Your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need [food and clothes], and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.” 

~Matthew 6:32-33 TLB~




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 2

  • Exodus 15:19-17:7
  • Matthew 22:1-33
  • Psalm 27:1-6
  • Proverbs 6:20-26



Rev. James R. Phillips

March 12, 1948 – January 31, 2020

A resident of Roseland, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 12, 1948 in New Orleans, LA and was 71 years of age. He was the Pastor of Calvary Pentecostal Church in Roseland. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Brenda Hughes Phillips; daughter, Annette M. Phillips; son, James Brandon Phillips and wife, Tonya; 4 grandchildren, Dakota and Joshua Distefano and Hannah and Brantley Phillips; 2 sisters, Louise Causey and husband, Jimmy, and Elizabeth Phillips. Preceded in death by father, Joseph L. Phillips; mother, Bertha L. Westmoreland Phillips; father-in-law, Oscar Hughes; mother-in-law, Nina Hughes; 2 brothers, Joseph W. Phillips and Glenn R. Phillips; and a sister, Irma L. Bennett. Special thanks to Craig Jones and Kathy Hubbard with AmeraCare Home Health and Hospice. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Monday and from 8:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Brandon Phillips. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland. For an online guestbook, visit




Harry Glen Sterling

May 11, 1947 – January 31, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg, LA. He was born May 11, 1947 in Gloster, MS and was 72 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Spears Sterling; daughter, Wendy Sterling Aaron; son, Lewell Glen Sterling; son, Kendall Ott and wife, Deborah; daughter, Delilah Givens and husband, Jody; daughter, Anital Waller and husband, Jason; grandchildren, Kaeleigh, Kelsey, and Whitley Sterling, Sterling Aaron, Jonathan, Kelsey, Kendall, Jr. and Brandon Ott, Amber, Michael, and David Dugar, Cody Kyle and Lauren Waller; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Eva Panzera and husband, Joe, Diane Jenkins, and Mary Ventress and husband, John; 2 brothers, Darryl Echols and wife, Maria, and Mike Echols. Preceded in death by father, Harry Sterling; mother, Vivian Echols; sister, Mary Elizabeth Banta; nephew, Joey Panzera; niece, Nicole Varnado Gillian; great-grandson, Dane Scott Dugar. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 10:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, February 3, 2020. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




Please continue to pray for Smiley Conerly who is hospitalized in Hattisburg and Donald “Red” Alford who is hospitalized in Covington.  Also, please continue to pray for the family of Harold Newman and others who has lost loved ones lately.  Thank God for the lives they lived and lives they touched.




I’m sorry to still be writing, but I keep getting side-tracked this morning.  I suppose that happens to some of you too.  Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee










What, then, shall we say in response to these things?

If God is for us, who can be against us?

~Romans 8:31~




I forgot to mention that we saw Chuck and Mary Ellen Brister while we were visiting at St. Tammany Hospital.  Chuck went home Thursday afternoon but will be seeing his oncologist soon for the proposed treatment plan.  Pray for Chuck and his family.




Smiley Conerly has been hospitalized at Hattisburg almost all week.  He has had several unexpected problems.  Pray for Smiley and Carol Jean.




Donald Alford had his first radiation treatment yesterday.  Pray for Donald and his family.  He is in St. Tammany still.




Pray for the many people with the flu and those around them who are trying to stay healthy.  Also. pray for those exposed to the Caronavirus.  Pray it will not be as serious as the CDC is considering it possibly can be.




Harold Newman‘s celebration of life service will be today at Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home in Hammond.  Pray for this family too.




Stella Jo White Farriel

September 30, 1946 – January 28, 2020

Passed away peacefully in her sleep January 28, 2020,at the age of 73, at Heritage Healthcare in Hammond, La, where she resided since August, 2019. As a lifelong member of the Tangipahoa United Methodist Church, Stella graced the congregations with many years of beautiful music playing hymns on both the piano and organ. She Also played occasionally at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church. Stella worked at the Hammond Research Station – LSU AgCenter as an executive secretary for 46 years until her retirement. She remained an avid sports fan and always wanted to know if the Roos football team won under the Kentwood water tower. She never let a Saturday go by without asking if her beloved LSU Tigers won. And of course, her favorite color was purple. Stella’s love of reading kept the Kentwood Library busy with the many books they would get for her. She always had a stack to keep her occupied. Stella was preceded in death by her mother Willie Merle Phillips White and her father Clyde Moore White Sr. She is survived by her brother CM White Jr, his wife Patty (Pizzolato), niece Ashley Moore White Rosalez and her husband Michael Rosalez., Aunt Hilda Mundth, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews locally and across the country, and a host of friends. Stella’s family would like to thank the staff of Modern Hospice .. especially Sammy and Rosetta for their gentleness and kindness during the past several months. Heritage Healthcare provided a safe “home away from home” residence and the staff from the beginning were caring and courteous. Her family appreciates all the nurses and aides who attended to all her wants and needs. Per Stella’s wish, there will be no public viewing or service. Interment was at Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood, La., near her mother and father. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either of her two favorite institutions…The Kentwood Library, 101 Ave. F, Kentwood, La 70444, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 1

  • Exodus 13:17-15:18
  • Matthew 21:23-46
  • Psalm 26:1-12
  • Proverbs 6:16-19




Have a great day!

