A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021 her sister’s home in Roseland, LA. She was born November 5, 1968 in Independence, LA and was 53 years of age. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Brandy R. Granger Pfisterer and Desiree D. Granger; 9 grandchildren, Chasity Granger, Edward Granger, II, Cayden Cox, Raelyn Rager, Montana Rager, Jr., Braden Pfisterer, Lakota Granger, LaLana Granger, and Latrinity Granger; parents, Willie Rhodus, Sr. and Margaret McKee Rhodus; sister, Melinda L. Stewart; 2 brothers, Michael Carter and Willie Rhodus, Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward M. Granger; daughter, Dawn E. Granger; sister, Susan D. Stewart; and nephew, Wesley Stevens. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Monday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 2:00PM on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Today, I am thankful for memories. Memories include older and present family members. Memories include events like holidays, special events, daily routines, church, school, vacations, births, deaths, weddings, graduations, baptisms, teachers, pastors, neighbors, friends, churches, schools, homes, etc.
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Today, I am thankful for family members who have worked hard to clear some of the damaged trees in the front yard at our home. For example, our Jennie worked in the kitchen Thanksgiving morning and in the yard moving and burning sticks and logs in the afternoon. Beci. and others. worked in the yard both morning and afternoon. They certainly added to my thankfulness this year.
Today is a good day to make preparations for Sunday.
Micheal James Hayden was a leap-year baby, born February 29,1944 to Jesse J. Hayden and Louise Trowbridge Hayden of Henderson, Texas. He graduated from Amite High School (class of ’62) and attended Southeastern in Hammond. He was a lifetime member of the Hayden Grove Church of Christ. Mike was married to his high school classmate, Brenda White Hayden for fifty-six years and they have one son, Jesse Jay Hayden (wife Rhonda Dupuy Hayden), who blessed them with three grandchildren, Jessie Renee, Aaron James and Sophia Louise Hayden. Mike enjoyed many hobbies over the years, including remote-control model airplanes, scuba-diving, singing with a barbershop chorus, golf and skeet shooting to name a few. Never one to do anything halfway, he was a locally and regionally recognized R/C pilot, winning many meets and contests. He was also awarded 2001 Amateur National All American status by the National Skeet Shooting Organization. He made many friends through his hobbies and his family would like to welcome them to his final service on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, with visitation from 9:00AM until funeral services at 10:30AM conducted by Bro. Don McGee. Burial will follow at Hayden Grove Church of Christ Cemetery, Highway 16, Amite, LA. He is also survived by a brother, Dale Hayden (wife June), two sisters, Debra Hayden Santora (husband Charles), and Kathy Howard Currier (husband Tommy) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or to: Sam and Chris Santora Endowed Scholarship in Athletics, Southeastern Development Foundation, SLU 10293, Hammond, LA 70402. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
(Michael and Brenda were David’s classmates.)
Frederick Lee Varnado, Jr.
April 13, 1983 – November 20, 2021
A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021 in Roseland, LA. He was born April 13, 1983 in Independence, LA and was 38 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Mary Palomo; son, Frederick Lee Varnado, III; daughter, Isabelle Varnado; father, Frederick Lee Varnado, Sr. and wife, Tracey; mother, Donna “Sissy” Wright and husband, Lloyd; 2 sisters, Pamela “Becky” Varnado and Angela Luper and husband, Gary; grandmother, Angie Miller. Preceded in death by his grandfather, M. L. Varnado; grandparents, Chester and Frances Hughes; great-grandmother, Myrtle Varnado; mother-in-law, Lucy Palomo. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00PM on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment Varnado Cemetery, Bolivar, LA. Pallbearers will be David Cutrer, Jacob Shelton, Thristian Jenkins, Ethan Jenkins, Joseph Hart, and Cameron Hart. Honorary Pallbearer will be Frederick Lee Varnado, III. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Thankfulness -Day 26
Today, I am thankful for leftovers. I’m sure many of you will agree with me. Yesterday, and before yesterday, many of us spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen. The food was plentiful and delicious. Today, with all the leftovers in the refrigerators, we have time to do other things. One of the best things I got to do today was to meet my new great nephew, Grant Ripley, who is two weeks old.
for this isTHEwill of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
~1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, ESV~
That verse merits a second reading. Make this a holiday of rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks. You’ll be blessed.
George Lewis Jones
August 11, 1938 – November 20, 2021
George Lewis Jones (Lewis to family and friends), 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of November 20, 2021. Lewis was born August 11, 1938 to George and Lilly Jones. The youngest of four children, he grew up in Pine Grove, LA, where he married Barbara Griffin and embarked on his career as the fun-loving, devoted father of Steven, Jeffrey, and Lori.
He worked for ExxonMobil for most of his career, and was always in love with repairing, restoring, and driving vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles, and pretty much anything with a motor. Lewis enjoyed people, and was always happy to stop in, have a cup of coffee, and swap stories with his many friends, often while scouring the country for model train sets and parts for his collection.
After a time being single, Lewis was lucky enough to meet Janice Porter, who he wed in 1984. Together, they had a daughter, Nikki, who in turn gave him the grandchildren he had always hoped to smother with attention. He retired from ExxonMobile after 29 years of service before moving to Ruston, LA, to be close to those beloved grandkids and family.
