Tuesday Night

Jesse Dean will have another surgery in the morning on his knee. Please continue to pray for him, his family, and the medical staff that’s caring for him.

Please continue to pray for my parents, Grant and Dot Smith of Roseland.

Earl Ray Sharkey

(April 10, 1932 – April 15, 2008)

Died at 5:06AM on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Roseland, LA. Age 76 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday and at Kedron Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Friday. Services conducted by Rev. Herb Cowan and Rev. Norman Nowell. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite, LA. Survived by his daughter, Richelle Smart and husband, Dale, Roseland, 2 sons, Ray Sharkey and wife, Clara, Tickfaw and Rex Sharkey and wife, Sheila, Waynesboro, MS, 5 grandchildren, Logan, Dakota and Cassidy Smart and Colton and Savannah Sharkey, 2 sisters, Wanzie Williams and husband, J. L., Kentwood and Julie Kay Frazier and husband, Roy, Baton Rouge, 2 brothers, Bobby Sharkey and wife, Vicki, Amite and Harrell Sharkey and wife, Susie, Tangipahoa, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Nowell Sharkey, parents, Felix and Daisy Sharkey.

Dorothy Marie Hart

(July 24, 1966 – April 12, 2008)

Died at 5:47AM on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Wellstar Douglas Hospital in Douglasville, GA. She was a native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Douglasville, GA. Age 41 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 8:30 a.m. on Wedesday until religious services at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Walter Mixon. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Roseland, LA. Survived by son, Joseph Garrison, Coalgate, OK, daughter, Julie Garrison, Douglasville, GA, grandchildren, Cheyenne Michelle Garrison, Robert Michael Jose Hutcheson, Donovan James Garrison, Dayton Michael Garrison, brothers and sisters, Bill Hart, Birmingham, AL, Tom Hart, Catlett, VA, Patty May, French Settlement, LA, Barbara Holliday, Kentwood, LA, Laura Doty, Dublin, OH, Debbie Severio, Independence, LA, Susan Hart, Denham Springs, LA. Pallbearers will be Rickey Dale Wallace, Donald Holliday, Jr., Justin Wallace, Leo Edwards, Mark Catir, and Stephen Tankersley.

Monday Afternoon

Pamela Kay McBride

(March 5, 1960 – April 13, 2008)

Died on Sunday, April 13, 2008 in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a native of Baton Rouge, LA and a resident of Denham Springs, LA. Age 48 years. Visitation at First Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Rev. Joey Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by parents, J. L. and Wanzie Williams, Kentwood, son, Cory Harold and wife, Jessica, Walker, 3 brothers, Lathan Williams and wife, Wendy, and sons, Jamie and Derrick, Stan Williams and son Chad, Mandeville, Gary Williams and wife, Renee, and children, Chloe and Zach, Baton Rouge, great-niece, Sydnie Williams, a special aunt and uncle, Roy and Julee Frazier, Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Felix and Daisy Sharkey, paternal grandparents, Jim and Dora Williams, step-grandfather, Eddie Williams. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.

Sunday Night

Jesse Dean will not be coming home from North Oaks tomorrow. He is having problems with his heart when he moves around. Pray for Jesse, Majel, the other family members, and for the medical staff as they care for Jesse.

Pam McBride, daugher of J.L. and Wanzie Williams, passed away. Please be in prayer for her family. I’ll post an obituary when one is available.

Sunday Afternoon

Luther Kennon Womack

(September 29, 1929 – April 12, 2008)

Died at 1:17 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. He was a native of Tinus, LA and a resident of Kentwood, LA. Age 78 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Tuesday and until religious services at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Services conducted by Rev. Joey Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by wife, Mary Katherine Boyd Womack, Kentwood, 1 daughter, Delores Diane Womack Seal, Denham Springs, 2 sons, William Clifton Womack and wife, Wanda Candace Ravencraft Womack, Kentwood, Mark Allen Womack and wife, Tresha Womack, Booneville, AR, 1 brother, William Clifton Womack, Kentwood, 4 grandchildren, David R. Seal, Nathan A. Womack, Sr., Charles Kennon Womack, and Wendi Crystal Womack, 6 great-grandchildren, Nathan Allen Womack, Jr., Nataline Alyse Womack, Braedon Ashton Seal, Braxton Aiden Seal, Taylor Autumn Laszko, Hailey Nichole Laszko, and Maillon Bob Lillie. Preceded in death by parents, William and Zola Womack, brother, Shelby Womack, sister, Marguerite Cutrer, 2 great-grandchildren, Matthan Wyatt Womack and Micha Layne Womack

Saturday – Obituary

Bertha Gill Pittman

(December 15, 1928 – April 12, 2008)

Died at 8:40AM on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was a native of Spring Creek, LA and a resident of Kentwood, LA. Age 79 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Services conducted by Rev. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek, LA. Survived by 3 daughters, Marie Kimble and husband Milton, Slaughter, Janet Tigner and husband Bobby, Baton Rouge, JoEtta Miller and husband Terry, Kentwood, 4 sons, Roger Pittman and wife Lois, Kentwood, Chuck Pittman and wife Gayle, Kentwood, James Pittman, Kentwood, Bobby Pittman, Pride, 1 brother, Fred B. Gill, Jr., Millington, TN, 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Bobby Ray Pittman, parents, Fred B. Gill and Henrietta Blake Gill, 3 brothers, John Major Gill, Dudley Gill, Rodney Gill, 2 grandsons, Jacob Crowe and Chris Pittman.


