Tuesday Afternoon Update

Bro. Gibbie McMillan

*Gibbie did well overnight.

*Vital signs are stable.

*Tolerated intubation w/o problems.

*Lightly sedated, but can be aroused.

*Hospital chaplain to visit today.

*Oxygen dependency dropped from 100% to 90%.

Prayer service for Bro. Gibbie at 6:30 tonight at New Zion Baptist Church.

Tuesday Addition

Katera McMillan sent this additional information for me to share with you.

  • Gibby remains stable.
  • He is slightly sedated so he can rest better.
  • Specific requests: Healing for his lungs, Vitals to remain stable, Weaning off the ventilator.


 For I am convinced that neither death nor life,

neither angels nor demons,

neither the present nor the future,

nor any powers,  

neither height nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~Romans 8:38-39~

Bro. Gibbie McMillan was placed on a ventilator yesterday afternoon. Katera asks for your continued prayers for him.

New Zion Baptist Church will host a special prayer service for Bro. Gibbie tonight at 6:30. Everyone is invited to attend.

Lonnie Bryan Pope, Sr.

December 19, 1943 – July 23, 2021

Lonnie Bryan Pope, Sr. , a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was born December 19, 1943 in Amite, LA and was 77 years of age. He is survived by his son, Lonnie Bryan Pope, Jr. and Paul Eric Letulier; son, Michael Todd Pope; daughter, Sheila Renee Granat; daughter, Melissa Duffy; numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews; sisters, Betty Caroll and Carol Crowe and husband Jerry; dear friends Glenda and Troy Cox; his constant companion “Midnight”. Preceded in death by his parents, James and Zula Pope; wife, Betty Pope; son, Dewayne Hano; brother, Aaron Pope. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Services conducted by Bro. Paul Taylor. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – July 27

ISAIAH 58:1-63:14

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Today’s Prayer Focus

Pray for those who do not know Jesus as their Savior.

Anna Lee


Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

~Hebrews 13:5-6~

Gibbie McMillan is still being treated for Covid-19 in ICU at North Oaks. Katera, his wife, said he is on 100% oxygen and requests we pray for his lungs to heal.

Beth Hiller, the lady from Hammond who recently came to FBC, Kentwood to present a plaques for five years of serving as an OCC drop-off location, fell yesterday morning. She broke a leg and a hip and has already had surgery. Pray for her as she goes through recovery and rehabilitation.

The number of people in our area with Covid-19 seems to still be increasing. Please be careful not to “share” it with others. Try not to place yourself in a situation where you could “pick-up” the virus.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – July 26

ISAIAH 52:13-57:21

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I’m so thankful for online church services, not just the mega churches, but our local services too. It’s so special to get to participate in our church services from home when circumstances do not allow us to be there in person.

Today’s prayer focus

Let’s continue to pray for medical personnel who do their jobs even when they know they are placing their own health in jeopardy. Let’s all try to reduce their chances to getting sick by taking the suggested precautions.

Anna Lee

Lord’s Day

On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.

The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.

The LORD has spoken.

~Isaiah 25:7-8~

On this Lord’s Day, let’s remember Bro. Gibbie McMillan who is in ICU at North Oaks. Let’s also remember the church he pastors, Taylor Creek Baptist Church.

Tommy Hood is doing well with his treatment at M.D. Anderson. He and his family thank you for your continued prayers.

James Aubrey Reid

1942 – 2021

James Aubrey Reid, husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021. He was the third of five sons of Dorothy Gaines Reid and Shelby S. Reid, Jr. born on January 28, 1942 in Magnolia, MS.

He graduated from Amite High School and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

He will be fondly remembered by his classmates as one of those Reid boys, an outstanding young leader, chosen President of the Class of 1960 and elected Mr. Amite High School.

Jimmy lived briefly in Florida, but spent most of his life in Louisiana where he worked early on as a typesetter at The News Digest, and then the Morning Advocate. For over thirty years, Jimmy was a regular at the courthouse, where he worked as an abstractor for local attorneys. He was an Eagle Scout and for over 20 years was a Boy Scout Leader. But his pride in life was being an Auxiliary police officer for The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. His greatest joy came from raising his granddaughter, MaKaylyn.

He was proceeded in death by his wife, Marsha Mistoler Reid, by his father, Shelby S. Reid, Jr., his mother, Dorothy Gaines Reid, his infant sister, Doris Elizabeth Reid, his older brother, Shelby S. Reid, III, and sister-in-law Evelyn Hendry Reid.

