“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.” 

~1 John 4:7 NLT~




Kathy Boone Dykes has surgery yesterday at North Oaks.  Please pray for her as she recovers.




Yvonne Bamber Jones

October 12, 1925 – February 03, 2020

Yvonne Bamber Jones passed away peacefully Monday morning February 3, 2020 at the Richard Murphy Hospice House in Hammond following surgery after a recent fall in her home. She was 95. Yvonne was born at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans in 1924 and was a lifelong resident of Kentwood. She was fiercely independent, and until her final weeks, lived alone in the home in which she was raised and the home in which she raised her family. She had retired from many years of service at the Kentwood Health Unit in 1980, a job she held while also managing to maintain a household and raise three children. She was blessed with a refined beauty at an early age with near perfect skin, complexion and hair. She was assiduous about maintaining that beauty well into her later years and so it was that even though her mobility became more challenging in her final months, she still insisted on bi-weekly visits to her hairdresser. The visits helped her feel younger despite her age. She grew up an only child in the depression, lost both parents before the age of 21, and was left to raise her daughter after her husband was deployed to Europe with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. But she and her husband overcame one adversity after another and they persevered and prospered. Perhaps otherwise modest in means, they were wealthy in family, friends and love. While a very private person, she and her husband had a small circle of friends with whom they shared the best of times. Whether it was an evening of dining and dancing, a trip to an out-of-state LSU football game, or the simplicity of enjoying the company of friends in the backyard, she lived life to the fullest. She was instinctively protective of her children and intensely loyal to others with whom she was close. She had a beguiling and mischievous nature from childhood that lasted throughout her years and her love of life was unbounding. She is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel E. and Edwina Strickland Bamber, her grandson, Brandon Jones and her high school sweetheart, best friend and love of her life, husband Claude J. “Hopper” Jones. She had no siblings. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Ron Fox who reside in Branson, Missouri, her son and daughter-in-law, Claude. J. “Hoppie” and Beverly Quinn Jones who reside in Amite, and her son and son-in-law, Ronnie Jones and Jim Outland who reside in New Orleans. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Aside from the love of her own children, she especially cherished and treasured the visits and calls from Karen and Karli. Their unselfish kindness and concern will forever live in her heart and soul. Their love truly sustained her and made her smile. She was also anxiously looking forward to reconnecting and spending more time with two of her other grandchildren who were returning to Kentwood–Laura, who was relocating from her home in Minnesota and Perry, who recently retired and has moved back from an extended residence in Georgia. The family wishes to thank the medical staff of AmeraCare and the nurses and staff at Richard Murphy Hospice House for their compassionate care and dignified treatment as well as Dr. Derris Ray for always being available without regard to time of day or day of week. The family also wishes to thank Christine Coleman who helped mom maintain her independence until her final weeks. Without Christine’s help mom’s quality of life would have suffered and she would have been denied her wish to live out as many of her days at her childhood home as was possible. And the family is especially appreciative of the responsiveness and attention of the Kentwood Police Department and the Rescue Squad who always showed up when mom called. Like her husband who predeceased her, Yvonne wished that her body be donated to the LSU Bureau of Anatomical Research so that others might benefit from any research conducted after her death. A memorial service and celebration of her life for family and friends will be held at McKneely Funeral Home, 501 Avenue G in Kentwood on Saturday, February 8th with visitation from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and a brief service following visitation. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Richard Murphy Hospice House, 1109 S. Chestnut Street, Hammond, Louisiana 70403 or a charity of their choice.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 5

  • Exodus 21:22-23:13
  • Matthew 24:1-28
  • Psalm 29:1-11
  • Proverbs 7:6-23



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Operation Christmas Child = I have a box of Mardi Gras necklaces that need to be detangled, socks that need to be sorted, and other simple jobs for someone who wants to volunteer.  Let me hear from you.




Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee









“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,

and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” 

~Luke 16:10 NIV~




Dr. Varnado had an emergency appendectomy at North Oaks Saturday and is already back at home.  Pray for him and his family as he recovers.




