Midday Monday

Pray for Rufus, Malone, and other members of the Williams family.  Their brother, Terry from Monroe, passed away.

In Loving Memory
Clifford Terry Williams
2/18/1931 – 11/12/2011

Funeral services for Clifford Terry Williams, 80, of Monroe, will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at North Monroe Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Dye, Rev. Warren Eckhardt, and Rev. David Worthington officiating. Interment will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.

Mr. Williams went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 12, 2011, after a brief illness. He was born on February 18, 1931 in Kentwood, LA. Cliff served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, 1952 – 1954. He received a B. S. Degree with honors in 3 years in Agriculture at Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters Degree from LSU in Wildlife Management graduating in 1957.

Cliff was a District Supervisor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for 32 years. He received the Paul Martin Sportsman Award and was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Marion Williams; and his brothers, Thomas and Marion.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Rhodus Williams; three children, Donna Benes and husband Bob of Coppell, TX, Terri Gullatt and husband Patrick of Haughton, LA, and Doug Williams and wife Kasia of Lafayette, LA; six grandchildren, Ellen and Emily Benes, Natalie Brixey and husband Nathan, Taylor Gullatt, and Zachry and Connor Williams; brothers, Howard Williams of Ferriday, LA, Rufus Williams and wife Margie of Kentwood, LA, and Malone Williams and wife Becky of Kentwood, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe.

The family wishes to extend their thanks to the MICU nursing staff and doctors at St. Francis Medical Center as well as the Encouragers Sunday School Class at North Monroe Baptist Church.

Online Registry/Condolences: http://www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com


 The world of the generous gets larger and larger;

the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

~Proverbs 11:24 (Msg)~



December 5, 1948-October 26, 2011

Patricia Brant Smith was born on December 5, 1948 and passed away on October 26, 2011 at 2:45pm. She was 62, a native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Gulfport, MS.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Donnie Smith, Gulfport, children Tammy Toney(Troy), Gulfport, Tracy Ritchie (Jack), Saucier, Kevin Smith (Ashlee), Gulfport, and Kelly Wallis(Tony), Gulfport. Grandchildren, Amber, Jared, Anthony, Kameron, Tanner, Garrett, Connor, and Braden. Brothers and sisters, Jim Brant (Dulce) Kentwood, Bonnie McDaniel (Buford), Kentwood, Cheryl Guthrie (Clem), Kentwood, Dickie Blades (Trudy), Emilie Van Horn (Bobby), Chattanooga, TN, David Brant (Susan)Hernando, Ms., Tim Brandt(Jennifer) Atlanta, GA, Mark Brandt, East Ridge, TN, Lisa Lawler(Ron), Grapevine TX, and Melissa Farrell, Vinemont, AL.

Preceded in death by her parents, Fred Brant of Gulfport and Shirley Blades of Kentwood and brother Gregg Brandt.

Patricia had also been employed by Oreck Manufacturing for 25 years. She was a faithful member at Sunflower Baptist Church in Perkinston, MS for many years.

Visitation at Riemann’s Family Funeral Home on 3 Rivers Rd., Gulfport from 11am until 2pm with services to follow in the funeral home chapel at 2pm on Saturday, October 29, 2011.



A grandmother and a little girl whose face was sprinkled with bright red freckles spent the day at the zoo.  The children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.  “You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint!”, a boy in the line cried.

Embarrassed, the little girl dropped her head.  Her grandmother knelt down next to her.  “I love your freckles,” she said.  “Not me,” the girl replied.

“Well, when I was a little girl I always wanted freckles” she said, tracing her finger across the child’s cheek.  “Freckles are beautiful!”

The girl looked up.  “Really?”

“Of course,” said the grandmother.  “Why, just name me one thing that’s prettier than freckles.”

The little girl peered into the old woman’s smiling face.  “Wrinkles,” she answered softly.

What a beautiful story of love!  How wonderful it is when those who are filled with the wisdom that comes with age can still see the beauty in those who are younger and have much to learn.  And how wonderful when those just learning to spread their wings can see the beauty in those who have flown so long they have grown weary of flying.

“The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.” (Proverbs 20:29)

With a heart of love, may we see the beauty of God’s children both young and old.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina


Thanking God for the rain and praying you get some too,

Anna Lee

Thursday Addition

Benefit for Jadon Pailet son of Adam and Monica Pailet of Amite.  Order your fried turkey or smoked brisket now!!

$30 each
Phone #:___________________________
(if delivery is needed $5 extra)

Pick-up is Nov. 23rd at 61131 Hwy 445, Amite, LA.
Payment is due at time of order.
Turkeys will average 12-14 lbs.
Brisket will feed 10-12 people.
Phone orders can be taken by calling 985-748-4857.
Deadline for orders is Nov. 12th.
Scheduled pick-up times will be given once all orders are placed. If you need your turkey on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving, we may be able to accommodate.