Anna Lee




“The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation.

He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

~Exodus 15:2~




We were able to visit with Chuck and Mary Ellen Brister yesterday while we were visiting David’s brother, Donald, and his family yesterday.  Please pray for both families.




Please pray for David’s sister, Bonnie, and her family as they prepare for Harold Newman’s services.




William Frederick “Freddie” Carter

March 01, 1936 – January 29, 2020

William Frederick “Freddie” Carter passed away peacefully on January 29, 2020 after losing his courageous battle with cancer. He was born on March 1, 1936 in the beautiful hills of St. Helena Parish where he was raised, made his life, and raised his family. He only left the farm a few years to serve his country as a US Marine, an honor he was extremely proud of. He was an insurance salesman for almost 60 years and a real estate agent and appraiser. However, he always considered himself a farmer, for he was happiest there. He is survived by his wife and “best girlfriend” of 57 ½ years, Glancy Palmer “Tiny” Carter; son, William Matthews “Matt” Carter (Kenya); daughters, Amy Lynn Carter and Cindy Ann Carter; granddaughter, Emma Lea Carter; and grandson, William Seth Carter. Preceded in death by his parents , Prentiss Henson Carter, Sr. and Rebecca Matthews Carter; brother, Prentiss Henson Carter, Jr.; and sister, Betty Jo Carter Koger. Freddie was proud of his many accomplishments, especially his hunting trophies that he gathered around the world. However, he was most proud of his children. Freddie was an integral part of the Greensburg Community where he served on many boards and organizations as well as a member of First Baptist Church in Greensburg. Visitation at First Baptist Church, Greensburg, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00PM on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Interment will follow in Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 30

  • Exodus 10:1-12:13
  • Matthew 20:1-28
  • Psalm 25:1-15
  • Proverbs 6:6-11



Thanks for checking and and praying today.  Prayers mean so much!

Anna Lee











 So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

~Zechariah 4:6~





My sister’s surgery went well.  She’s home and ready to heal.  Please continue to pray for Julie Smith Eudy.




Please continue to pray for Kristi Alford, Chuck Brister and Donald Alford.  Pray also for their families.




Terry Gray Voight

September 22, 1934 – January 27, 2020

“Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Matthew 25:21

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020 at her home. She was born September 22, 1934 in Amite, LA and was 85 years of age. She retired fom the State of Louisiana after 33 years and performed volunteer work after retirement. She won numerous awards for her volunteer service and was an advocate for child literacy in our community, parish, and state and was a former Girl Scout leader and 4-H leader. She is survived by son, Weston Voight of Amite; daughter, Kimberly Pinion and husband, Jeffery, of Amite; grandchildren, Brandon Voight and wife, Lauren, Crystal Alexander and husband, Wendell, Todd Voight and wife, Georgette, Whitney Guitrau and husband, Dustin, Jaci Dinger and husband, Marion; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Lee Gray and wife, Patsy; sister, Vera Brennan and husband, Paul, of Kingston, NY; numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lewis Voight; mother, Norma L. Davis; father, Henry Gray; daughter-in-law, Catherine “Lalou” Voight; grandson, Stephen L. Voight; sister, Mary Ellen Davis; 2 brothers, Bert and Jack Gray; step-parents, Ernest Davis and Pat Gray; in laws, C.Y. and Aurie Belle Voight. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Services conducted by Bro. Paul Brennan. Interment Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery, Amite, LA. Special thanks to Modern Hospice, Runekia Bran and Natasha Barnes. In lieu of flowers donations may be made CYE c/o Justin Simmons, P.O. Box 411 Glenmora, LA 71433. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 29

  • Exodus 8:1-9:35
  • Matthew 19:13-30
  • Psalm 24:1-10
  • Proverbs 6:1-5




We had a number of items turned in at church Sunday for Operation Christmas Child.  They have all been opened and grouped for shoeboxes.  Lots of love is going into the shoeboxes.  David and I are dedicated to/addicted to shopping, organizing, and packing for them.

I love to tell about shoeboxes and do “shoebox show and tell”.  Pray with me as I consider how to best spread the word about the shoebox ministry.

