Thursday Addition

Mrs. Marilyn Phillips, one of our neighbors, has had heart issues and received two stents.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers.




Ora Lee Wilson was attacked by a pit bull while walking a block from her house this afternoon.  She was bitten twice on her elbow.  She has received treatment in Amite and is back home.  Let’s thank God for protecting her from more injury.  As I sometimes say, “It could have been much worse!”




Ferrie Gene Blackmon had some spots removed from her lungs so they can be checked.  Pray for her and her family.


Obituary for Kenneth Carl Istre

Kenneth Carl Istre closed his Bible for the final time on November 4, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. His daily life for the past 90 years was a living testimony of his faithfulness and love for the Lord. He was a man that enjoyed family, people, and life.

Kenneth was born on Feb 8, 1929 in Jennings, Louisiana to Ivy Joseph Istre and Betty Valdetero Istre. He attended Jennings High School and during this time his desire to help people and share his faith was evident. Kenneth began to lead singing at his local congregation and soon accompanied his father on revivals. On one occasion, at Hayden’s Grove in Amite, his father became ill and Kenneth not only led the singing but delivered the sermon. The bonds made at Hayden’s Grove would span well over 70 years.

While in high school, Kenneth excelled receiving many athletic awards which led to football scholarship offers at the collegiate level. After seeking advice from his parents and hours in personal prayer, he chose to focus in the field of ministry and education. This led him to Harding College, Kentucky Bible College and East Tennessee State University where he received a bachelor degree. He continued his ministerial studies receiving a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Kenneth married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Jane Reddell, on December 26, 1950. Their 39 years of happiness started in Johnson City, Tennessee where Kenneth stepped into the pulpit and began his life of fulltime ministry. In 1953, Kenneth and Betty moved to Dallas, Texas where he began mixing his talents of teaching and preaching. He was not only a fulltime minister, but was a teacher and administrator at East Dallas Christian School. His love and caring for people brought him great success. In 1964 Kenneth and Betty returned to South Louisiana as their ministry in Amite began. Kenneth also taught high school, coached, and enjoyed farming during his time in Amite. In 1979 Kenneth and Betty returned to Jennings to be with their aging parents. Kenneth returned to his alma mater, Jennings High School, where he was a teacher and coach while preaching at Abbeville Church of Christ. After the passing of Betty in 1990 Kenneth continued teaching, preaching and taking care of people in need while living in Jennings.

Kenneth married Patsy Green Field on November 26, 1991. Their 26 years of happiness began in Jennings and then Watson and Hammond. Kenneth taught high school, college and preached at Hayden’s Grove and Shiloh until his health declined in 2015. Kenneth also became involved in the lives of Patsy’s children and grandchildren. After the passing of Patsy in 2018 Kenneth moved to Dallas, Texas where he continued to be a great encourager to others.

Kenneth’s ministry spanned over 64 years, from 1951 to 2015. His enthusiasm for sharing God’s word never seemed to grow dim. The churches he served as minister were Locust Street Church of Christ, Johnson City, Tennessee; Piedmont Church of Christ, Dallas, Texas; Amite Church of Christ, Amite, Louisiana; Big Creek Church of Christ, Arcola, Louisiana; Hayden’s Grove Church of Christ, Amite, Louisiana; Abbeville Church of Christ, Abbeville, Louisiana, and Shiloh Church of Christ, Loranger, Louisiana.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents Ivy Joseph Istre and Betty Valdetero Istre and his brother Richard Ivy Istre.
Preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jane Reddell Istre, Kenneth is survived by their children Kenneth Dwaine Istre and wife Natalie, Kathleen Istre Alonso and her husband Roland, Kristine Istre Yeldell and her husband Layne, 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his second wife Patsy Green Field Istre, Kenneth is survived by her children Richard Benton Field and his wife Alison, SuEllan Field Moore and her husband Carmon, Tanya Field Mearse and her husband Bill, her 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Kenneth also was the last living member of the Founding Board of Directors for the Christian Youth Encampment. He spent many summers there working and teaching to meet the needs of area youth. This was always a very special place for him as well as Betty and the children. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to:
Christian Youth Encampment
Attn: Justin Simmons
P.O. Box 411
Glenmora, LA 71433

The Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Jennings Church of Christ, in Jennings, LA. on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM with the service at 2:00 PM Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery.


“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world.”

~John 16:33~




Please continue to pray for Dollie Frazier.





