law, Amanda Dorsa; special son-in-law, Matt Dorsa; 2 sisters, Gail Brister and husband, Tom and Donna Gardiner;12 grandchildren, Trisha Gambino, Heather Tassin, Laurel Cotton, Isaiah Weaver, Abe Brown, Adam Brown, Sam Weaver, Jr., Chase Weaver, Carson Weaver, Casey Weaver, Trey Weaver and Yoga Mann; 2 special grandchildren, Camryn and Cayli Dorsa; 21 great- grandchildren, Koty Ketchum, Bethany Ketchum, Chrysta Ketchum, Shelby Tassin, Bryce Tassin, Alayna Cotton, Ashira Cotton, Aztyn King Cotton, Riley Brown, Chloe Brown, Caitlyn Brown, Ezra Brown, Solomon Weaver, Maddox Weaver, Serenity Weaver, Gauge Weaver, Harley Weaver, Haven Weaver, Devin Kelly, Kevin Kelly and Taylor Metz; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Elizabath Ketchum and Elijah Ketchum. Preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Thelma Murray; husband, Herbert Weaver, Sr.; son, Samuel Weaver. Memorial Services will be scheduled for a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Options in Hammond. For an online guestbook, visit

James Marion Walker

July 9, 1952 – November 26, 2022

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born July 9, 1952 in Independence, LA and was 70 years of age. He is survived by his sons, David Walker and Jiland Torres, Charles Huckabee and Ramona, and David Tucker; daughter, Ann Williams and Eddie; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Walker, Rita Holden, Nancy Morris, and Juanita Paste. Preceded in death by his parents, Travis and Pauline Walker; wife, Sarah Walker; brothers, Charlie James and Paul James; sister, Betty Phillips; grandson, Troy Barnes; great-grandchild, Abigail Huckabee. Memorial Services will be scheduled for a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Nov. 29 – Ecclesiastes 5: 11-12


David and I went OCC shopping in Franklinton. We bought notebooks, folders, cut outs and filler paper for the folders, boxes of 64 crayons, and scrunchies for girls to put in their hair. God gave us a productive shopping day!


It is a perfect day to give to the Lottie Moon Offering, Samaritan’s Purse, LA. Disaster Relief, etc.


Sunday is the day to turn in your bags of gifts for local children’s Christmas. If you have a filled bag, bring it to church Sunday. If your bags are not filled, go shopping and get your bags ready to turn in Sunday. If you do not have bags, you can contact the church office of FBC, Kentwood (229-8111).

THANKFULNESS – Day 29 – Opportunities

Today, I am thankful for special Opportunities to GIVE and DO through my local church.

Anna Lee


Yesterday, I shared the verses for today, so today I will shaare the verses for yesterday. Excuse my periodic confusion.


Nov. 27 – Psalm 100: 4-5


William “Monroe” Blount, Sr.

  • Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home
  • Updated Nov 26, 2022

Monroe, age 77, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022. He was a resident of Walker, LA. Monroe was a very spiritual man and a committed member of the LDS Church in Denham Springs. He retired after many years as a Postmaster and has spent his retirement dedicating as much time as he could to his church. Monroe has led many missions and volunteered to help in many events within the church. He enjoyed studying up on his family history and spent many hours in front of the computer doing research. Monroe enjoyed travelling and visited more than 20 LDS temples with his wife. He absolutely adored his family and was most happy surrounded by his loved ones. Monroe was truly generous, extremely kind, and an honest and loving man. He left a remarkable impact on all who knew him and will be forever missed.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Katherine Blount; daughters, Pamela Harvey (Steve), Vanessa Aime; son, William Monroe Blount Jr.; step-daughters, Cheryl McKinney (Gary), Sondra Vitter, Dorothy Kramer, Terri Purpera (Darrell); step-son, Willie Landry (Kay); sisters, Patsy Catt (Howard), Ina Mae Creel (Ralph), Linda Johnson (Norman), Charollet Randol; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Monroe is preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine Lynette Blount; parents, Lonie and Hollis Blount; brothers, Billy Marvin Blount and Kenneth Ray Blount; sisters, Mattie Edgens and Nellie Grace Blount; step-son, Spurgeon Landry; and great-grandson, Landon Knight.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Francois Bend Assisted Living in Gonzales for their exceptional care of Mr. Monroe in his time of need.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a visitation at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denham Springs on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Alvin J. McKinney Cemetery in Springfield at 1:30 p.m.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William “Monroe” Blount Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