“Our fathers trusted in You;

they trusted,

and You delivered them.

They cried to You,

and were delivered;

they trusted in You,

and were not ashamed.”

~Psalm 22:4-5~

Jesse Dean had a good day yesterday. If all continues to go well, he might be able to go home Monday. Thank God he was able to get help and is improving. Continue to pray for him and his family.

Curt Martin’s leg is less swollen now. Pray for him as he tries to be still so his leg will improve. Thank God it is improving.


April 11, 2008

“Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,”

~Luke 18:16b~


One of our MK (missionary kid) boys in West Africa is very outgoing. He loves to play soccer and do flips on the trampoline. He has many local friends, but not one of them is a Christian. This MK can talk to his young friends in a way his missionary parents can’t. His age and the fact that he likes the same things as his friends really help!

One night this 10-year-old MK who was born in West Africa prayed during family devotions. “Dear God, help us not to be shy to tell our friends about You. We love You and we want them to love You too.”

Please pray for MKs. Ask God to make them strong in their faith and courageous enough to tell their friends about Jesus. Pray that West African children and youth will listen and learn that Jesus wants to be their closest friend.

What about you? Do you like to play sports? Do you have friends who don’t know Jesus? Pray for our MKs, but why not pray for yourself too? “Dear God, help us not to be shy to tell our friends about You. We love You and we want them to love You too.”


I play American football and my friends are not Christian. Please pray for the salvation of my friends Jorge, Pedro, Alvaro, Frank, Frankie and Cabandi. MICHAEL, age 17 (Middle America and Caribbean)

I want you to pray for my family and friends, and pray for our family to tell more people about Jesus. SR, age 8 (East Asia)

Pray that MI will get over the death of her husband. I hope that other people will believe in Christ instead of a false god-they call him Buddha. I hope they will believe in Christ someday. ZA, age 11 (Pacific Rim)

My name is Rebekah and I am about to go back to the United States. I haven’t been in the States for 4 years, so it will be quite a shock. Then I’ll get a little more shock when I start college. Please pray for my family and for me as we try to adjust back to living in the States. I’m very nervous about college! Please pray that God will give me wisdom to see what He wants me to do with my life. Please pray for the people in South America that the Christians will be strong in their faith and that they will tell the message of Jesus to the poor. REBEKAH, age 18 (South America)

Pray for me to learn to control my mouth so I won’t hurt someone with my words. MICHAL, age 15 (Pacific Rim)

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Please pray for missionaries Tom and Judi Kent as they begin their final stateside assignment this month before their retirement. Intercede for them as they adjust to living in the United States, prepare for and share about what God is doing in Paraguay and the needs there, spend time with family, and rest a little. Pray for needed strength and stamina as they travel and share. Ask the Father to provide a home for them in Louisiana that will meet their needs. May they be able to make new friends and continue to minister to others in the new place of ministry to which God is leading them.

Shirley Ann Gilliland Graham

A worker at Judson Baptist Church daycare in Walker, she died at 8:22 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2008, at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington. She was 61, a resident of Amite and a native of Walker. Visitation at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, on Saturday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes Sunday, April 13, from 11 a.m. until service in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Russell Hinson. Burial in Judson Baptist Church Cemetery, Walker. She is survived by her husband, Russell K. Graham; daughter, Amanda Graham; two sons, Charles and Carlton Woodward; four stepchildren, Linda Nevels, Bernita Smith, Rusty Graham and Deeanna Fontenot; three sisters, Clemmie Massey, Lou Nell Courville and Sandra Wainwright; three brothers, Glenn, Paul and Robert Gilliland; very special friend, Betty Hull; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles M. and Lutie Badon Gilliland. Pallbearers will be Wayne, Ty and Cordell Hull, Adam Jones, Dusty Glascock and Ben Ballard. Honorary pallbearer is Casey Shaw. She was a member of Judson Baptist Church, Walker. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 1805 College Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.


The following true story comes from the “Kids of the Kingdom” section of Christian Reader (July/August 2000):

As a couple drove home from church one afternoon, they were talking about a friend who was going to be baptized that day. As they were saying how proud they were of him, their three-year-old daughter Elizabeth asked, “What does it mean to be baptized?”

Their 5-year-old son Joshua spoke up, “Oh, baptism — that’s when the preacher washes all your senses away.”

Well, that’s not quite what the scriptures teach. I’m sure what that little boy meant (at least, I hope so) is that the scriptures teach that baptism washes our “sins” away. Ananias said to Saul (later to be known as the apostle Paul):

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16)

Don’t misunderstand. It’s not that there’s magical power in the water. In fact, the power is not in the water, but in the blood of Jesus Christ. But as baptism demonstrates a death (to sin), burial (in water) and resurrection to new life, it expresses a faith in Jesus Christ who died, was buried and who rose again the third day (Romans 6:3-4). And the end result is not a washing of the body, but a washing of the soul — remission of sins (I Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38).

Have you taken this step of faith?

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

If your sins have not been “washed away”, please attend a local church tomorrow and ask for more information on being cleansed by the blood of Jesus. You’ll never regret your decision. You’ll never be the same!

Anna Lee