“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” 

~Psalm 27:13-14 NASB~



Pray for Bryan Tate as he begins another round of antibiodies in Houston.



Yesterday, David went to Ochsner Cancer Center for labs, a doctor’s appointment, and Procrit.  The doctor said the blood level was sufficiently high so David did not need the injection to help him build red blood cells yesterday.   Pray the rest of this week will be less eventful than last week.




In the excitement of David’s fall, I failed to share about Mrs. Battaloa’s death.

Laurine Gill Battalora

December 05, 1920 – February 21, 2019

A resident of Amite passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at her home. She was born December 5, 1920 in Greensburg and was 98 years of age. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Amite. She is survived by her son, John M. Battalora, Amite; 5 grandchildren, Kristi Hughes, Joni LeRay, Lindsey Dillon, Lauren Battalora and Eric Battalora; and 11 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, John R. “Joe” Battalora; parents, Edgar and Myrtis Gill; son, Charles E. Battalora, and grandson, Joshua C. Battalora; and a sister, Elaine Smith. Visitation at First United Methodist Church, Amite, from 9:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 25, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. David Melville. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.



Eric Lee passed away yesterday.   He certainly put up a good fight against cancer.  Please be in prayer for his family and friends.   I’ll post his obituary when it is available.




Read  and Write the Bible – Hebrews 10: 24-25



Watch for the Lord’s blessings in your life today.

Anna Lee






“The Lord is always good.

He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.” 

~Psalm 100:5 TLB~



A friend requested prayer for Earl Warren of Roseland.



Even though we watched the morning worship service from Ochsner Hospital, I understand God really gave the people of FBC, Kentwood a great morning – women’s breakfast, blood drive, and youth-led morning worship!  I’m so thankful for the online morning worship services.



We got David home from the hospital yesterday afternoon.  He if feeling stronger after three units of blood.  Today, he goes back for his Procrit injection and labs.  Pray for us as Jennie prepares to return to her family.  She flies out Thursday morning.



Read and Write the Bible – I John 3: 1-3



The “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will be Tuesday at the Burger Basket at 11:00 A.M.  Ladies with February birthdays will be honored.



If you have any requests you would like me to share here, please send them through the “Contact” portion of this page.

Anna Lee






We’ve had a busy morning. David fell and hit his head. We are at the ER in Greensburg. The cut is right next to his last injury and has been glued. There are other issues to consider. He will be admitted to the ER and hospital at Ochsner on O’Neal. Please be in prayer for us. “Faith is not knowing the future, but knowing who holds the future!”


“Never stop praying”

 ~  1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT~



Today is a wonderful day to pray for Phillip Strickland’s family.


Phillip M. Strickland

November 05, 1976 – February 15, 2019


Phillip M. Strickland, went home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 15, 2019 at his home in Osyka, MS surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 5, 1976 in McComb, MS and was 42 years of age. He was a loving husband and father. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Kentwood, a member of Crossfit of Amite and a member of the APA Pool League. He is survived by his wife, Mindy Bankston Strickland; 2 daughters, Lillian James Strickland and Laila Renee’ Baham; mother, Colleen Lambert Strickland; 1 sister, Shelia Strickland Childress and husband, Andy; nieces and nephew, Silas, Meredith and Amelia Childress. Preceded in death by father, Michael Phillip Strickland; grandparents, Percy and Sharron Strickland and Arvis and Mattie Lambert. Pallbearers will be Todd Cassel, Andy Childress, Floyd Fowler, Harry Hagan, Jeffrey Schiro and Brandon Tate. Visitation at First Baptist Church in Kentwood from 9:00 a.m. until religious services at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019. Services conducted by Bro. Darryl Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com



Read & Write the Bible – Deuteronomy 11: 18-23



Please keep praying for Phillip Stricklands family.  

Anna Lee




Sunday Addition

Mrs. Wilma Lee Welch Smith passed away yesterday.  Her wake will be at FBC Kentwood tonight from 5-8 P.M. and Monday morning from 9 am with until the funeral service at 11 A.M.  Please pray for the family and friends of this sweet lady.

