Debbie’s Obituary

Deborah Rimes Miller

February 21, 1953 – April 18, 2019

Deborah Rimes Miller, 66, of Kentwood, passed away, Thursday, April 18, 2019 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home.

She was born February 21, 1953 in Independence, LA to the late Ralph and Louella Bethel Rimes.

Debbie is retired from the State of Louisiana Department of Corrections.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, J.C. Miller of Kentwood; her son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Nikki Miller of Kentwood; her brother and sister-in-law, James and Susan Rimes of Kentwood; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wendell and Diane Miller of Hillsdale; two grandchildren, Caysen Miller and Tanner Miller and four nieces and one nephew.

Visitation is Monday at First Baptist Church in Kentwood from 9AM until services at 11AM with Bro. Joe Weaver and Bro. Darryl Miller officiating.  Burial will follow in Hillsdale cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit, MS.

Pallbearers are Josh Miller, Shane Holland, Jarrett Glass, Ross Lee, Lathan Campo and Cory Blunk.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Alzhiemer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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Good Friday

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

~1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (NIV)~





This is the day we honor the death of Jesus on the cross because He gave His life for us.   It truly is a Good Friday.  I’m thankful I know the “end of the story” and the purpose of the resurrection.




Read and Write the Bible Today – James 5:7-9





Eggs are a sign of new life.  Easter eggs represent the new life we have through Jesus.  As your children tire of the plastic eggs this week, if you do not plan to keep them, please bring them to Kentwood First Baptist Church.  We would like to give the plastic eggs new life as an item for Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes“.  I will have a large basket at church for the eggs or you can leave them in the church office during the week or in the classroom next to the choir room on a Sunday.  Thanks for helping us.




Some of the local churches are having special services today.  You may want to check around and attend one.



Sunday, you will have the opportunity to attend sunrise services at Inspiration Park or some of the local churches.  I have fond memories of previous sunrise services.  I trust you do too.  Make a new memory this week.




Sunday, many of our churches will have extra services and special music to celebrate the resurrection.  Find you place and join the celebration.  Remember, “Up from the Grave He Arose”.




I know many of you plan to honor Debbie Miller‘s life and sweet friendship.  I will post her obituary when one is available later today.

Anna Lee





Thursday Evening

It is with a very sad heart that I share that our special friend, Debbie Miller, is now singing in heaven’s choir.  She passed away this afternoon.  Arrangements will be made in the morning.  Please be in prayer for J.C., Josh. James, and other family members.


If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

~ Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) ~



Teaching in the missions class last night, I was so thankful to hear the children speak of the real meaning of Easter.  They know the difference between the meaning of the cross and the meaning of Easter egg hunts.  They also prayed for missionaries, every one of them.  That is usually my favorite part of the class, because it shows they understand the importance of telling others about Jesus.  What a blessing the children were to me last night!




I see the headline news is all about the weather that is expected her today.  Be prepared.  Stay alert.  This morning, before the weather gets bad, help someone who might have special requirements in preparation for the weather that is forecast.  After the storm, it is too late to prepare and to help others prepare.




Read & Write the Bible Today – Isaiah 40:28-31




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I forgot to tell you Brett Frazier is home with a nurse and a physical therapist going to see him.  The family is all under one roof again.  Please continue to pray for Brett’s health.




Prepare early and stay safe.

Anna Lee


 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

~Isaiah 1:18~

I love Scriptures that have become songs.

Today, let’s thank God for the improvement Chuck Pittman is making following his accident.  Keep praying for him, his family, and the medical staff caring for him.
Josiah Huckaby had a procedure yesterday.  He is doing well and is not expected to have another one for several months.
This silly boy enjoyed his “vacation” at the FedEx Family House last night. We are so grateful that Le Bonheur has this amazing resource for families that have to travel long distances for procedures & those that stay long term. He had a heart cath today & did great. They increased his stents from 4mm to 5mm without having to go through his liver. He won’t have to have another cath for 5 months unless he starts having symptoms of his pulmonary veins starting to narrow again. To God be the glory! @ FedExFamilyHouse
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Today, I want to share three obituaries.  David and I know all four of them with a variety of connections such at growing up years, school, and church.
  • Annie Bell Caston Harrell

