But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

~2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (NIV)~





Bro. Don Meadows, pastor of Taylor Creek Baptist Church, is showing some improvement with his Bell’s Palsy.  Please continue to pray for him.


David Joel Carruth

A resident of Kentwood, LA, David was peacefully welcomed into heaven on August 13, 2019 after a brief illness following heart surgery. Born March 29, 1964 in Kentwood to his loving parents Ransom David Carruth and Yvonne Bryant Carruth. David was a boilermaker by trade but had been unable to work for many years. David is survived by his sisters Mary Jo Ricks of McComb, MS and Kathy Wales (Chris) of Kentwood, LA, 5 nieces and nephews Rob Ricks, Rondi Ricks, Kirk Wales, Kristen Eichholz and Korey Wales. He also had 11 great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his companion and caregiver of many years Rachel Marvin. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Carruth, and an infant brother.

A memorial service will be held at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, Kentwood, LA on August 24, 2019 from 9:00 till the service at 11:00 A.M. officiated by Bro. Michael Townsend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pine Ridge United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund in memory of David.




Scripture Writing – August 17 – 1 Corinthians 13:12




Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes” will be delivered to more than 100 countries this year.  In the next four years, they will be delivered to 1,000 Pacific islands.  They were delivered to 107 unreached people groups in 46 countries in 2018.  More than 86,000 shoeboxes were received to places where churches are starting for the first time.  Shoebox gifts open doors to communities without a church.  Shoeboxes give children the opportunity to learn about Jesus.




Be thankful for your blessings today.

Anna Lee






May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

~2 Thessalonians 2:16-17~





John Miller, think of the Hitching Post and The Cafe, will be having hip surgery Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge.  Let’s pray for him and his family.  Pray for him as he trust God to provide a temporary home so John doesn’t have to climb the stairs at The Cafe.




Scripture Writing  – August 16 –  James 1: 2-4



Thanks to those who have offered items or money for shoebox items!

Anna Lee


He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

~Psalm 147:3~




Caleb Estay, son of Landon and Alisha, had surgery about 5 P.M. yesterday to put a new shunt in the place of the one removed in the previous surgery.  All went well.  Caleb should be able to go home later today.  Pray for him as he heals from surgery and prepares to begin school.




Melinda Russell, a friend and former missionary in Romania, will be have surgery to remove a tumor from her lung.  She now lives in China where her husband is a teacher.  Most of her family lives in Texas.  Having surgery in a foreign country where there is a language difference complicates things for the patient, family, and for the medical staff.  Please pray for Melinda and everyone else involved.




Pack your own “shoebox” – You select the items and Operaation Christmas Child will pack and send your shoebox gift for you.




A friend from Amite found the new plastic OCC shoeboxes for sale in Walmart in Amite.  That means they are probably available in many locations.  This saves the cost of paying for postage and for having to buy the boxes in quantity.  I ordered cardboard boxes last week!




Scripture Writing – August 15th – Psalm 147:3




There have been a number of deaths in our area lately.  As you think about them, please consider the professionals who work with each family during the difficult days.  They surely have difficult jobs, ones we are thankful others choose for their careers.  Pray for professionals who select the jobs we don’t think we would like to face each day.

Anna Lee










“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 

~Romans 8:28 NIV~




Scripture Writing – August 14 – 2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17




David Ray Hilbun, Jr.

March 12, 1972 – August 12, 2019

A resident of Kentwood, LA was peacefully welcomed into the arms of Jesus on August 12, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born March 12, 1976 in McComb, MS to his loving parents, David Ray, Sr. and Judy Newsom Hilbun. David was a boilermaker by trade and took pride in his work. He would often talk for hours about a job he was on. Moving up in his career, he always looked out for the guys that worked under him and looked at them as an equal. Often he would say, “I was in their shoes at one time.” He never hesitated to get right along side them to lend a hand when needed. On his time off, David enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially the light of his life, his precious granddaughter, Saylor Grace. David enjoyed spending time on the river, whether it was running a trout line or just wetting a hook. He loved the peacefulness of the river, always looking for the “Big Catch”. When David wasn’t on a river bank somewhere, you could find him outside cleaning up his Harley Davidson to take a ride for the day. He loved the open air and the freedom of the open road while riding his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle. David is survived by his wife of 23 years, Brandi McDaniel Hilbun; 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Kelsey Hilbun, Shelby H. Oliver and husband, Bruce, and Harley Hilbun; a granddaughter, Saylor Grace Oliver; father, David Ray Hilbun, Sr.; sister, Misty Hilbun; 2 aunts, Barbara Ann Hilbun Graham and Dorothy Newsom Morris; fathers-in-law and mothers-in-law, Richard and Karen McDaniel and Jimmy and Julie Holton; 3 sisters-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law; and numerous cousins and friends that loved him dearly. He was welcomed into his heavenly home by his mother, Judy Ann Newsom Hilbun; sister, Tanya Denise Hilbun; paternal grandparents, Dave Odie and Maxine Lea Hilbun; maternal grandparents, Willie, Sr. and Helen Brumfield Newsom. Pallbearers will be Brad Yarborough, Skipper Venable, Kirk Keller, Barry Wall, Jerry Newsom, Jr. and Josh Newsom. Honorary pallbearers will be Ruben Prejean, Keith Keller, Kenny Ray Graham, Victor Joe Morris, Roy Blades, and Claude Forrest. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7. The family would like to express their thanks for all the phone calls, visits, texts, and food throughout this time. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 10:00AM until religious services at 2:00PM on Friday, August 16, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit




We had two wakes in our neighborhood last night.  Let’s pray the two funerals today will happen without more showers.  Let’s pray for the families in the coming days.