Wilma Cutrer Smith-Welch, 87, of Kentwood, passed away, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 7, 1931 in Kentwood, LA. She was the daughter of Howard Wayne and Rena Frazier Cutrer.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Kentwood. She was retired from First Guaranty Bank with 42 years of service and from the State of Louisiana Department of Weights and Scales with 22 years service. She was a life term member of the Kentwood Garden Club.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Earl Smith and Eddie Welch.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Judge Wayne Smith and Margaret of Liberty; a stepdaughter and her husband, Liz and Lonnie Smith of Livonia; her sister, Enid Joy Grice of Pride; her two granddaughters and their husbands, Kasie and Wes Holmes of Summit, Kaila and Brock Hargis of Hammond; two great-grandsons, Harper McCall Holmes , and Jennings Frazier Holmes of Summit; one great-granddaughter, Wesleigh Holmes of Summit; her nephew, Kirk Grice of Pride; her niece, Kendra Grice of Baton Rouge and three special friends, Christine Coleman, Merlene Welch and Montgomery of Kentwood.

Visitation is Sunday at First Baptist Church in Kentwood from 5PM until 8PM and Monday from 9AM until services at 11AM with Bro. Darryl Miller and Dr. Victor Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.

Pallbearers are Wes Holmes, Brock Hargis, Harper Holmes, Marshall Cutrer, Kirk Grice, Ronnie Cuz Strickland, Al Strickland and Tony Stuart.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 310 Avenue E., Kentwood, LA 70444.

Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.co


1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

~Psalm 46:1-3~

Josiah Huckaby

We have been waiting for Josiah’s 2nd heart cath to place the stents in his right & left upper pulmonary veins. It is scheduled for January 29th. He had a cardiology appt today & his echo was surprisingly better than anticipated according to the cardiologist. He also was very impressed with how good Josiah looks.

🎉🎉🎉AND we finally have an Adoption Day date. Josiah will officially become a Huckaby on February 20th!!! 🎉🎉🎉We are so excited to move on to the next chapter with our adoption.

Here is everyone’s ⚠️WARNING⚠️…..there WILL be cuteness overload on Facebook February 20th!!! 😜




Yesterday, Jason and Becki, our son and daughter-in-law, showed up to help out with tasks involving our vehicles and home.  They operated as a team and accomplished so much for us.  We are so blessed to have them for a few days.  We also had three sets of special visitors.  God sent them when we needed them the most.  He know how to bless us even on a difficult day!




Read the Bible

  • Psalm 77: 11-12
  • Psalm 85:8



Laurel Joan Givens

September 25, 2018 – January 16, 2019

Our precious baby girl received her angel wings on Wednesday January 16, 2019. Born September 25, 2018, she was 3 ½ months old. Her beautiful smile, chubby cheeks and bubbly personality warmed our hearts every minute of the day. She is missed so much already. Laurel Joan is survived by her Parents, Payton and Virginia Cook Givens; Paternal Grandparents, Darin and Donna Givens; Maternal Grandparents, Lee and Cindy Cook; Great Grandfathers, Cleve Buniff, Lee Cook, and Harold Alford; Great Grandmothers, Donnie Mae Givens and Paulette Jones; Step Great Grandmother, Janet Alford; Step Great Grandfather, Jerry Jones; Great Great Grandmother, Elsie Graham; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by Great Grandmothers, Joan Marie (Cookie) Buniff and Cindy Mattei Cook; Step Great Grandmother, Clara LeBlanc Cook; Great Grandfather, Darwin Givens. Pallbearers are Ethan Givens, Matthew Rush, and Logan Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers are Canaan Rush, Darwin Givens, Karsen King, Jeff Sanchez, and Logan Johnson. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 12 Noon until religious services at 3:00PM on Monday, January 21, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith and Bro. Eric Latham. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.



