You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3



There are a number of families dealing with serious illnesses.  Pray for each one that you are aware of.



David is home from the hospital.  The results of the bone marrow test will be available next week.  Thank-you for your continued prayers for both of us.



Doris Faye Tillery

March 30, 1945 – January 15, 2019

A resident of Denham Springs passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. She was born March 30, 1945 in Amite and was 73 years of age. She is survived by 3 children, Mark Thomas, Kelly Tullier and husband James, Lauren Sibley and husband Jason; grandchildren, Ryan Thomas, Kathryn Thomas, Maryn Thomas, Danny Tullier, Brendan Tullier, Jared Tullier, Kailyn Sibley, Morgan Sibley, Raegan Sibley, Brinnyn Sibley, Ethan Sibley, and Camryn Sibley; 2 brothers, Robert W. Tillery, and Carlton E. Tillery; special friend, Robert Pezant. Preceded in death by parents, Julian and Doris Tillery; granddaughter, Aubryn Thomas. Visitation at Tangipahoa United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until religious services at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Claude Eugene Smith

February 25, 1936 – January 16, 2019

Our wonderful and loving father Claude Eugene Smith has found peace and went on to see his heavenly Father. Claude Eugene Smith was born in Mount Hermon Louisiana on February 25th 1936. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Aline (Wilkes) Smith and father, Wilson Eugene Smith. He will be met at Saint Peter’s gate by his two grandsons whom he will finally be able to once again hug and hold; Travis Wayne Vicknair and Charles Jacob (Jake) Kirkland. What a joyous moment it will be. Claude spent his early years working on his family farm and picking up milk in the surrounding area. Upon graduating Mt. Hermon High School, Claude then went on to box as a middleweight for 2 years at Louisiana State University. Claude married his High School sweetheart Bettye Lou Holiday on August 10th 1956. Claude worked at multiple things until he found his calling with Brown & Root and started a 38 year career building bridges throughout Southeast Louisiana and working in the refineries as well. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60+ years, Bettye Lou Smith, who has been with him throughout the many years of marriage, both good times and bad. Claude will also leave behind his daughters, Sandy Smith Vicknair, Cheryl Smith Braud – wife of Michael Braud, and his son, Ronnie Eugene Smith, husband of Michele (Heller) Smith. He had dedicated his life to his grandchildren Krystle Vicknair, Reeve Kirkland, Corinne Kirkland, Abigail Smith, Ryan Smith and his one great grandchild, Waylyn Vicknair. He will be deeply missed by his two siblings Martha Alford-wife of Pete Alford and Walter Smith-husband of Diane Wine and his special uncle Fleet Smith Junior with whom he has built a lasting and enduring relationship throughout the years as well as his many nieces and nephews. Claude Smith will have visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, 501 Avenue G, Kentwood, La. on Monday January 21st from 10 am until religious services at 12 Noon where we will then proceed to Mount Hermon Cemetery for a farewell service and his final resting place here on Earth.




Charles Robert Eldridge, Jr.

March 27, 1939 – January 15, 2019

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Hammond, LA. He was born March 27, 1939 in Amite, LA and was 79 years of age. He is survived by 2 daughters, Christina Calmes and husband Terry, Dana Lynn Robin and husband Josh; 1 son, Charles “Chaz” Eldridge, III and wife Wendy; 6 grandchildren, Sean Eldridge and wife Shelby, Tori Lynn Eldridge, Anthony “ Brit” Calmes, Andrew “Bradley” Calmes and wife Wendy, Holly Storey, and Robert Storey; 5 great grandchildren, Savannah, Luscian, Gabriel, Roman, and Cheyenne. Preceded in death by parents, Charles Sr. and Mamie Eldridge; wife, Lois Eldridge; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Minette Holstead and Bobbie Lee Darouse. Visitation at the First United Methodist Church, Amite, from 1 p.m. until Memorial Services at 3p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Josh Milliron. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible

January 17 – Psalm 69:30, Psalm 71:6, 14,  & 16

January 18 – Psalm 71:22, Psalm 75:9-10



Ladies of FBC

  • Monday – Associational WMU meeting at East Fork Monday at 10 A.M. followed by lunch
  • Tuesday – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at the Burger Basket in Osyka at 11:00.
  • Mission Project for Hope Center – Bring cans of soup and place on the organ. Deadline will be “Souper” Bowl Sunday (Project sponsored by Youth on Mission)




Focus on the power of prayer daily and spend some time in prayer.