Monroe was a member of the Blount family living on Highway 51 north of Roseland. His sister, Ina May, was my classmate and friend.


Today, I am thankful for generous people who contribute items or money for us to spend on shopping, year-round, for the Shoeboxes that are so dear to our hearts. David and I recently have found and purchased plastic animals, school folders, school composition books, coloring books, calculators, and plastic cups. We have purchased some, but are not close to the number of items needed in these and other categories. Thanks to those of you who had helped to make this shopping for the 2023 collection possible. Our hobby now seems to be OCC shopping and the joy is preparing both the items and the shoeboxes for next year. We are thankful to those of you who help us to “keep on shopping”! I’m also thankful for the lady who had seen notebooks in a store this week and asked me if we use them in shoeboxes. We will soon begin to prepare the shoeboxes for our use next year. Who cares if the calendar still says 2022? OCC is “rolling” for 2023!

It was great to have Bro. Darryl and Laurie home from a trip they made last week. What a special service we had last night in the fellowship hall while the children were practicing for their Christmas program which will be at 6 P.M. on December. 11th!

Don’t forget your prayer time today!

Anna Lee


Barbara Sue Corkern Marshall

  • March 18, 1949 – November 22, 2022
  • Amite, Louisiana
  • Barbara Sue Corkern Marshall, of Amite, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at the age of 73. She was born on March 18, 1949, in Hammond, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Hulon Corkern and Clara Belle Lawrence Corkern.
  • Barbara is survived by her sister, Jessie Notariano and her husband Dominick, sister-in-law, Pauline Corkern, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
  • In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Marshall, siblings, Harold Corkern, Annette Laws, and Richard “Dickie” Corkern, and brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Laws.
  • Family and friends will be received at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 100 W. Magnolia St., Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454 on Monday, November 28, 2022 from 8:30 am until 10:30 am.
  • A Funeral Service will be held at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home – Ponchatoula, on Monday at 10:30 am.
  • Interment will follow at Ponchatoula Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
  • An on-line guest book is available at

Many people in our area have strep throat, flu, and covid. Please be in prayer for them and be careful not to get sick with these three illnesses.


Nov. 28 – Today, I am thankful to be able to get up and choose what I want to do, or not do, each morning. I do not have a strict, full schedule as I did for many years of my life. No bells ring to tell me to move on to something else.


Nov. 28 – Hebrews 13: 15

Be sure to pray for those on your personal prayer list.

Anna Lee



Nov. 26 -Psalm 100: 1-3


Today, I am thankful for friends – church friends, school friends, work friends, young friends, older friends, my friends, David’s friends, long-time friends, new friends, and friends yet to come into my life. Friends add so much to our lives. We have short visits in stores, by phone visits, in restaurant visits, at church visits, and even during funeral home visits. Each visit is a chance to reconnect and to update relationships.

Today, I pray for all my friends. You add so much to my life.

PRAYER FOCUS – Pray for you list of friends. Pray for their families, their jobs, their responsibilities, their doctors, their salvation, their church, etc. Cover your friends in prayer today. This may be the day your prayers make a big difference in their lives.

Today, let’s also pray for people who have been in the hospital for long term confinements this year such as George Eddie Lee, Robbie Lynn, and Jane Whickham, people who have been homebound for a long time such as Mickie Cade and Andy and Betty Taylor. Pray for family members who have lost a loved one and who are having a difficult time celebrating holidays without that loved one. You can add the names that are special to you and then, pray.

