Three deaths to pray for family members:

Gwen – Taught with her and knew her family from Roseland

Judy – grew up in Roseland and were in school at same time

James – Bethel Baptist Church and several Morgan friends and former students


Obituary for Dr. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Hastings Autin

Gwen, age 63, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 15, 2020. She was a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Tickfaw, LA. Gwen was an avid member of Natalbany Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Hammond. She loved to play the piano and organ and did so for many years at her church. Gwen earned a PhD in math and dedicated over 42 years to education. She taught at Oak Forest Academy, Albany High School, and Southeastern Louisiana University, where she worked in the Math Department as well as the Department of Teaching and Learning. Gwen enjoyed attending plays at the Saenger Theatre with her friends and colleagues. She was a highly intelligent woman who loved to teach. Whether it was math, scripture, or the piano, she made sure she shared her knowledge. Gwen had a one of a kind soul and loved her family fiercely. She will be forever missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Johnny Lee Autin; daughter, Angelina Autin Kelly (Scott); sons, Jaimie Lee Autin (Chrissie), Ryan Matthew Autin (Kayla Unbehagen); mother, Sylvia Miller Hastings; sister, Brynn Campo (Sam); brothers, Malcolm “Bo” Hastings (Glenda), Kenneth Hastings (Mary), Benjamin Darrel Hastings (Brittany); grandchildren, Carter Marshall Autin, Jackson Ramsey Autin, Hunter Sidell Kelly, Wyatt Tobice Kelly; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Malcolm Gwyn Hastings.

Service information is still being developed by the family and will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Please check back.


Judith Strode Chadwick  passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the age of 72.  She was born on Monday, September 15, 1947 in Amite, Louisiana to the late Claribel and Charles Strode.  She was a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Judith is survived by her husband, James Chadwick; sons, Kevin Chadwick and Brian Chadwick and daughter-in-law, Jill; grandchildren, Cameron and Myles Chadwick; sisters, Gloria Jones, Marie Russell, Patti Raborn (James), Brenda Tucker (Johnny), and Kathy Lawrence (Dean); and many loved nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Judith was also preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Gordon Jones and Don Russell; father- and mother-in-law, Arvil and Josie Chadwick.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 11:00 am.

A special heartfelt thanks to all of our friends and family who have called, sent messages, and offered their help, love and prayers during this journey as God called her home. We would also like to thank the Hospice of Baton Rouge nurses and team for her care.

Interment will follow in Joiner Cemetery, Loranger, Louisiana.



James Morgan

Services Wednesday

McKneely Funeral Home, HAMMOND


David and I watched two church services yesterday, FBC, Kentwood and West Rome Baptist Church in Georgia.  The message I got from both of them was to have faith, not fear.  I talked with my sister, Julie.  She said that was the message she received from the service in Hammond she watched.  Let’s practice FAITH!




I read the new guidelines saying there will be for no crowds greater than fifty people.  We will see how creative people are to manage gatherings and still manage to gather.  I know it can be done.




Mrs. Ann Chapman sent this update.

Our Emma is now back at MS College. Deloy and Krisa are there and will be bringing her home in the morning. Deloy’s office has closed and he will be working from home the next two weeks. Krisa, being a nurse, has been given the OK to work. We continue to pray that Emma stays clear of the virus. I will be chatting with her across the fence only, but that is fine just to see her smiling face will be a blessing. God bless each of you. Stay safe.
My love, Ann

Karen Seymour, a former student, is one of many people we know who has health issues that make it dangerous for her to be sick.  Let’s pray for her and many others who already have heath issues and now deal with this virus all around.  Pray to God for guidance in staying healthy and in helping others stay healthy too.




Pray for the health care workers and others who are on the front lines of fighting this medical battle.  Maybe, you can find a way to help one or more of them this week.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 15

  • Numbers 22:21-23:30
  • Luke 1:57-80
  • Psalm 58:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:12-13




Today, take a break from watching the news and count your blessings.  I’m sure you will be able to list many.  Mine include:

  • Having God’s peace about everything
  • My Bible to read for comfort
  • Having David by my side as we go through this
  • Having my computer and television to watch services and medical updates
  • Telephones to stay connected to family and friends
  • Ochsner hospital will screen those who enter, but still will be available to give treatment
  • Family and friends who are only a phone call away
  • Food in the pantry and freezers
  • Walmart grocery pick-up
  • Many things I love to do at home
  • Ability and materials to craft for Operation Christmas Child  even when we cannot go shopping for shoebox items
  • ETC.