Anna Lee




Daily Bible Reading – Day 15

  • Psalm 59:16
  • Psalm 61:8
  • Psalm 62: 2 & 6



Daily Bible Reading – Day 16

  • Psalm 63:4-5
  • Psalm 66: 13 & 15




Phillip Strickland is in St. Tammany.  Please pray for him and his family.



Glen Magee, Sr. had surgery today.  Because of a bleed, he had to go back for more surgery.  He’s okay, but still in ICU.



Bryan Tate is back at M.D. Anderson.



David is in Ochsner on O’Neal and having lots of tests and procedures.




Pat Reid, formerly of Amite and a graduate of AHS,  Class of 1964.  Please pray for those who are left behind.



Mrs. Beverly Duncan, who is widely known as a Valley Forge teacher passed away.

Belvery White Duncan

July 25, 1940 – January 13, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Belvery White Duncan announces her passing Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the age of 78. Belvery will be lovingly remembered by her husband Huey Duncan, whom she had spent 56 loving years with and her son David. Belvery was born July 25, 1940 in Philadelphia MS to Clyde Lee White and Novelle (Barrett) White. She graduated from Philadelphia High school and University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Education. For the past 53 years Belvery has been a long-time resident of Amite LA. Belvery was a longstanding member of Sharon Missionary Baptist church in Amite, LA. Belvery taught school for 18 years, Insurance Agent for 11 years, and worked for Duncan and Associate Right away Consulting with her husband for 20 years. She was an avid Motorcyclist enthusiast and toured all 48 states and most of Canada as well as being a long-standing member of the Holiday Rambler Pine-belt motor home club, both of which created long time friendships all over the country.
Belvery will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend Huey and her son David (Catherine). Her granddaughter Sydney Duncan-Wilmoth (Brandon) and 3 great grandsons, her sister Sylvia White Mars, and sister in laws Anna Lofton White and Joyce White and many nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. Belvery was preceded in death by her son, Walter Craig Duncan, parents Clyde and Norvelle White, brothers Chadwic White, Hassill White, L.C. White and sister Vonceil White Lety. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Visitation 8:00 a.m. until  Religious services at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Services conducted by Bro. James Thornhill. Interment Crain Creek Baptist Church. For an online guestbook, visit




Larry Eugene Deaton

June 12, 1960 – January 13, 2019

Larry Eugene Deaton was born on June 12, 1960 to Darwin “Dabo” Deaton and Maxine Cummings Deaton. Larry was survived by his wife, Daphne Amanda Swearingen Deaton; his son, Darris Marshall Deaton; daughter, Jocelyn Glass Burkes and husband, Andrew; son, Jordan Glass and wife, Meghan; son, Dwayne Eldridge and wife, Bevin. Larry treasured his grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He gave each one a nickname: Duely Wyatt Deaton “Dude”, Dana Elizabeth Deaton “Toog”, Charleigh Jayne Deaton “Chuck”, Paisleigh Olivia Burkes “Petunia”, Ella Grace Glass “Sweet Pea”, and Allen Wayne Eldridge “Noodle”. Larry was survived by his siblings, Sandra Gelatt and husband, Skip, John Deaton and wife, Georgia; brother-in-law, Richard Swearingen and wife, Shannon; his many nieces and nephews, Emily Clark and husband, Adam, Ryan Gelatt, Jacob Deaton, Jordan Deaton, Genna Deaton, Justin Deaton, Madison Swearingen, and Jeffrey Swearingen; and his mother-in-law, Daphne Capps. Larry volunteered as a teenager and as an adult at the Eastside Fire Department in East Baton Rouge. He lived to go fishing and hunting in Columbia, LA, J.C. Camp in Bude, MS, and Lake Mary in Woodville, MS. He was a master plumber and master gas fitter. He made many life-long friends through work, fishing, and hunting. He started his own business in 2003 and lived in Kentwood, LA. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Wednesday and from 8:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. In lieu of flowers, give money to Build The Wall. For an online guestbook, visit