Lewis is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Janice Porter Jones, his four children, Steven (Leila), Jeffrey (Dawn), Lori, Nikki DeOliviera (Bryan), and his grandchildren, Adalinne, Porter, and Evangeline. Lewis also considered Callie Zurovetz his honorary daughter, and Adah Rae as his honorary granddaughter.
Before relocating to Ruston, Lewis was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he will be laid to rest next to his brother, Russell, on Saturday, November 27. Visitation is between 10 am-12 noon with a service at 12 noon at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Pine Grove.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Evelyn Lee Easley
November 11, 2021
Evelyn Lee Easley, age 93, passed away peacefully from natural causes on Thursday, November 11, 2021. She was a native of Amite and a resident of Houma, LA.
Evelyn is survived by her son Kelley Easley and wife, Audrey; daughter Lauren Easley and husband Kent; granddaughters Carly and Erin Easley; and her beloved little dog Harley.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Kelley, parents Alton and Emma Lee, brother Wallace Lee, and sister Jeanette Anzalone.
Evelyn was a graduate of Southeastern University in Hammond, LA and taught typing and shorthand at South Terrebonne, Terrebonne, and H.L. Bourgeois High Schools in Houma, LA. Prior to her teaching career she was a welfare social worker in Tangipahoa Parish and a secretary at the Monsanto chemical plant in St. Charles Parish. She moved to Houma in the early 60’s when her husband Kelley was transferred to Houma by Texaco, where he spent his career after his service in the Navy. She often told the story of going outside in Amite to rake leaves when she knew Kelley would be passing by in his Jeep on his way home from work, so he would notice her. Evelyn enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family – especially her granddaughters. She was blessed with a sharp mind that never dulled with age. She will be missed by all whose hearts and minds she touched.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Chateau Terrebonne Nursing Home and to Haydel Hospice for taking such compassionate care of Evelyn.
A gathering for family and friends will be held Saturday November 27th from 11 am to 12 at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite.
I posted multiple days for this week because of the holidays and households being on holiday schedules.
Thankfulness – Day 24
Today, I am thankful for better transportation and more highways. I grew up in Roseland where we had one traffic light on highway 51, the best form of a highway that existed. Today, I live out in the country where on a state highway with no traffic lights. Highway 51 and a traffic light are just a few miles away, but there is a newer and better highway between here and 51. It’s interstate 55. It brought eight of ten members of my family to be with us for the holidays. Some traveled by cars and some by car and airplanes. It’s the most family I have had since this time last year and I’m planning to have a good time with them here. I hope the holidays have brought you or will bring you some loved ones too.
A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at his home. He was born January 25, 1977 in Independence, LA and was 44 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Graves Slade; 2 children, Sydney Slade and Logan Slade; 2 step-children, Lane Coplin and Brianna Coplin; mother, Ruby Slade; father, Charles Slade; step-mother, Nancy Slade; brother, Charles Bradley Slade and wife Pam; sister, Rebecca “Becky” Slade. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Luther Carl Slade and Irma Black Slade, Rebecca Renella Dearman Easley and Jeffie William Easley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation at Friendship Baptist Church, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Tuesday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Services conducted by Rev. Steven Miller. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Sometimes is seems like the number of deaths in our area is small, but sometimes, like now, it seems so many people have recently died. Please be in pray for all these families during the holiday season.
We ended ouR week of collecting shoeboxes at FBC, Kentwood with a total of 1,773 shoeboxes fROM a number of area churches and individuals. That’s an increase over the 1601 packed last year. I learned yesterday that when our boxes leave Hammond they they will travel to Charlotte, NC , not Dallas.
Our collection process ran smoothly because of 18 volunteers who put in 132.5 hours during the eight days. We could not have done everything without all our volunteers. During the year numerous others have helped to prepare and pack items in 454 shoeboxes at our church. Great work, everyone! Think of all the boys and girls who will be blessed with Christmas gifts AND the opportunity to learn about Jesus!
Thankfulness – Day 22
Today, I am thankful for religious holidays that give us a special opportunity to talk about Jesus and share blessings. I know I have been blessed in many ways this year. This week I will take time to reflect on the blessings and to thank God for the blessings. This is not the only time of the year to “Say thanks to God”, but it is a reminder. I’m thankful for my country starting this holiday celebration and pray they will never delete this holiday.
FBC, Kentwood packed 454 shoeboxes this year. We also served as the area drop-off church. I am so thankful for the dedicated people who have worked together to pack and ship the shoeboxes on to their next location. So far, we have 1,661 shoeboxes! I expect more this morning! Some have been sent to the next location, but the rest will be sent today. If you know of anyone who has shoeboxes to ship, please tell them to get them to us by 10:00 this morning. Thank-you to all who worked in the shoebox ministry this year. Tomorrow, we begin again!!!
The local missions team will be preparing Christmas bags for area students. All you have to do is get a brown gift bag from the church, fill it for the child described on the tag, and then turn it in during the next few weeks. Alice Mary Honeycutt is the head of this mission opportunity. She will gladly answer any questions you have.