Scripture Writing – Nov. 7 – Psalm 107: 1-9




Thankfulness – Day 7 – Today,  I am thankful for my family and for David’s family.  We have two younger generations now, two children and spouses, and six grandchildren.  




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I hope you have time to check out some of these people and their thoughts.

Anna Lee







“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 

~1 Timothy 6:17 NIV~


Josiah (Home Monday)

We are finally home!!! It was quite a stressful day yesterday waiting to be discharged…and it’s a bit of a long story but they were finally able to discharge us around 6pm last night. It feels so good to all be under the same roof again! Josiah was so excited to be home & he fell asleep watching us unload his stuff.

After 23 days in hospital for what started out as tracheitis and rhinovirus and then he ended up with Norovirus…we will definitely be doing “winter lock down”. We wish this wasn’t necessary but this was a big reminder for us that although he is doing really well, common illnesses can hit him REALLY hard.



I admire Job and KK so much!  They eagerly took on all the challenges of his medical needs.  I was thrilled to again read their closing statement, “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!”  I’m thrilled the doctors were able to get Josiah well again.  I know you are too.




Thankfulness, Day 6 – Today I am thankful for young parents like these who have a strong faith and big hearts.  May they be a shining example of daily Christian living to young parents and to others.  “To God be the glory!”




Scripture Writing – November 6 – I Thessalonians 5: 12-18




How will you show your faith and love this week?  Invest in others.  That reminds me of thee words of a favorite hymn.


Anna Lee




Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

And be thankful.

~Colossians 3:15~


Today, I want to share an update on David.  It took a year to learn his two issues – MDA,  red blood cells not producing enough blood, and non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.  We don’t know the causes of these diseases, but David has been very sick.  With good medical treatment at Ochsner, he has greatly improved.

I’ve been saying he is the best he has been since the first problems showed up.  Yesterday, we got two good reports.  David is doing more than “hanging in there”.  He feels and looks much better!  The two medical professionals we saw yesterday acknowledged he is doing well, not cured, but better than expected.

His blood level yesterday was 10, higher than it has been since he got sick.  He is in the “low normal range” and was not given Procrit for the first time in many weeks.  He has received 23 units of blood, but none have been needed in about four months.  His liver is doing well.  We go back in three months.  If all continues to do well, he will be put on a six month schedule for his liver.

I want to thank God for David’s improvement.  He has carried us through!  I also want to thank many of you who have him on your daily prayer list.  We are appreciative of all of you who tell us he has been prayed for daily.  Please continue too do so.


Thankfulness – Day 5 – Today, I am thankful for the wonderful improvement in David’s health.  Thanks to God for walking with us on the good days and the very difficult days.  Thanks to you for your prayers for David (and me).




John Pierce

January 06, 1966 – November 02, 2019

John Murray Pierce, born in 1966 in New Orleans, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Amite, LA on November 2, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Murray Pierce and Dorothy Fowler Pierce. His grandparents were Basil and Myrtle ‘Snooks’ Pierce, Albert Floyd, and Alma Fowler. He leaves behind the love of his life, Anissa Pourciau; her son, Gene Pourciau; and beloved dogs Trigger, Hammer, Shooter, and Bullet. He was the youngest sibling of J. Michael Pierce (Teresa), Natchitoches, LA; Brenda Pierce Falanga (James), Metairie, LA; Patti Pierce, Kentwood, LA; and Sandy Pierce Shows (Marshall), Brandon, MS. He also left two nieces (Lisa Falanga Davis and Sarah Shows Odom) and four nephews (Joseph Babin, Jeffrey Falanga, Justin Tyler Pierce and Cameron Shows). John was employed by Smitty’s Supply, Inc., for over 15 years, working in Amite, LA, Shreveport, LA, and Jasper, TX. John graduated from Jewel Sumner High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete. A member of Lewiston Baptist Church, he was a wonderful friend who loved his family and was a master at cooking crawfish for the annual Pierce crawfish boil. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed riding his Arctic Cat with his dogs, family and friends; and getting firewood, building wood racks, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He trained horses and raised many dogs that he loved. He was passionate about football, LSU and Saints! During his time with Interstate Batteries he enjoyed attending many Nascar races and was a big fan of Bobby Labonte. John will be greatly missed.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at Lewiston Baptist Church on November 12 (visitation at 9:00 AM and service at 11:00 AM). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lewiston Baptist Church, 74576 N. Lewiston Road, Kentwood, LA 70444.