Say special prayers for people who have been away from home for a while and who are traveling today to be home for church tomorrow.


Anna Lee



Nov. 25 – Psalm 136: 25-26



Today, I am thankful for my computer and other technology . I use my computer each morning, with a few exceptions, to write The Prayer Link. I’m also thankful to my son, Jason, who did all the necessary steps to set us this blog with a host and pay the yearly fees. He is the person I call when I get stumped with the technology related to TPL. I’m thankful for the technology and for Jason’s help.

Bro. Darryl has been on vacation this week. I’m glad he had time off, but looking forward to seeing and hearing him Sunday.

If you need church information about FBC, Kentwood or any of the other local Baptist churches, please let me know.

Anna Lee



Day 24 – Traditions

It is extra special to celebrate certain holidays the way you did as a child. Many of us celebrated with our extended family and always with certain foods – turkey and dressing, sweet potato casserole, fruit salad, pies, etc. I always try to continue to serve some of these food, even when our gathering includes just two people.. Traditions help to bring back sweet memories for those holidays and the people who sat around the table many years ago. Some people always celebrated by doing certain things – football games, movies, signing a tablecloth, etc. My family celebrated by being together and often visiting family members who were hospitalized or sick at home.

I hope you continue to celebrate some of your childhood traditions each year. Hopefully, you children will continue to do the same and/or create some of your own. Traditions are important, even if some of your relatives are no longer living, relatives cannot be with you, or you are in a new house. Traditions, of any kind, help to ground children. Do you include Scriptures, singing hymns, quoting special/favorite Bible stories in your celebrations?


November 24 – Psalm 136: 23-24


I went to the church yesterday to get my records from the week (really eight days) we served as a Drop-Off Location for Samaritan’s Purse “Shoeboxes”, November 14-21. Our collection week involved 16 volunteers who worked a total of 182.5 hours. We packed 108 big Samaritan Purse cartons with 1,726 “”Shoeboxes” from 12 area churches. FBC, Kentwood packed 402 as a group and an additional 93 by individuals connected to our church for a grand total of 495 “Shoeboxes”. Thank-you to everyone who helped by purchasing items, working to remove packaging, assembling items, painting cartons, assembling “Shoeboxes”, filling the “Shoeboxes”, and serving as volunteers during Drop-Off week.


Our church members are now filling gift bags for Christmas gifts for children in our community. The bags are available under the stairwell to the sound room. Each bag is tagged, for example, “Girl 3rd – 4th grade”, so you can shop better. Filled bags can be returned to the same location and are due no later than the first Sunday of December.



Today, let’s pray for families and each member of families as they gather/do not gather for the holiday. Families always need our prayers.

Anna Lee


READ and WRITE the Bible

Nov. 23 – Psalm 136: 1-2


Ann Reneé Jones

November 23, 1970 – November 15, 2022

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. She was born November 23, 1970 in Greensburg, LA and was 51 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Tracy Jones; 2 daughters, Traci Danielle Jones and Joei Lauran Jones; 4 grandchildren, Kade Lamar Garcia, Faith Garcia, Leighton Elzie and Princeton Elzie; 2 sisters, Shannon Reeves and husband, Greg, and Laura Baños and husband, Omar; 2 brothers, Boe Ricks and wife, Kelly, and John Ricks and wife, Amy; numerous nieces and nephews; father-in-law, Joseph Jones. Preceded in death by parents, Alfred Ricks and Jacqueline Russell Ricks; mother-in-law, Gayla Sue Jones; and brother-in-law, Kevin Lamar Jones. Graveside Services will be held at Arcola-Roseland Cemetery at 2:00PM on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


November 23 – FRIENDS

David and I are blessed to have friends of all ages and from a number of towns. We are thankful for each one of them. They bless our lives.


Pray for your friends. Use names of some of your friends as you pray.

Anna Lee



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

(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