Those left to remember him are his son, Scott Mistoler Reid of Roseland, his granddaughter, MaKaylyn Reid and three great grandchildren Austin J. Spears, Lydia Gail Spears, and Ke’Daya Rain Cox of Wilma, Louisiana. Jimmy leaves three brothers, Lawrence W. Reid (Larry) and his wife, T.J. of Amite, Davis Gaines Reid (Mike) of Springfield, and Charles Morgan Reid (Chuck) and his wife, Cindy of Amite. He leaves numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

Memorial Services will be held Friday, July 23 at Claire’s on Mulberry Street in Amite. Visitation from 3 til 6, with services at 6 p.m.

Billy Bean, Jr. of Gillsburg, MS

Age 64

Funeral services for Mr. Willie J. (Billy) Bean, Jr., 64, will be held at 2 P.M. on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Gillsburg Baptist Church. The Reverend Austin Bean will officiate. Mr. Bean, a resident of Gillsburg, died at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Billy, the son of the late Willie J “Billy” Bean, Sr. and the late Gwendolyn Lawson Bean, was born on November 27, 1956 in Magnolia, Mississippi.He was also preceded in death by his special brother, Tim Bean, whom he loved dearly. Mr. Bean was a retired dairyman, a member of Gillsburg Baptist Church, a member of the NRA, and an avid hunter.Mr. Bean is survived by one brother, Barry Bean and wife, Roxanne of Madison, Mississippi; two sisters, Jane Harden and husband, Eddie of Montgomery, Texas and Robin Kent and husband, Kyle of Mandeville, Louisiana. He leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.Pallbearers will be: Brennan Kent, Brandon Kent, Kyle Kent, Brent Bean, Brad Bean, Eddie Harden, and Brayden Havard. Honorary pallbearers are: Ed Bean, Ricky Williams, Jimmy Hutson, James Hughes, Hugh Ray Hughes, Jeffrey Wall, Darin Newman, Dale Hughes, and Barry Felder.Visitation will be Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 1:30pm until the service at 2:00 pm at Gillsburg Baptist Church.Burial will follow the service in the Gillsburg Cemetery with Hartman-Jones in charge of the arrangements.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – July 25

ISAIAH 48:12-52:12

Prayer Focus for Today

Pray for our leaders worldwide, nationally, and locally as decisions are made about Covid. I’m not sure any of us has all be directions. Turn to God for help in your decision making.

Anna Lee


“Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves . . .

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.”

~Philippians 2:3, 5-6 (NLT)~

Please continue to pray for Ritchie Yarborough as he continues to recover from surgery.

Please pray for Bro. Gibbie McMillan who has been hospitalized at North Oaks for a week and a half with covid. He’s fighting a big battle. Use your prayer times to pray for him and his family, some of whom have had lighter cases of covid.

Many families in our community seem to have multiple family members sick with covid. Pray families will work hard to contain, not spread, the disease.

Hospitals are full. Staff are overworked and stressed. Several friends have shared that they are working extra long hours to help overcome the covid. The governor has reinstated the mask mandate. Be sure to do your part to prevent the spread of this airborne disease. I’ve heard numerous reports that those sick mainly are younger and not vaccinated.

Today is the day we were to have a OCC shoebox workday. Due to the new covid outbreak, we will postpone the workday.

I know of several others in our community who have other issues. Please pray for them too.

Wendy Fowler shared the Spring Creek school supply list.

Pray for families as they go through the usual stressful issues associated with the beginning of a new school year.

Read the Bible chronologically in 2021 – July 24

ISAIAH 44:6-48:11

Prayer Focus for Today:

  1. Covid situations
  2. Beginning of a new school year
  3. Professional and family caregivers

Anna Lee


“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

“For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.  

He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.