Rev. Kenneth Istre moved to his heavenly home.  We have know him a long time and always enjoyed our brief visits with him at Mike’s Catfish Inn.  He was one of three preachers who attended our wedding as a friend.  One of his daughters shared this information.

The Celebration of Life will be held in Jennings, La. on Saturday, November 9th. Visitation will be held at 10:00AM,
Jennings Church of Christ
1812 N. Cutting Avenue, Jennings LA.
with services to follow at 1:00.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to:
Christian Youth Encampment
Attention: Justin Simmons
PO Box 411
Glenmora, LA




Scripture Writing – November 5 – Colossians 3: 12-17




Putting our thankfulness into printed words is meaningful!  Try it.  It can be done privately and kept that way or shared.  The key is to express your thankfulness.

Anna Lee





Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

~John 14:27~




First, change your clocks if you have not already done so.  You get an extra hour this morning.  Do something special in that hour.




Dollie Frazier continues to have eye issues.  We need to continue to pray for her.

Hi friends and family. Update: still seeing doctors. I saw Dr. liner and he is doing biopsy of arteries in my temples next Thursday to see if infections are there. After that I will have Sleep test done.
I wait on The Lord and be patient. God is so good and I will always Praise His Holy Name.
Still using magnifying glass in case of misspell.gGodBless all of you and thanks for prayers.




Penny Easley Strong

June 10, 1954 – November 01, 2019

Penny Easley Strong, a resident of Amite, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 10, 1954 in Independence and was 65 years of age. She was a Pharmacy Tech for Thrift Town Pharmacy in Amite for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Michael Wayne Strong; son, Curt Strong and wife, Rhiannon, daughter, Cristal Strong; grandchildren, Courtney Tassin, Allie Vicari, William Strong and Gabe Strong; brother, Van Easley; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther Easley and Verlie Mixon Easley Davidson; step-father, S. T. Davidson; sister, Lanagene Easley Nicolosi; sister-in-law, Melissa Reed Easley. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For an online guestbook, visit




Thankfulness; Day 3 – Today, I am thankful to be an American.  God richly blessed me by allowing me to be born in this country.  I recognize that and thank Him for it.




Scripture Writing – November 3 – 2 Corinthians 4: 15-18




Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee


“Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot . . .

If you cannot be trusted with things that belong to someone else, who will give you things of your own?”

 ~Luke 16:10, 12 NCV~




Monday, the Two Rivers WMU will meet at Kedron Baptist Church at 10:00 for the World Day of Prayer led by the ladies of Kedron.  A covered dish meal will follow the meeting.



Jimmy “Rusty” Williams, Jr.

May 20, 1977 – October 30, 2019

Jimmy “Rusty” Williams, Jr., a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home in Kentwood, LA. He was born May 20, 1977 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 42 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Tessa Williams; father and mother, Jimmy Williams, Sr. and Linda B. Williams; brother, Justin “Rufus” Ryan Williams and wife, Dondi; special aunt and uncle, Carla Birch and Shelton Day; special uncle, Chad Redmond; nieces and nephews, Elaina Williams, Brody Williams, Taylor, Colby and Lauryn Ridgedell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Curtis and Linda White; brother-in-law, Ben Avidas and wife Janna; 2 sister-in-laws, Steph Ewald and husband, Rodean and Donna Stout and husband; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; special pets Razor, Izzy and Blue. Preceded in death by his brother, Jonathan “Red Dog” R. Williams; maternal grandparents, Herbert and Dorothy Birch; paternal grandparents, Jewel and Elaine Williams and Howard Williams; son, Hugh Michael Jones. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 7:00PM until 9:00PM on Sunday, November 3, 2019, and from 8:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, November 4, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing – November 2 – I Corinthians 1: 4-9




Thankfulness – November 2 – I am thankful for my heritage of common, hard-working people.  I’m thankful for the many good values that were were passed down.




Spend some time thanking God today.

Anna Lee


“People ought to enjoy every day of their lives,

no matter how long they live.” 

~Ecclesiastes 11:8 NCV~




Vernon E Crotwell

JULY 11, 1948 ~ OCTOBER 30, 2019 (AGE 71)


Mr. Vernon Crotwell, age 71, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  Visitation will be held Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm and Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 12:00pm until 1:45pm at Ott and Lee Funeral Services, in Morton, MS with services following at 2:00pm in Ott and Lee Services Chapel.  Officiating will be Reverend Earl Clark and Reverend Gary Wyatt.  Burial will follow at Independence Methodist Cemetery, in Morton, MS.