Now, make your own list.  It will make you feel better.

Anna Lee













For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

~2 Corinthians 4:6~




Let’s start with a quote from Bro. Don Meadows.  “Don’t freak out.  Faith up!”




Speaking of faith, I have not found that any of our area churches are canceling services today.  They may make some adjustments, but so far, so closures.  If you feel your health is compromised, feel free to stay at home and enjoy a local service on your computer or phone.  That’s what we do.





Today is a National Day of Prayer for our country, called for by President Trump.


Put in special effort to help your family stay healthy.  




Please also say a special pray for Mrs. Ruby Dillon who would like some relief from neck pain.




James Morgan passed away yesterday.  Please be in prayer for his family.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 14

  • Genesis 30:1-31:16
  • Matthew 10:1-23
  • Psalm 12:1-8
  • Proverbs 3:13-15



Pray for good health and no virus for everyone.  May this time be short-lived.

Anna Lee















“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.

For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”


~2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)~




Laura  Lee Robertson had stomach surgery yesterday at Ochsner in New Orleans.  She did well and in recovering nicely.  Please pray her through the recovery and rehabilitation period.




  had fluid removed from his chest area yesterday.  He’s back at home and enjoying being there.



Please pray for the family of James Morgan.  Sometimes, decisions are tough!




Here is a quote I found yesterday.

“Keep calm and pray.  Don’t panic.  God is in control.”




So far, the following churches in our area have announced they will be having church Sunday.

  • Taylor Creek Baptist Church
  • Spring Creek Baptist Church



It is okay to stay at home if you are sick or medically compromised.  Think about others as well as yourself.  Pray for everyone.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 14

  • Numbers 21:1-22:20
  • Luke 1:26-56
  • Psalm 57:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:9-11






“With God everything is possible.”

~Matthew 19:26 NLT~




Margie Cutrer has been released from the hospital.  Thankfully, she has no blackages.




Bro. Daryl and Laurie Miller both have the flu.  Other family members recently had the flu,   Pray for the remaining family members not to get sick too.




Update on Emma Chapman from her grandmother, Mrs. Ann Chapman.

Update on my granddaughter Emma. The mission group is able to continue their ministry in Athens, Greece. They will depart Sunday having a stop over in Paris, France. We are not certain what the conditions will be in Paris. To reenter the country they will be allowed to fly into Atlanta since it is a designated check point for the virus. Please continue to be their ‘Prayer Warriors.’ Thank you and may God bless each of you.
Ann Chapman




Dorothy Inez Jenkins

March 10, 1935 – March 11, 2020

A resident of Pine Grove, LA, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg, LA. She was born March 10, 1935 in New Orleans, LA and was 85 years of age. She is survived by her sister, Ione Goynes; and numerous nieces and nephews including Debbie Faust, Lee Ann Sibley, Hollie Hammett, Michael Sibley and Mandy Jo Pickering. Preceded in death by parents, Leon and Thelma Jenkins; sister, Ann Hogan; 2 brothers, Eugene Jenkins and Buddy Jenkins. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Friday, March 13, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Laverne King. Special Thanks to St. Helena Parish Nursing Home and New Century Hospice for their excellent care. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




Update from AliceMary Honeycutt

Thanks for the support for Weekend Brown Bags!  The response has already been both heartwarming and gratifying.  (Note we are not taking donations of food because what we pack has to be pretty specific – but we will happily take money!)




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 13

  • Numbers 19:1-20:29
  • Luke 1:1-25
  • Psalm 56:1-13
  • Proverbs 11:8




You can contact me through The Prayer Link’s comment ability like Mrs. Ann Chapman did if you wish me to include something in The Prayer Link.

Anna Lee


“He never grows tired or weary . . .

He strengthens those who are weak and tired . . .

those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed.”

~Isaiah 40:28-31 GNT~




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 12

  • Numbers 16:41-18:32
  • Mark 16:1-20
  • Psalm 55:1-23
  • Proverbs 11:7



This is the second week for a new ministry that has started at FBC, Kentwood.  It is a weekend feeding program for local students.  Donations of food and/are money are being accepted.  Contacting the church office will be a good way to get involved.