Baptist Press –




Operation Christmas Child – You select the items and Operation Christmas Child will pack and send your shoebox gift for you.  Here is an option a lady recently told me she used last year.




Hoping and praying for a cooler day!

Anna Lee








Tuesday Addition

Adrian Lovett Phillips

June 22, 1943 – August 11, 2019

Adrian Lovett Phillips

Adrian Lovett Phillips, Sr., 76 of Pine Ridge passed away, Sunday, August 11, 2019 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg.

He was born June 22, 1943 in Pine Ridge.  He was the son of Clyde Lea Phillips and Sudie Rimes Phillips.

Mr. Phillips was a longtime member of Pine Ridge Methodist Church.  He was a retired Boilermaker with Local 582 in Baton Rouge. He was an excellent mechanic and welder. His favorite pastime was fishing, especially with his grandchildren and he also loved hunting.  Mr. Phillips proudly served in the Merchant Marines.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Cheryl Lynn Phillips; one grandson, Rodney Strickland and a brother, Clyde “Dutch” Phillips.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lauree Phillips of Pine Ridge; two sons and daughters-in-law, Adrian “Phil” Phillips, Jr. and Shona and Ivy “Shorty” Williams and Annette of Pine Ridge; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mona “Dee Dee” Tantillo and Jory of Albany, LA and Verda Strickland and Ronnie of Kentwood; one brother and his wife, Dennis and Cindy Phillips of Pumpkin Center, LA; four sisters and their husbands, Kathy and Bruce Harrell and Ginger and Tommy Travis of Kentwood, Marsha and Rick Vogler of Pensacola and Janet and Jimmy Myer of Hammond; his former wife and mother of their children, Joan Martin of Albany, LA seven grandsons, Tyler Travis, Hunter Phillips, Jerod Phillips, Jake Phillips, Colton Strickland, Sawyer Tantillo and Austin Williams; three granddaughters, Kristan Travis, Jordyn Tantillo and Delaney Phillips; thirteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

Visitation is Tuesday at Pine Ridge Methodist Church, 3893 LA-440, Kentwood, LA 70444 from 5PM until 9PM and Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 8AM until services at 10AM with Michael Townsend officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Travis, Hunter Phillips, Jerod Phillips, Jake Phillips, Colton Strickland, and Sawyer Tantillo.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Allen, W. D. Newcomb, Kenny Bush, Sonny Travis, and Ronnie Hammons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Pine Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 3893 LA-440, Kentwood, LA 70444.


For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)~




From Frances Gay –

Lisa Carrier, who lives in Amite, is in Houston for appointment at M.D. Anderson concerning a mass found in her ovary. She would be appreciative of prayers on her behalf and all concerned. Lisa works at North Oaks in the lab. She has been a friend of my family for many years. Please add her to the prayer list. Thank you

Lisa is one of my former students.  I have enjoyed seeing her and her siblings several times in recent years.  Let’s keep Lisa in our prayers.




Morria Reynolds, father of Deanna Reynolds, will have a leg amputated on 9/4/19.  Your prayers for him and his family will be greatly appreciated.




Caleb Estay is still waiting for a decision about the next medical step.  Pray for him and his family as well as the medical staff of Children’s Hospital.




Gaylon Cutrer continues to improve following his recent hospital stay.  He and his family would appreciate your prayers.





David’s blood level yesterday was 8.0, the highest it has been in two months.  We are thankful for his good report.





Florene Cureton Pate

December 11, 1928 – August 11, 2019

A resident of Fluker, LA, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 11, 1928 in Brownsfield, TX and was 90 years of age. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. She was a member of Walter T. Ott #217 Order of  Eastern Star and retired from the Louisiana State Tourism Center in Kentwood. Florene was a member of Tangipahoa Baptist Church where she was voted Mother of the Year. She is survived by  husband of 74 years, Robert Pate, Sr.; 4 children, Robbie Lynn Pate, Deborah Pate Ragan (Devon), Lisa Pate Ginn (Grant) and Robert Pate, Jr.; 7 grandchildren, Robert Bridges, Stephanie Novak (Tony), Heather Monoc (Marco), Jessica Westmoreland Stogner (Edward), Kristen Bonds (fiancé, Josh Barnhill), Brandon Kuyrkendall (Zandrea) and Curtis Ginn; 9 great- grandchildren, Madison Bridges, Hadley Doin, Loic Doin, Silas Novak, Arden Novak, Berend Kuyrkendall, Emma Monoc, Leona Kuyrkendall and Eleonor Rose Stogner; twin sister, Lorene Windham. Preceded in death by her 2 daughters, Sarita Pate and Rebecca Pate Bonds; parents, Robert and Rosa Cureton; 2 brothers, Robert and Gene; 3 sisters, Hazel, Doris and Joyce. Visitation at Tangipahoa Baptist Church from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Tuesday and from 8:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Greg Stewart. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


I saw Mr. Robert Pate a week ago today as I was buying gas for David’s trip to Baton Rouge a week ago today.   We had a sweet visit. He asked us to pray for his wife.  Now, we need to pray for Mr. Robert and other family members.




Adrian Phillips

Arrangements for Adrian Phillips Tuesday 5-9 and Wednesday 8-10 at Pine Ridge Methodist Church in Kentwood, LA.





Build an OCC “Shoebox” online!’




Scripture Writing – August 13 – Isaiah 33:2




Keep the prayers coming.  Your prayers make a big difference in many lives.

Anna Lee