Vernon was born July 11, 1948 in Morton, MS.  He graduated from Morton High School in 1966.  He then attended East Central Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Delta State College.  Vernon was a kicker for the Morton Panthers and went on to kick for the East Central Warriors.  One of his most memorable football moments was kicking the winning extra point for the Panthers against the Bearcats his senior season.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Bobbye R. and Frank Duncan and stepson, Derek Hudson.  Vernon is survived by his wife, Linda Crotwell of Morton, MS; his sons, Stan Crotwell of Forest, MS and Steven (Christy) Crotwell of Morton, MS; stepdaughter, Gera (Vince) Bynum of Morton, MS; sister, Becky (Cooper) Beard of Morton, MS; grandsons, Nicholas Crotwell and Hudson Bynum; granddaughters, Madison, Ema, Julia, Kimberly, and Katie Crotwell, Macy and Alley Hudson, and Adrian Hall; nieces, Jessica Burkes and Jerami Earls; nephew, Duncan Beard.

After graduating college, Vernon returned to Morton to assist coaching the Panthers before moving to Amite, LA, where he coached the Jackets of Oak Forest Academy.  In 1976, he became an insurance agent for Farm Bureau until his retirement in 2013.  Throughout his successful insurance career, he amassed numerous awards and honors.

Vernon was a strong supporter of education and athletics.  He served many years as president of the Morton Panther Booster Club.  He also served 29 years on the Board of Trustees for East Central Community College.

Vernon had a great love of the outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting the woods of Caney Creek and Vicksburg with his uncles, cousins, and his boys.  You could even catch him hunting with a granddaughter or two.

This time of year , filled with family and football, was a favorite for Vernon.  He could be found cheering on the Panthers, the Ole Miss Rebels, and his grandson at ERA.  Papaw, as his family knew him, loved his Nana and they together loved being surrounded by their many children and grandchildren.

In his later years, Vernon enjoyed talking politics and drinking coffee with the best guys in town at Sam’s Diner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Butch McLemore, Charlie Stroud, John Callahan, Buford Palmer, Tommy Harrell, Gaines Massey, Bert Atkison, Bobby Mitchner, Bill Rogers, and Billy Frank Alford.

Pallbearers will be Duncan Beard, Hudson Bynum, Vince Bynum, Nicholas Crotwell, Tom Geter, James (Spunky) Hawkins, David Livingston, and Nathan Wade.




Ronald Thomas Sessions

September 05, 1942 – October 30, 2019

Ronald Thomas Sessions, a resident of Independence, LA, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home. He was born September 5, 1942 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 77 years of age. He was a US Army Veteran of Vietnam and pipefitter for Union Local #198 in Baton Rouge for 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Z. Sessions of Independence, LA; 3 daughters, Deanna Sessions-Mitchell of Jacksonville, FL, Staci Sessions Barksdale of Jacksonville, FL and Christy Sessions Kervin and husband David Kervin of Folsom, LA; 2 step-daughters, Christina Williams of Peoria, AZ and Stephanie Trapen of Independence, LA; 14 grandchildren, Micah Malnar, Jordan White and husband Oliver, Joshua Mitchell, Meghan Dranguet, Jamie Kate Mitchell, Brianna Taylor, Sarah Mitchell, Hailey Taylor, Anna Trapen, Kara Taylor, Jesse Mitchell, Nicholas Trapen, Cillian Kervin and Colin Kervin. Preceded in death by parents, Corrine and Jesse Sessions; wife, Carol Sessions; 2 brothers, Kendall Sessions and Jerry Sessions and wife Margaret; and son-in-law, Phillip Mitchell. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Friday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM Saturday, November 2, 2019. Services conducted by Pastor Bradley Bennett. Interment Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




Scripture Writing – Psalm 95: 1-7




November is the month of Thanksgiving.  I encourage you to consider the ways you are thankful by writing something each day and saving it in a journal or jar or by sharing it with someone special or even on social media.  Make an effort to list your blessings this November in whatever manor you choose.



Today, I am thankful I have Jesus as my Savior, my friend, my counselor, my guide, my teacher, and my great physician.  He is always faithful to me!

Anna Lee