Continue to pray for:

  • those who are sick
  • those who are well, but concerned about getting sick
  • those exposed to the new virus
  • those who are elderly (I cannot put an age with that word.)
  • those with a compromised immune system
  • those who are traveling
  • those who attend schools
  • those in the military, law enforcement, etc.
  • those who go into a compromised environment daily
  • What I am saying is to pray for everyone as decisions are being made about changing or not changing routines due to possible illnesses.  May medical professional, family, and God be in on any life-style changes being made.



Louisiana Baptist Message




Baptist Press



Thank-you for reading and praying as God leads you to pray.

Anna Lee























“Don’t worry about anything;

instead, pray about everything.”

~Philippians 4:6 NLT~




Josiah Huckaby is back in the hospital.  Please pray for this sweet family.

They finished the cath around the 1pm & everything went well. We thought this cath would show mild pulmonary hypertension, if any because his last several echos have shown none, but when they got in there his pressures were showing severe pulmonary hypertension which put him at a higher risk than anyone originally thought. We chose to continue the cath so they could do whatever intervention he needed. Echos aren’t exact & the dr said they sometimes completely miss pulmonary hypertension on them. His right upper vein had a little narrowing so they increased the size of the stent & everything looks great on that side. The left upper vein stent was completely closed but it rerouted itself (definitely a God thing!) & is draining into his left lower vein. Since it seems to be draining fine that way, they chose not to do anything else with that vein for now. His pulmonary hypertension did decrease quite a bit when they increased his oxygen during the cath…which is a really good thing. It shows us they can use oxygen to help treat it as needed. He is currently resting with sedation & they should start weaning that in the next couple of hours. If all goes well tonight & tomorrow morning then he should be able to come home tomorrow. To God be the glory!!! 

                                                                                                                         Job Huckaby





Keith Newell will have surgery Tuesday to remove a kidney.  Please have this process covered with prayer between now and then.  Thanks!




Ricky W. Walker

July 17, 1958 – March 10, 2020

A resident of Roseland, LA, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at his home. He was born July 17,1958 in Independence, LA and was 61 years of age. He was a member of New Covenant Church of God. He is survived by wife of 40 years, Bernice Walker; 2 daughters, Amy Walker and fiancé, Ellis Prevost and Ashley Walker and fiancé, Joe Mandella; 1son, Charles Walker and wife, Adrienne Walker; 5 sisters, Brenda Russell and husband, Ricky, Lorraine Crowe, Letitia Patridge and friend, Dennis Biechman, Linda Globe and Susan Purvis; 3 brothers, Charles Purvis, Travis Purvis and Ricky Purvis; 5 grandchildren, Jolene Relan, Ryker Jacobsen, Jeremiah Walker, Isabella Walker and Isaiah Walker. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Pearl Walker; 2 brothers, William Purvis and Carl Purvis. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at New Covenant Church of God. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Claudine Marie Bell

August 20, 1933 – March 09, 2020

A resident of Chalmette, LA, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Greenbriar Community Care Center in Slidell, LA. She was born August 20, 1933 in Tangipahoa Parish, LA and was 86 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Arabi, LA. She is survived by 3 daughters, Beverly Richoux and husband, Ron, Debra Bell and Nicole Penton and husband, Shea; 4 sons, Dennis Keith Bell, Bruce Bell and wife, Madeline and Jeffery Bell and Andre’ Smith; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Henry Bell; son, William Wayne Bell; infant daughter, Donna Marie Bell; parents, Warren and Lucy Seals; 3 brothers; and 6 sisters. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Services conducted by Bro. Leon Dunn . Interment Amite Cemetery, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020, March 11

  • Numbers 15:17-16:40
  • Mark 15:1-47
  • Psalm 54:1-7
  • Proverbs 11:5-6



May you be blessed with a wonderful day!

Anna Lee




Out of his fullness we have all received grace

in place of grace already given.

~John 1:16~




Robin Alford‘s second surgery on her foot went well yesterday.  Pray for her as she heals.




Please pray for James Morgan and his family.  He had a heart issue late yesterday.




David got his Procrit shot yesterday and a good report from his kidney and cancer doctors.