Sue Ellen Russell Pearson who grew up at Russelltown and attended school in Roseland and Amite with me passed away yesterday.  I did not locate her obituary yet.   Please pray for the family.  They have fought this battle with Sue Ellen for a long time.



Barbara Wentworth Beatty
  • June 11, 1936 – January 13, 2019
  • Hammond, Louisiana

Barbara Wentworth Beatty, 82 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, in Hammond. She was born on Thursday, June 11, 1936, in Amite, Louisiana to Wayland M. Sr. and Theresa Rohner WentworthBarbara worked in the Insurance Industry for over 40 years, retiring from State National Life Insurance. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Barbara is survived by her son Phillip Alvin Beatty, Jr. and his wife Christy R., her grandsons, Phillip A. Beatty III of Missouri, Daniel J. Beatty of Marion, Arkansas, Stephen P. Beatty and his wife Elena of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Luke Beatty of Yazoo City, Mississippi, her great grandchildren, Daniel J. Beatty II of Arkansas and Lakelyn R. Beatty of Arkansas, also many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Wayland M. Sr. and Theresa Rohner Wentworth, her husband Phillip Beatty, Sr. and her infant sister, her brothers, Wayland Wentworth, Jr. and Wyatt Wentworth.

A Visitation for Barbara will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2018 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond. A Funeral Service Celebrating Barbara’s Life will immediately follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Tangipahoa Cemetery in Tangipahoa.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond.

Barbara’s guest book can be viewed www.harrymckneely.com.




Jan Renee Allen

June 17, 1978 – January 17, 2019

JAN RENEE ALLEN was born on her grandmother’s birthday, June 17, 1978 in Covington, LA. She passed so peacefully at the young age of 40. Jan attended Bowling Green School for 13 years, graduating in the Class of 1996. She was chosen as class favorite, Ms. BGS and Homecoming Queen. Jan was also a cheerleader, a four year member of the Lady Bucs basketball team and involved in numerous club activities. She worked for several years at Riverside Medical Center, where she loved all the employees so much. Jan had an infectious smile, always loved life but most of all loved the Lord.

He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46: 10-11

She is survived by:

Daughter: Hailey Lynn Maddern

Hailey’s Dad: Tom Maddern of Franklinton

Hailey’s Sisters: Katy of Hammond,
Kara of Germany

Parents: Ken Allen and Brenda Barber Allen of Franklinton

Brother and Niece: John Allen and Kiersten Allen of Franklinton

Kiersten’s Mom: Becky Smith Allen of Franklinton

Aunts and Uncles: Rita and Butch Magee,
Judy and Carl Thomas,
Eugene Barber,
Randy Barber,
Alfred and Vivian Allen all of Franklinton,
Mary Jane Allen of Folsom

Her wonderful doctor, Dr. Sumathi Smith, whom she loved so dearly and who fought for her until the very end.

Also numerous precious cousins who were so close to her.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Ellis and Ruth Barber, Ellie and Letha Allen, aunt Shirley Stansbury, uncle Lonnie Allen, cousins Allen Dedon and Sherri Hall.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Monday January 21st from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Visitation will continue after 9:00 am Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Franklinton (950 Self Street, Franklinton). A funeral service will be held in the church at 12:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Joey Miller and Rev. Bob Adams officiating, a eulogy by lifelong friend Matt Crain and special music by Stuart Varnado. Burial will follow in the Magee Cemetery at Lawrence Creek.

Memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church-New Sanctuary Fund.

Pallbearers are cousins Brent Magee, Matt Magee, Julian Thomas, Jamie Thomas, Phill Junkins and special friend Justin Brown

Honorary Pallbearers are the Bowling Green Class of 1996.


The Youth on Mission class of FBC, Kentwood will be collecting soup for the Hope Center.  You can bring any kind of soup and put it on the organ.  Thanks for supporting this worthy project, Soup for “Souper” Bowl Sunday.



Share your love and God’s love today!

Anna Lee