Anna Lee










Taste and see that the LORD is good;

blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

~Psalm 34:8~


Marion Antoinette “Doll” Gray Willson

July 09, 1936 – January 24, 2020

A life-long resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg. She was born July 9, 1936 in Kentwood and was 83 years of age. She was a retired dairy farmer and a member of Pine Ridge United Methodist Church. She is survived by 2 sons, Paul Willson and wife, Mary Ann, Kentwood and Jimmy Willson and wife, Laurie, Houston, TX; daughter, Tracy Willson Desselles and husband, Gary, Abita Springs; 7 grandchildren, Jim Willson, J.J. Willson, Adam Willson and his wife, Lori, Bracy Willson Pinegar and husband, Jeff, Cristen Willson Blades and her husband, Landon, Colby Desselles and Bailey Desselles; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Nancy Birch and husband, Ladell, and Peggy Varnado and husband, Dr. Jimmie W. Varnado; 2 sisters-in-law, Kay Gray and Toni Gray; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ray Willson; parents, James and Nettie Gray; sister, Velma Georgia Gray; 5 brothers, James Hulon Gray and wife, Minette, Huey Gray and wife, Dorothy, Leahman Gray,  Philip Gray, and James Monroe Gray. A graveside service will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine Ridge, LA at 1:00PM on Monday, January 27, 2020 conducted by Rev. Dr. Michael Townsend. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 26

  • Exodus 2:11-3:22
  • Matthew 17:10-27
  • Psalm 22:1-18
  • Proverbs 5:7-14



David and I had a good week with OCC.  Today, we are announcing what the classes at our church are purchasing for February.  If you are not finished shopping for January, it is never too late.




 Pine Ridge United Methodist Church will host their monthly breakfast benefit this morning at 8 A.M.  Enjoy the fellowship and food.  Contribute to a need in the community chosen by a team of ladies who are always alert to needs and have a heart to help out.




Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee








I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

~Ephesians 3:16~




David’s brother-in-law

Harold Benton Newman

  • June 5, 1933 – January 20, 2020
  • Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
  • Harold  Benton Newman
  • Harold Benton Newman, originally of Hammond, LA, died Monday, January 20, 2020, at his home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, at the age of 86. He was born June 5, 1933, to the late Shelby and Anita Newman. He was a resident of Mississippi for the past 33 years.
    Harold is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bonnie Alford Newman; brothers Shelby William (Bill) Newman, Glenn Earl Newman, and Rudolph Paul (Rudy) Newman, sister Joyce Love Newman, children Harold Keith Newman, Sharon Kay Newman Ott (Mike), and Matthew Eric Newman (Susan); grandchildren Becky, Christina, Bryan, Miranda, Mikayla, and Kaylen; and 6 great-grandchildren.
    In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Ann Newman Mulkey and Elsie Jean Newman Smith, and daughter Diana Sue Newman Brown.
    Harold was a veteran of the Army National Guard, and retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation (Highway Department). He was an animal lover, an avid outdoorsman, and a life-long fisherman.
    Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service in Harold’s honor at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, Louisiana, on February 1, 2020, from 11 am to 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, and to honor Harold’s love for animals, the family asks you make a donation to Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary in Arcola, Louisiana or Tangi Humane Society in Hammond, Louisiana.




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 25

  • Genesis 50:1 – Exodus 2:10
  • Matthew 16:13-17:9
  • Psalm 21:1-13
  • Proverbs 5:1-6



I have been crafting for OCC.  It has been a real joy!  If you like to craft and know the value of OCC, you may want to get with me for some joint projects.  If you are shopping monthly, you will realize the first month is ending.  Are you pleased with what you purchased or crafted in January?  Stay tuned for our February needs….

Anna Lee




He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak

~Isaiah 40:29~



David’s brother, Donald,  and his family need additional prayers.  They will be greatly appreciated.




Leon Marcus

October 23, 1950 – January 22, 2020

Leon Marcus, Jr., 69, of Independence, LA, passed from this life on January 22, 2020.  He was born on October 23, 1950, in Independence, LA, to Leon and Dorothy Marcus. He was a member of Arcola First Baptist Church; served his country in the US Air Force; enjoyed spreading God’s love, and was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather.

Proceeding him in death was his father, sister, and Grandbaby Bigner.

Survivors are his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Jo Marcus; his mother, Dorothy Marcus; his son, Chris (Janel); daughters, Sandra (Gary Bigner), Amanda (Andy); brother, David Marcus (Faye); sisters, Ida (Abe Kyzar), Patricia (Richard Dickerson); grandchildren Makenna, Taylor, Gary, Jamie, Brayden; great granddaughter, Jaedyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Arcola First Baptist Church in Arcola, LA, from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. The funeral service will follow at 11 AM with burial following in the Arcola First Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leon Marcus’ name may be made to: Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, LA.



Read the Bible in 2020 – January 24

  • Genesis 48:1-49:33
  • Matthew 15:29-16:12
  • Psalm 20:1-9
  • Proverbs 4:20-27



What this day has in store for us today, we do not know.  A more important question is “What do we have planned for this day?”  Let’s make this day count!

Anna Lee