James “Boe” Walter Archer, Jr.

February 18, 1942 – January 13, 2019

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at his home. He was born February 18, 1942 in Jacksonville, FL and was 76 years of age. He was a member of Beulah Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by sister, Lillie Ann Purvis, McComb, MS; nephew, Russell Lee Purvis; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by parents, James Walter Archer, Sr. and Essie Grace Archer; nephew, John Arthur Purvis. Visitation at Beulah Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Thursday, January 17, 2019. Interment Beulah Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Pray like you believe in prayers for these an other needs!

Anna Lee


“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever,

no matter what.” 

~Psalm 119:112 CEV~




Pray for Frances Gay, please.   She caught the flu and has to wait for knee surgery.  Pray she can get past the flu quickly.




Shane Wilkinson had a wreck yesterday because he blood sugar got too low.  He is okay, but his vehicle is not.  Thank God Shane is okay.



Bro. Rusty Durant’s father-in-law passed away.   Please be in prayer for Melissa and other family members.



The Hope Center is in need of volunteers, male and female, to help while Sylvester is having treatment and Shirley is with him.  Please call to learn their needs and volunteer.  Prayers for Sylvester and Shirley are greatly appreciated.




Read the Bible in 2019 / Underline each “I will”.

  • Psalm 35: 18 & 28
  • Psalm 39:1



Operation Christmas Child – January is the month to turn in hats, scarves, and gloves.  If you have other items, it is fine to turn them in too.



Pray for other needs that are not mentioned today.  Thanks for praying today.

Anna Lee


“People do not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 

~Matthew 4:4 NLT~



Comment: please add Dayna Baker to your prayer list. She is in ICU in St Louis with a blood leakage and heart problems. She’s had 4 units of blood so far. They are doing a scope and EKG today. pray that they find the source of the bleed and that her heart is ok. Thanks .                                                                                  Pam Sellers, formerly of Kentwood



Please keep Frances M. Gay in your prayers as she prepares for knee surgery.




Nita Hayden Lea

March 12, 1933 – January 05, 2019

Nita H. Lea, a resident of Amite, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born March 12, 1933 in Independence and was 85 years of age. She was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and loved teaching Sunday School. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Lea Frazier and husband, Bill; granddaughter, Kami Frazier Bourque. Preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Orval Hayden; husband, Charles Frank Lea, Sr.; son, Charles “Chuck” Lea, Jr.; sister, Rose Fagan; brothers, Carl, Billy, Steve and Ronnie Hayden; grandson-in-law, Steven Bourque. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:30AM until religious services at 1:00PM Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Randel Camardelle. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leah Wilkinson Memorial Foundation at For an online guestbook, visit




Elmer “Rip” Rohner

February 13, 1934 – January 5, 2019

And a resident of Kentwood died early Saturday morning January 5, 2018 at his home. He was the owner/operator of Amite Sign Company for 43 years and the owner of The Pines in Kentwood for many years. Rip loved to play his bass guitar at home and often played during services at various churches that he attended in the area. He enjoyed fishing and liked to keep a well landscaped and manicured lawn. Rip always enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survived by:

Wife of 30 years: Debbie Goings Rohner of Kentwood

5 Children: Ashley Rohner of Baton Rouge,
Alex Rohner of Kentwood,
Jeannie Watkins of Missouri,
Diane Rohner of Amite,
Dorinda Rohner of Kentwood