All proceeds benefit Jadon Pailet son of Adam and Monica Pailet of Amite. Jadon is battling infantile spasms and is in need of medical care in Detroit requiring his parents to be with him for several weeks. Adam is employed at the TPSO and Monica is employed at Tangipahoa Parish School System.

Sunday Obituary

Hazel Corking Simpson
(October 15, 1925 – October 16, 2011)

Hazel Corking Simpson, age 86, was born October 15, 1925 in Detroit, MI and passed away October 16, 2011 at her residence. She was a resident of Kentwood, having lived in Liverpool, England. She was well known around the area as “The Cake Lady”. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Burnell Simpson, two sons, Wayne and wife, Susan Simpson, Ricky and wife, Sherry Simpson; daughter-in-law, Martha Simpson; five grandsons, Jason and wife, Hollie, Kerry and friend, Amanda, Matthew and wife, Celeste, Brandon and wife, Laura and Britt; three great grandsons, Zac, Mason and Kolby; one great granddaughter, Piper; four sisters, Ella Nichols of Yeovil, England, Irene Rolfe of Myrtle Beach, SC, Lillian Barton of Greer, SC and Vivian Roblin of Clemmons, NC. Preceded in death by infant daughter; son, Randy Simpson; and parents, George Ernest Corking and Ethel Cranham Corking. Pallbearers will be Jason, Kerry, Matthew, Brandon and Britt Simpson and Tommy Simmons. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, on Monday from 6pm to 9pm and from 8am until service at 11am on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Services conducted by Rev. Joey Miller and Dr. Danny Smith. Burial in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood.




I am not saying this because I am in need,

for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

~ Philippians 4:11 (NIV)~



On the local level, be safe.  I can find nothing that says the convict on the run has been captured.  Days like we had yesterday and today should make us more aware of the dangers around us all the time.  Ask for Go

Friday, October 14, 2011

“We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near,” (Psalm 75:1, NKJV).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the Office of Global Prayer Strategy, asking you to join the European peoples affinity in a Day of Prayer this Sunday, October 16.

More than 97 percent of the people of Europe do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. They trust in themselves, their governments, their jobs, their families, their education, etc. Those who are “religious” follow church traditions and rituals instead of the truth found the Bible. Western Europeans tend to be post-modern in their thinking, and Eastern Europeans are still influenced by the ideals of their former communist, atheist governments.

Approximately 700 Southern Baptist supported missionaries are currently living and sharing their faith among the world’s 817 million Europeans. A missionary in Malta shares this story. “‘Would you like to come in for a cup of tea?’ my neighbor asked. I immediately said yes, having learned that while Maltese are extremely friendly people, invitations into their homes are not common. We spent an hour and a half and I shared some Bible verses and prayed with her. She showed me the 600-year-old icon that has been passed down through her family and assured me that she respected ‘my religion,’ but she had her own. ‘Jesus loves everyone, but he especially loves those who are good,’ she said.”

In May, 2011, more than fifty Roma met in Prague, the Czech Republic. They were not protesting lower wages, higher unemployment, educational discrimination, or persecution. They were celebrating God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy. They were singing, praying, and praising in the Romany/Gypsy language.

* Please pray today and especially Sunday, October 16, for the work among European peoples, giving thanks in advance for God’s answers to prayer.

* Intercede for European peoples that they will recognize their need for a Savior and place their faith in Jesus.

* Pray for missionaries that they will be encouraged and strengthened as they do the “good work” of spreading the gospel.

***Visit the website europeanpeoples.imb.org to locate the 2011 prayer guide for European Peoples.***

Baptist Press


Heart to Heart with Holley: When it’s time to burn your candles



“Call to Me, and I will answer you,

and show you great and mighty things,

which you do not know.”

~Jeremiah 33:3

I think Momma has an infection again.  Pray for my family as we try to get this verified and something done to help Momma feel better.

Pray for my son-in-law, Boyd, as he speaks in Virginia today.  My his words be the words God has for the church there.  May the church be receptive to the words God has for them.

Thought for the Day: The Value of Experience

“Sir, What is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.

“Two words.”

“And, sir, what are they?”

“Right decisions.”

“And how do you make right decisions?”

“One word.”

“And, sir, what is that?”


“And how do you get experience?”

“Two words.”

“And, sir, what are they?”

“Wrong decisions.”