Coming Soon – Christmas programs presented by the adult and children’s choirs! Check the church office for details about the dates and times.
Thankfulness – Day 21
Today, I am thankful for holidays and the family gatherings they bring. All but two of our six grandchildren will join their parents at our house this week. David and I are delighted most of the family will be able to be here. Lots of fun or helpful activities are planned. Neither those activities, nor the big meal on Thursday, will be the highlight of the week. It will be the time we spend together, the hugs we share, and the love we have for each other.
I trust your family is gathering and sharing love this holiday season. If you do not have holiday plans, please let me know. Give me a call or send me a message.
A resident of Independence, LA, passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at The Lodge at Tangi Pines in Amite, LA. She was born May 26, 1929 in Independence, LA and was 92 years of age. She is survived by 2 sons, John Lamonica and wife Lota and Paul “Chimp” Lamonica; grandchildren, Michael, Kenny, and James. Preceded in death by her husband, Joe M. Lamonica; parents, Tony and Rosalie Danna Maniscalco; brothers, Dominick, Kelly, Tony, and Nurphy Maniscalco; and sisters, Stefana Lashouto, Josie Maniscalco, Sarah Maniscalco, Mary Whiddon, and Jennie Lamonica; grandsons, Troy and Gregory. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until 10:30AM on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Religious Services at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Independence, at 11:00AM on Tuesday. Services conducted by Fr. Reuben Dykes. Interment Colonial Mausoleum, Independence, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Thankfulness – Day 21
Today, I am thankful for all workers at businesses who go above and beyond to help their customers. Yesterday, David and I got new phones. His contact list did not transfer from his flip-phone to a new Iphone. Two workers took time to manually enter all his contacts into the new phone. They saved me a lot of time! They took this kind action without us making that request! For their actions, I am thankful today. There are owners and workers at many stores who do similar services for customers. We need to show appreciation when that happens.
I hope all of you attend worship in your chosen church in person or online today.
Today, I am thankful for those who love to teach. It may be a missions class, a choir, an art class, Bible study, math, English, sciences, band, home economics (now called family and consumer science), business skills, mechanics, first aid, typing, shop, etc. Those who have knowledge and skills and the desire to pass them on help make future generations ready for the world. Because of teachers, we are who we are!I’m thankful for the many teachers I’ve had in my life.
I’m not too old to continue to learn more. I don’t think we ever get too old to learn.
I am thankful for the safety of Frank Fowler, his girls, and number of other people who were in the area of an alarm to their safety. Frank and his girls were delivering our cartons of OCC shoeboxes to their next location and were alerted of possible danger. They are safe and so are all the other people who were in that area. Frank left our church at 2 P.M. and got back to Kentwood at 7 P.M. after unloading our trailer. The shoeboxes are handled by many people on the way to their destination. I pray the boxes safely make the trip to the boys and girls so they have an opportunity to learn about Jesus. I’m also thanking God for watching over the Fowlers and all the others Thursday afternoon.
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, ‘In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.'”
~Hebrews 10:36-37 (NIV)~
Norma Travis Muse
January 16, 1940 – November 16, 2021
Norma Rae Travis Muse, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Springfield LA on November 16, 2021 at the age of 81. She was born January 16, 1940 to the late Winfred Walter Sr. and Pearl Bryant Travis. Norma is preceded in death by her parents, husband, James Edward Muse Jr. and son James Edward Muse III. She is survived by her children Liz Muse Sharp (Ronnie), Trudy Muse Shockley (Walter) and Stephen Muse (Melissa); grandchildren Ron Sharp, Jordan Shockley, Brayden, Sydney and Taylor Muse; siblings Peggy Crawford, Warren Travis (Norma) and Winfred Travis Jr (Kathryn). Visitation will be held at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church in Kentwood on Monday, November 22 from 5-8 PM . Visitation will continue Tuesday, at 9 AM until the service at 11 AM with the burial immediately following in the church cemetery. The family would like extend thanks to Audubon Hospice—Stacey Browhow, Nurse and Vanessa Creel, CNA, as well as Total Live-in Care—Sandra Windham and Melanie Howard for the compassionate care you all gave to our mother. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Pine Ridge United Methodist Church or Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Covington, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Our Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off at FBC, Kentwood has now received and packed over 1,000 shoeboxes. We are so thankful to be a part of this ministry. I personally appreciate all the churches and individuals who have brought us shoeboxes and those at our church who have teamed up to pack the shoeboxes, load the trailer, contribute during the year, etc.
I am thrilled that so many children will receive the toys, hygiene items, clothing, and school supplies. I was thrilled to meet the gentleman who brought 60 boxes that his family packed this year, the first year they knew about this opportunity. All the visits with the people who delivered shoeboxes have been great! Thank-you to each of you!
Thankfulness Day 19
Today, I am thankful for the faster communications of today’s world. I remember during my teen years and the war reports which would be a day old before an airplane could fly the video back to our country to be aired on the nightly news. That was an great improvement over previous methods. Today with our phones, computers, etc., we can watch as news happens. When these things affect our families, we are very thankful for the quickly received information.