8 Grandchildren: Danny Watkins,
Timmy Lawrence,
Misty Nicolosi,
Jason Lawrence,
Scarlett Sigrest,
Melvin Battles,
Mike O’Hara,
Nicole Watkins

20 Great-grandchildren

4 Great-great-grandchildren

Sister in law: Carol Rohner of California

Also numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Cathy O’Hara, parents Murphy Rohner and Mary Bridges Rohner, great-granddaughter Mia Ruth O’Hara, a brother Jesse Rohner and sister Stella Frances Rounsaville.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton. LA) on Tuesday January 8th from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 7:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Clay Spinks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations to, or to a church of your choice.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to Dr. Dale Tate and the staff of Heart of Hospice for their care and support.

Honorary Pallbearers are Danny Watkins, Mike O’Hara, Nick Savarino, Chuck Harrell, Dan Slocum, Alan Goings, B.J. Goings.




Read the Bible and mark the “I wills….”

  • Psalm 30:1
  • Psalm 30:12
  • Psalm 32:5




The next associational WMU meeting will be Monday, January 21st at 10 A.M. at East Fork Baptist Church to honor WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.  There will be a leadership meeting at 9 A.M.  The meeting will be followed by a covered dish lunch.  Any girls who are having a school holiday that day are invited to participate with us.

What would WMU be like without very dedicated women?





As you read The Prayer Link each day, remember to add your own requests.  There are always others to pray for,  but for one reason or another, it was not feasible to list all of them.

Anna Lee





9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator

~Colossians 3:9-10~



Continue to pray for Mrs. Bessie Hayden.  She’s home and learning more and more about living independently.




Continue to pray for those who are homebound.  Make a call, deliver a meal, send a card, or just visit them.  You will both be blessed.




David had two medical visits yesterday.

  • He learned his blood level has increased since Tuesday.  The Procrit must be working.
  • He went to a dentist because he was having trouble eating and his gums were sore,  He will begin some new dental work Tuesday.  I think the dental issue is a result of the fall he had outside on Christmas evening.
  • We never know which way this journey will take us, but we know God is with us on the journey.





Hazel Elizabeth McKnight

May 14, 1939 – January 03, 2019

Hazel Elizabeth “Beth” McKnight, 79, born in Clinton, LA and a resident of Zachary, went to her eternal home on Thursday, January 3, 2019. She worked for Nunn Electric Supply for 21 years before retiring.
Visitation will be at Zachary United Methodist Church on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 9:00 am until service time at 11:00 am conducted by Dr. Greg Davis, Rev. Harold Babin and Rev. Rickey Willis. Burial will follow in Day’s cemetery, Greensburg.
Beth is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth Charles McKnight, nieces and nephews, Denise Dyer Stewart(Blake), Rickie McKnight(Kelli), Randy McKnight(Kelli), Todd Castello(Desiree) and Earl Allen (April) and special great nieces, Ashby Warren(Steven) and Aley Stewart.
She is preceded in death by her father, Toler Hurst, Mother, Hazel Hutchinson Hurst and sister, Beverly Hurst Dyer.
Pallbearers will be Mark Hurst, Rick Hurst, Blake Stewart, Rickie McKnight, Randy McKnight and Todd Castello. Honorary pallbearers are Terry Travis, Donald Duncan and Mike Ray. She was a member of United Methodist Women for many years, Emmie Montegeudo Circle and loved greeting all of her church family on Sundays.




Read (and Write) the Bible

  • Psalm 17:15
  • Psalm 18:49
  • Psalm 22:22

Be sure to underline “I will” in each part.








The college and career class of First Baptist Church returned from “Passion” in Atlanta.  Thank God they were able to go to the event and grow from the experience.  Also, thank God for their safety.