Connor Miles is finishing hight school and has started getting invitations to different schools.  Yesterday, he was invited to attend West Point.  Connor is the grandson of Dr. J,P. Miles and the son of Brian and Jennifer Miles.  After spending some time with him a couple years ago, I agree he is worthy of such a great institution.  That won’t be his only invitation though.  Pray for Connor and all the other seniors as they make important decisions about their future.




I have read various reports on the coronavirus, and are as puzzles as many of you are.  Yesterday, the IMB, International Mission Board, postponed travel to many places.  This will slow down the spread of the Good News of Jesus.  Pray this time of uncertainly will soon pass.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 10

  • Numbers 14:1-15:16
  • Mark 14:53-72
  • Psalm 53:1-6
  • Proverbs 11:4



Make today special for someone.  Tell them about Jesus.

Anna Lee


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

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 

18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 

19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:16-21





I’m thankful to hear Smiley Conerly was able to attend church yesterday morning.  I know it means so much to attend after missing for a while.  Please continue to pray for him and Carol Jean.




Two new requests this morning.

  1. Well I am back in the hospital again. Was experiencing sharp pains in my left shoulder blade, indigestion, and blood pressure back through the roof. They admitted me early this morning. Took quite a while before finally getting blood pressure back under control. I had an abnormal nuclear stress test a few weeks ago and was being scheduled for an angiogram in April but looks like my Cardiologist may be scheduling one for tomorrow due to the problems I am experiencing now. Just asking that you please keep me in your prayers and if there are blockages he will be able to stent again. I already have two stents in my main right artery that was done back in 2011. Thanks in advance and I appreciate the prayers.                                                                                                                                                                              Margie Cutrer of Amite
  2. Sheryl Andrus Carnegie, formerly of Amite, was a junior high classmate.  She has stage four lung cancer and will soon begin treatment through MD Anderson.




Read the Bible – March 9

  • Numbers 11:24-13:33
  • Mark 14:22-52
  • Psalm 52:1-9
  • Proverbs 11:1-3




Have a wonderful day today as you “let your little light shine for Jesus”.

Anna Lee






Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel.

Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.

~Daniel 10:12~




Time Change – If you did not change your clocks last night, do so now.  Spring forward means you lose an hour.




Read thee Bible in 2020 – March 9

  • Numbers 11:24-13:33
  • Mark 14:22-52
  • Psalm 52:1-9
  • Proverbs 11:1-3



Annie Armstrong – Day 8





Louisiana Baptist Message




If you are not in a Sunday School class at FBC , Kentwood and would like to help with our “shoeboxes”, the following are some items we do not have enough of yet.

  • Soft baby dolls – like at Dollar Tree
  • $1.00 calculators
  • 8″ scissors
  • $1.00 flashlights
  • Extra flashlight batteries
  • Rounded point scissors
  • Manicure sets
  • Sewing kits




It’s been almost a week since we got the call that Donald Alford had passed away.  He wasn’t sick but a little more than two months.  His death was the third one in less than a year in David’s family – two brothers and a brother-in-law!  Pray for families who face multiple sorrows today.





Thanks for “tuning in” this morning.  

Anna Lee













if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

~2 Chronicles 7:14~




Time Change Reminder: Tomorrow night, when you go to bed, set your clocks forward one hour.  You will lose an hour of sleep.  If you forget to change your clock, you will be late for church Sunday.




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 6

  • Numbers 6:1-7:89
  • Mark 12:38-13:13
  • Psalm 49:1-20
  • Proverbs 10:27-28



Annie Armstrong Offering – Day 6







Ferrie Gene Blackmon is home from St. Tammany and has been home since since Wednesday night,  Pray she does well in recovering from her heart problem.




Sherrill Caraway of Greensburg area is having more issues with his heart rate.  Please pray for him.




Bryan and Rita Tate are home from M. D. Anderson – Bryan got all good reports.




Chuck and Mary Ellen Brister are also home from M. D. Anderson.  Chuck had two strong treatments and is doing very well.  They are still hoping for a diagnosis of Chuck’s problem.




David and I went to the church for a few hours yesterday to work on Operation Christmas Child.  We were happy to find some items that had been turned in Sunday.  Thanks for your contributions.  If you are not in a Sunday School class but would like to participate in the “shoebox” ministry, ideas for items you might want to contribute will be available on a poster by the organ.  Remember, each shoebox we pack will introduce an average of seven people to Jesus.  Can you put a dollar value on that?  What is your salvation worth to you?

Anna Lee