He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

~Daniel 6:26-27~

Tommy Bill Gibbs

Tommy Bill Gibbs, a resident of Independence, LA, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at his home. He was born June 15, 1933 in Randolph County, Alabama and was 88 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Kay Henry Gibbs; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Breaux and husband Kenneth; 3 sons, Rickelie D. Gibbs and wife Connie, Thomas Scott Gibbs and wife Barbara and Shane Gibbs and wife Susan; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his 3 grandchildren, Kimberly Kay Bartlette, Nick Steele and Luke Gibbs; sister, Nina C. Gibbs Nolen; parents, Bill and Jewell Craft Gibbs. Graveside Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Arcola Cemetery, Arcola, LA at 2:00PM Saturday, July 24, 2021. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – July 23

July 23rd Readings
ISAIAH 40:1-44:5

July 24th Readings
ISAIAH 44:6-48:11

July 25th Readings
ISAIAH 48:12-52:12

July 26th Readings
ISAIAH 52:13-57:21

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OCC Workshop

The OCC workshop scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to the covid outbreak among members of our church. I’ll let you know when we reschedule.

Today’s Pray Focus

Today, let’s continue to pray for those with flu, covid, and pneumonia.

Anna Lee


The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

~Psalm 27:1~

Bill Frazier’s nephew, Tommy Frazier is having surgery this morning. Please be in prayer.

Walter Bryan Tyrney

October 27, 1982 – July 11, 2021

Walter Bryan Tyrney, a resident of Mobile, AL, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021. He was born October 27, 1982 in Independence, LA and was 38 years of age. He worked for Marquette Transportation Company. He is survived by his mother, Tammy Rutland Hyde; children, Mystic Tyrney and Oakley Creel, Kylan and Kadyn Tyrney and Easton Tyrney; brother, Devin Hyde and wife Amanda; sister, Calyn Brabham and husband Garrett; nephews, Conner Hyde, Mason Brabham and Parker Hyde; niece, Paisley Hyde; maternal grandmother, Lynda Harper and husband James. Preceded in death by his father, Danny Tyrney; paternal grandparents, Walt and Ann Tyrney; maternal grandfather, Calvin Rutland. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10:00AM until religious services at 12:00PM on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – July 22

2 KINGS 20:1-11
ISAIAH 38:1-8
2 CHRONICLES 32:24-31
ISAIAH 38:9-22
2 KINGS 20:12-19
ISAIAH 39:1-8

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Prayer Focus Today

Please pray for those listed on your personal prayer list.

Anna Lee

Wednesday Addition

Pray for a miracle that God will restore blood flow to Seavy’s toes so he won’t lose them. He’s back in the hospital on antibiotic IV’s to prevent infection. His foot was crushed and the micro vessels to his toes is not supplying enough blood. We are thankful for the good doctors treating him but they cannot heal his foot, it’s all in the Great Healer, Almighty God’s hands. Only the Lord can heal and we give Him all the power and glory for His greatness and compassion. Thank you for all the prayers in Seavy’s behalf

Mary Ann Clemons


“Look out for one another’s interests,

not just for your own.”

~Philippians 2:4 (GNT)~

Tommy Hood received very good reports from his cancer evaluations. Round one of chemo caused major improvements. Now, it’s the start of round two.

The whole Buckley family is proud to announce the arrival of a baby GIRL – Charliegh Jayde Buckley

8 pounds 6 ounces

19 inches long

Valerie Baxter Chehardy

April 23, 1960 – July 19, 2021

Mrs. Valerie Baxter Chehardy went to her eternal resting place after passing peacefully in her sleep on July 19, 2021 at the age of 61. Valerie was born April 23, 1960 to Robert J. & Phyllis Baxter of Bush, LA. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 33 years, Peter Michael Chehardy, until his death in November of 2019. Affectionately known as “Val”, she and her husband were well known members of the Amite community and could often be found at Master Chef visiting with friends during the lunch hour. She also looked forward to their annual trip to Biloxi for Cruising the Coast. She was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Mark Baxter, and a sister, Cheryl Casadaban. Valerie is survived by one brother, Robert Baxter and a sister, Lisa Baxter, and her sister-in-law, George Ann Chehardy Smith, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to join the visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 8:30 am until the funeral at 10:30 am with services held by Deacon Mike Agnello. Interment will be at Amite Memorial Gardens. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

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Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – July 21

2 KINGS 19:1-19
ISAIAH 37:1-20
2 CHRONICLES 32:9-19
2 KINGS 19:20-37
ISAIAH 37:21-38
2 CHRONICLES 32:20-23

The Operation Christmas Child Workday scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to covid cases. I’ll inform you when we are able to meet as a group again.

Today’s Prayer Focus

Pray for families as they deal with covid based on individual members. The differences in families causes differences in the reactions. Pray for each family to make the best choices for their household.

Pray, also, for different communities, states, and countries as they react to Covid.

Anna Lee