There’s a measure of truth in that. Though we can (and should) learn from the mistakes of others, experience truly does seem to be “the best teacher.” The experience of making wrong decisions in the past should help us to learn so that we make better decisions in the future. But are we willing to learn?

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man….” (I Timothy 1:12-13)

Paul is a great example of someone who learned from his past mistakes and, as a result of that experience, made better decisions in his effort to serve God.

Father, once again I come asking forgiveness for the many times I’ve let you down. As I confess to you my transgressions, I pray that you will help me to learn from my mistakes — to recognize the consequences of following my stubborn will, to realize the heartache you feel when I turn a deaf ear to you, to learn from my error the need to follow your word more closely. I have made wrong decisions, but I pray that the experience of doing so will help me to develop the wisdom necessary to make better decisions in the future, as I strive to draw closer to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
White House Church of Christ
White House, Tennessee

Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

The Lord's Day

Caring Bridge: Logan Watts


Randy Relan‘s liver transplant went well.  According to the last report I had, Randy was still sleeping, but the doctors were not alarmed.  Pray for Randy, the family, and the medical staff caring for him.

Jesse Dean is in some pain due to Tuesday’s back surgery, but it is bearable. Continue to remember Jesse and Majel in your prayers.

Ruby Schwartz is in a lot of pain at North Oaks.  Please pray for her and for her family.

Mr. Luther Ricks had a stroke Thursday.  Please be in prayer for Luther, this family, and the medical staff caring for him.

John Levi Reid, Jr.
(September 25, 1937 – September 17, 2011)

John Levi Reid, Jr.

A resident of Greensburg, he died at 9:35 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at St. Helena Parish Hospital in Greensburg. He was born September 25, 1937 in Amite and was 73 years of age. He is survived by his sister, Katie Reid, Prairieville; brother, Joe Moore, Albany; 2 nieces, Sandra Turner, Denham Springs and Melanie Moore, Ponchatoula; 3 nephews, Nola David Longmire, Jr., Central, Joseph Moore, III, Amite and Scott Moore, Amite; great-nephew, Kenneth Joseph Landry. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2011. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite.

Thought for the Day: Life Isn’t Easy

Unfortunately there are some things that children should be learning in school, but don’t. Not all of them have to do with academics. For the benefit of our high school and college graduates, here are some basic rules that may not have found their way into the standard curriculum. Some (perhaps all) of these should be credited to Charles Sykes, author of “Dumbing Down Our Kids.”

Rule #1: Life is not fair. Get used to it.

Rule #2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. It will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

Rule #3: Sorry, you won’t make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And you won’t be a vice president or have a car phone either. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn’t have a Gap label.

Rule #4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier.

Rule #5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.

Rule #6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes. Learn from them.

Rule #7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents’ generation try cleaning out your bedroom.

Rule #8: In some schools they have abolished failing grades. They’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.

Rule #9: Life is not divided into semesters, and you don’t get summers off. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

Rule #10. Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs.

Rule #11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Rule #12: Enjoy this while you can. Sure, parents are a pain, school’s a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you’ll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now.

You’re welcome.

I think there are some good points to be learned by students in the material above. The message I see repeated throughout is “don’t expect for life to be easy.” Interestingly enough, that’s one of the messages that Jesus left with his disciples. Life for a Christian will not always be easy. At times, it will be very difficult. And sometimes it helps just to know that in advance.

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:12-13).

The good thing is, though, that even when life is not easy, God has promised to provide the strength we need to get through it.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Boone Church of Christ
Boone, North Carolina

Stand in the storm.  When it gets rough, make adjustments, but keep standing.

Anna Lee


I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others

and make friends for eternity.

In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven …

but if you are unfaithful with your worldly wealth,

who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?

… You cannot serve both God and money.

~Luke 16: 9-14 NLT~

Lay Renewal will be this weekend at First Baptist Church, Kentwood.

Tonight’s cottage prayer meeting will be at Gail and Tom Brister’s home.

Friday will begin with supper at the church.

Saturday morning, there will be coffee gathering around town followed by services at the church.

Sunday will be the last day and night.

Mark your calendar to attend.

Thursday David and I will host our regular monthly gathering at the cabin.  We hope you will join us for supper, fellowship, a devotional, and a prayer time.  The time is 6:30.

Have a great day!

Anna Lee

Friday Addition

Share by Mrs. Ann Chapman


Carrots, Eggs & Coffee   

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee….You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.  

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.  

Her mother took her to the kitchen.. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word…  

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ‘ Tell me what you see.’  

‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.  

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardboiled egg.  

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, mother?’  

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water.  Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.  

‘Which are you?’ she asked her daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?  

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?  

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?  

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?  

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy  

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.  

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.  

Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.