The items to bring during January for Operation Christmas Child are scarves, hats, and gloves.  You can bring them to my Sunday School classroom.  Thanks!  It’s time to start over for the boxes we will send toward the end of the 2019 year.




You never know which way your journey of life will take you, but you can know God is with you.  If you don’t have that assurance, contact a local pastor or church member.  That could be the best decision you make during your lifetime.

Anna Lee







“God can do anything, you know—

far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” 

~Ephesians 3:20 The Message~




Remember the many families with sickness or loss of loved ones.




Lila Jean Watson

March 01, 1966 – January 01, 2019

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond. She was born March 1, 1966 in Independence and was 52 years of age. She is survived by her husband, David Watson, Sr.; 2 sons, David Watson, Jr. and Randy Watson; 5 grandchildren, Brenlee, Carson, Kayden, Noah and Addie Watson; 3 sisters, Shirley Cooper, Faye Carney, and Ruthie Dykes; 3 brothers, Edward Dykes, Jackie Dykes, and Jerry Dykes and his wife, Cathy; brother-in-law, Michael Watson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father, Coy Dykes, Jr.; mother, Martha Traylor; brothers, Eugene Travis, Phillip Dykes, William Dykes, Carl Ray Dykes, Tommy Lane Dykes, and Jimmy Dykes, Sr. Visitation at My Father’s House Church, Tangipahoa, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 4, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Melvin Rushing. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



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Operation Christmas Child suggests we purchase hats, gloves, and scarves during January.  Also, it is always suggested you make purchases that are bargains at any time.  You can bring your items to my classroom.

I hope you enjoy some of the videos from OCC that I post.  They encourage me to get back into the collection stage of this process.




The college and career class of FBC, Kentwood is in Atlanta for a conference.  Pray for hearts to be touched.  Also, please pray for safety as they travel.




Read the Bible and mark the ‘I Will’s”.  (Writing the verses is optional.)

  • Psalm 9:1-2
  • Psalm 13:6




Use your talents for the Lord today.

Anna Lee



“I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect.

But Christ has taken hold of me.

So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.” 

~Philippians 3:12 CEV~



Pray for Buddy and Eleanor Morris as he has a scan at Ochsner on Jefferson Hwy.




Pray for Frances Gay as she has knee surgery and goes through the recovery process.




David has battled a cough for a while.  After a very difficult night Monday, he went to the ER at Ochsner on O’Neal yesterday..  A few hours of testing there and and antibiotic medication has changed his world (and mine).  I’m so thankful for his improvement and the rest we were able to get because of his improvement.




Another member of the Dykes family has passed away.  Lila Dykes Watson‘s obituary is not available yet.  I will post it when it becomes available.





Carl J. Schuler (My cousin, Scott Tolleson’s, father-in-law)

November 3, 1935 – December 28, 2018

Bossier City, LA – Services for Carl J. Schuler will be 12 noon on Friday, January 4, 2018 at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Nick Sorrell.  Interment will follow at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, Keithville, LA at 2 p.m. with United States Air Force Honors.  Visitation will be at the church prior to the service from 11 a.m. until service time.

Carl was born November 3, 1935 in Emmaus, PA and passed away December 28, 2018 in Shreveport, LA. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and retired from the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Knight Schuler; sons, Kenneth McCutchen, Jeremy Schuler and grandson, Logan Pace.

Carl is survived by sons, Randall McCutcheon of Portland, OR, Carl Schuler, Jr. of Austin, TX; daughters, Brenda Tolleson of Bossier City, LA, Carla Hobbs of Lancaster, CA; brother, LaMar Schuler of PA; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Honoring Carl as pallbearers will be, Jacob Tolleson, David McCutchen, Micah Tolleson, Jonathan Hobbs, David Tolleson and Jacob Schuler.





Read the Bible (Underline the “I Wills”)

  • Psalms 3 : 5 & 7
  • Psalms 7: 17




Have a blessed day!

Anna Lee