    April 19, 1925 – April 15, 2019
    • Annie Bell Caston Harrell of Greensburg, Louisiana passed away on April 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM at home. The daughter of the late Glen Hughes Caston and Lottie Elizabeth Frazier Caston, she was born April 19, 1925, in Amite County, Mississippi and was 93 years of age. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 76 years, Phillip Latham Harrell. A member of First Baptist Church, Kentwood, Louisiana, Mrs. Annie taught the “Steadfast” Senior Ladies Sunday School Class for many years. Chief of Mrs. Annie’s joys were her Faith in Christ, devotion to her late husband, Phillip and their family, and the lovely ladies who shared their Faith in Christ each Sunday morning and fellowship one with the other thru the years of their relationships. She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Harrell Yarborough; son in law, Don Yarborough; son, Ronald Ray Harrell; daughter in law Suzanne McNabb Harrell; grandchildren, Melanie Yarborough Mackey and husband Kevin, Alisha Yarborough Epperson and husband, Larry; Brian Keith Yarborough and wife, Tina; Anna Scott Harrell Sain, and husband Allen; Phillip Wade Harrell and wife Keri; and fifteen special great-grandchildren and five special great-great grandchildren. Visitation to be at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, Louisiana Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM with religious services following. Interment at Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood. Pallbearers: Brian Keith Yarborough, Matthew Yarborough, Drew Harrell, Luke Mackey, Kevin Mackey and Daniel Epperson. Honorary pallbearers: Allen Sain, Wade Harrell, Justin Mackey, and Larry Epperson.
  • Michael “Mike” Joseph Murphy

    December 31, 1948 – April 15, 2019
    • Michael (Mike) Joseph Murphy passed away peacefully at his home Monday, April 15, 2019 at the age of 70. He was born December 31, 1948 in Leeville, LA to William Otis Murphy and Helen Josephine Holligan Murphy. His family moved to Roseland, LA when he was a child and he has resided in Amite for over 20 years. Mike graduated from Amite High School and attended Southeastern Louisiana University. Mike married Diane Cumpston in 1974 and their daughter, Laura “Jolene” was born September 3, 1977. Mike’s wry sense of humor will never be forgotten or understood. Mike was a faithful husband and father to the two ladies he loved dearly, Diane and Jolene. He was employed for over 25 years with Cal-Maine Foods in Pine Grove, LA. Mike is survived by his wife, Diane, daughter, Jolene, step-son, Heath Hulsey, sisters-in-law, Sandra Passman and Brenda Ardillo and family friend, Autumn Betbeze. Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, Helen and Bill Murphy, and his mother and father-in-law, Chuck and Marie Cumpston. Visitation will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall in Amite from 8:00 am -10:00 am on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow visitation at 10:30 am. Service conducted by Fr. Mark Beard. Interment will follow in Arcola-Roseland Cemetery.
  • Randy D. Bryant, Sr.

    December 16, 1958 – April 14, 2019
    • Randy D. Bryant Sr., a resident of Holden, LA, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. He was born December 16, 1958 in Amite, LA and was 60 years of age. He was a U. S. Army Veteran. He is survived by wife, Charlotte Forsyth-Bryant; 2 sons, Randy D. Bryant, Jr. and Skylar Singleton and wife, Raeven; 2 daughters, Jessica Ann Bryant and Charlotte Rae Davis and husband, Jesse; 8 grandchildren, Gage Monroe Bryant, Brenden Dakota Latil, Kellan William Moran, Riley Bryant Moran, Alexis Rae Bryant, Alexandra Madeline Manzie, Maci Grace Davis and Colbie Lane Singleton; mother, Betty Gill Bryant; brother, Jimmy Ray Bryant and wife, Vicki; 3 sisters, JoAnn Bryant, Donna Callihan and husband, Gary, and Rita Fay Rutland; 2 beloved furry babies, Rosa Lee and Bear. Preceded in death by father, Walter Bryant. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00 a.m. until religious services at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Darryl Miller. For an online guestbook, visit


Read and Write the Bible – Hebrews 10:35-36 & Hosea 12:6




I believe in prayer.  As I witnessed the full moon last night, I just had to stop and thank God for the moon and so many other things/people through whom God has blessed my life.

Anna Lee


“I am the door;

if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved.” 

~John 10:9 NASB~





Pray for Mike Lambert who is hospitalized again.  Your prayers will be appreciated by his family and friends.




Read and Write the Bible Today – Hebrews 6: 16-18




If you have beads and other nice throws from recent parades, those items can be used in packing shoeboxes.  Also, small to medium size stuffed animals are also good.  You can leave these items in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room.  Thanks for sharing your freebies.




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Disaster Relief provides help in many forms.   The Gospel is shared with people in times of need in addition to meeting physical needs.  You can become one of those who go and serve as needed when needed.