Smiley Conerly is in room 6630 of Forest General Hospital in Hattisburg.




Donald “Red” Alford is in room 377 at St. Tammany Hospital in Covington.  Hopefully, he will get his second radiation treatment today.




Thanks to all who prayed for the Alford/Newman family as we celebrated the life of Harold, David’s brother-in-law.




Please continue to pray for Kristi Alford of Chesbrough and Chuck Brister of Amite.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 3

  • Exodus 17:8-19:15
  • Matthew 22:34-23:12
  • Psalm 27:7-14
  • Proverbs 6:27-35



When David and I got to the church yesterday afternoon, we were thankful to find six bags and three boxes with items for Operation Christmas Child.  We got those things opened and sorted.  The list for February was in the bulletin yesterday.  You can also call the church secretary (229-8181) to find out what is needed.   We pack lots of boxes in the fall.  It takes a number of items and a good variety of items to pack for six different groups of people.  We have had wonderful support for the coming year.

Anna Lee





“Remember this:

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,

and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 

~2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV~




Pray for our grandson, Miles as he prepares to leave Monday to serve in the air force.




Please continue to pray for Donald Alford.  Today could possible be the day he gets his first radiation treatment.  Pray for his wife and children as they faithful stick with him during this difficult time.




Every time I work on the donations for Operation Christmas Child, I think of the link between two people, the person who donates and the person who will receive the items in the shoeboxes.  They will probably never meet, but one knows Jesus and hopefully the other one will know Him soon.  Thank-you to all who have given during January.  Now, it’s on to February.  Below you will find the items we suggest you donate at FBC, Kentwood during February.

Operation Christmas Child, February 2020

Nursery & Preschool Bandaids
Grades 1-5 Pencil sharpeners (Dollar Tree)
Youth  Small cars
College and Career Plastic animals, large  (Dollar Tree)
Gateway Boy’s underwear (Size 2-16) 
Joy, Friendship Circle. & Bank Batteries (AAA)
New Creations & Renewal $1.00 solar calculators
Rebekah & Seekers Spoons for eating, not cooking
City Hall & Faithful Ziplock bags
Staff “Barbies” (Dollar Tree)





Read the Bible in 2020 – January 31

  • Exodus 12:14-13:16
  • Matthew 20:29-21:22
  • Psalm 25:16-22
  • Proverbs 6:12-15



It’s hard to believe January. 2020 is ending today.  Let’s end the month doing something that is meaningful to others, not just ourselves!

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










“Trust in your money and down you go!

Trust in God and flourish as a tree!” 

~Proverbs 11:28 TLB~




Julie Smith Eudy, my sister, is having surgery midmorning today at Ochsner on Jefferson.  Please pray for her today and during her recover during the coming weeks.





Pray request sent by Lois Pittman: Donna Manning & Kelsey Schillings

 Donna is my niece, lives in Mt.Hermon,she has health problems,Kelsey has been in Tulane since last Sun.,she is on a feeding tube right now ,please put them both on the prayer link,thank you,she also lives inMt.Hermon




Operation Christmas Child – We are almost at the end of our first month of church-wide collection by Sunday School classes for OCC.  FBC, Kentwood has continued to prove how generous they are when it comes to missions.  Thanks to the OCC team of Frank Fowler, Beth Lee, and Wanda Smith for helping to get the message out to the classes.   Looking ahead, what a joy it will be for many children to open the shoeboxes that you helped send at the end of this year.  Thank you for your love for missions.




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 27

  •  Exodus 4:1-5:21
  • Matthew 18:1-20
  • Psalm 22:19-31
  • Proverbs 5:15-21



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If you have some time to dedicate to working on OCC, please let me know.  You can even get a friend or two to come with you.  Come learn what goes on “behind the scenes” and receive a great blessing as you work and consider all the hands that help to get our boxes to the children each year.

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