SBDR shines ‘ray of hope’ after southern storms

by David Roach, posted Monday, April 15, 2019 (14 hours ago)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated April 15 at 3:25 p.m. with information from Louisiana.

ALTO, Texas (BP) — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units have deployed across the South following a weekend of storms that caused at least eight deaths, injured dozens more and left damage from Texas to Georgia.In east Texas, DR units from both Texas Baptist Men and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention deployed after an EF-2 and an EF-3 tornado touched down. At least four people in Texas died, according to media reports, including two children who were killed when a pine tree fell on the car carrying them near Pollok, Texas.

“When things seem really bad, we’re able to come in and just introduce that ray of hope for them to take the next steps,” Texas Baptist Men spokesman Rand Jenkins told NBC’s Dallas affiliate.

Texas Baptist Men, a ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, deployed DR teams to the hart-hit towns of Franklin and Alto, Texas, April 14, according to a BGCT news release. Their ministry has included feeding units, chainsaw crews, shower and laundry units, temporary roof installation, assessment and chaplaincy.

SBTC volunteers were headed toward Franklin with a quick-response mobile kitchen within two hours of an April 13 tornado, the North American Mission Board told Baptist Press. Self-contained like a food truck, the quick-response mobile kitchen is designed to serve a few hundred simple meals quickly before a larger feeding operation can be established. The unit also focuses on evangelism, the SBTC said.

A second SBTC DR team dispatched to Alto and focused on feeding and recovery.

“Lots of [church] members have gone out with chainsaws helping to clear the trees and the debris,” said Gary Pridemore, pastor of First Baptist Church in Alto, where the SBTC team has established a base of operations. Locals and outside volunteers “have been working like beavers getting all the trees cut up and roads cleared.”

In Mississippi — where at least one person died according to media reports — six local chainsaw teams deployed along with three teams focused on chaplaincy and assessment, NAMB said.

In Alabama, a DR team did chainsaw work in the city of Troy while another team did chainsaw and roof tarping work in Etowah County, Alabama Baptist DR director Mark Wakefield said.

At least one county worker died near Birmingham, Ala., when a vehicle struck him as he attempted to clear fallen trees from a roadway, according to media reports.

In Louisiana — where at least two deaths were reported — a DR team from Blanchard performed tree removal and roof repair work, according to Louisiana’s Baptist Message newsjournal. The team also distributed Bibles and water.

At one point on April 14, nearly 90,000 people across the South were without power because of the storms, the Associated Press reported.

Pridemore, of Alto, Texas, requested prayer for the safety of DR workers, the recovery of injured people and the spread of the Gospel.

“Pray that [DR work] will open doors to the ministry of the churches,” Pridemore said.



Thanks for reading and praying today.  As you pray, also remember those whose names have been listed lately and those whose names were not listed, but who have  spiritual, physical, emotional, medical, or financial needs.

Anna Lee






Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.

The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

~John 11:25~



I hope you will block off an hour to watch this unique Easter presentation at FBC, Kentwood.  You may even want to become Facebook friends with them so you don’t miss any of their videos.  Thanks for getting us in a good mindset for Easter.  Donice and Alice Mary, thank you so much for leading our church through this experience.[0]=68.ARB4jaRJJAToWx1U1Vy2Q4RCKcoekNrvYkiV5MaM75V8BljjQCT9KH_1bIsEhloZXUbWi6YfMsYVRqcIkLmdRKbgDhoKW-2C7Gv8izuGYVA9rptSMKTpiQTXE24teGyFFaYslD2VtXfY48_ziN9gPgkJE4HoXKhbFPAcymRBxcDCzv-yElclfBYwLDFkQYwiNWC9syia4iDD-zHAP6z-hNMAvXE5P1SrwjGqPaTHO_9fY8-sO5H77TohYzde3x5ruAF2jsbVCXCOFHMYmfGHW26waAMEWXd7BJr13MjdhGogXKInkG3tdjcgcYY9wIh5SvO8vnRYHfVObABWZ_cEthDRQfm_



Brett Frazier will have one of the two tests done this morning.  The other one cannot be done.  Pray this test is the one that will lead the cardiologist in making good decisions about Brett’s care.  Pray for Brett as he enters a new week of treatment.  Pray for Susan and other family members.




Read and Write the Bible Today – Hebrews 6: 19-20




The Associational WMU meeting is at 10 this morning at Montpelier.  I hope many of our ladies are able to attend.




Have a great, brisk Monday!

Anna Lee