Gustav – Day 4

Progress is being made, but many, many people are without electricity and water. They seem to have a wonderful attitute and are appreciative of anything you can do for them. Many people from further south are learning they do have a home to go back to, even if there is some damage. Also, many people are spending hours on the interstate trying to get back home.

Continue to thank God for the many ways people have been spared this week. Thank him for family, friends, and strangers who have taken time to help one another. Pray for safety as people travel and as they work around downed lines and fallen trees.

I want to include two Baptist Press emails and four obituaries. The timing of the deaths this week seems to have made the deaths even more difficult.

Lucille Lewis Pierre
(March 3, 1932 – September 1, 2008)

Died at 12:20 p.m. on Monday, September 1, 2008 at her residence in Husser, LA. She was a native of Independence, LA. Age 76 years. Visitation at New Sharon Baptist Church, Husser, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 12 Noon Friday. Services conducted by Rev. Kent Newell. Interment New Sharon Cemetery, Husser, LA. Survived by son, Landry Bruce Pierre, Sr., Husser, sister, Sylvia Populus, Uneedus, brother, Royd Lewis, Loranger, 3 grandchildren, Jessica Saragusa, Adam Bernard Capdeboscq, Sr., Landry Bruce Pierre, Jr., 4 great-grandgrandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Louis V. “Boyge” Pierre, Jr., parents, Ollie and Spencer Lewis, daughter, Cynthia Anquenette Capdeboscq, 10 brothers and sisters. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.

John M. Newman
(August 20, 1923 – August 31, 2008)

Died at 1:15 pm on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Magnolia, MS and a resident of Hammond, LA. Age 85 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. on Friday until religious services at 10 a.m. Friday. Services conducted by Rev. Mitch Williams. Interment Colonial Mausoleum, Independence, LA. Survived by sister, Lois LaBauve, numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, Helen Yentgen, Myrtle Courtney, and Winnie Cox.

Richard W. Dunn

(June 11, 1943 – September 1, 2008)

Richard W. Dunn, the greatest Husband, Daddy, and a most beloved Son and Brother was born July 11, 1943 and passed away at 2:20 P.M., Monday, September 1, 2008, at his residence in Amite. He was 65 and a native of Independence. Richard was the son of Mrs. Eula Jenkins and the late Woodrow Dunn. Richard was the most generous businessman our community ever knew. He also was a man who loved the challenge of hard work and his greatest joy was knowing he was called “Paw Paw”.

Richard is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathryn Daniel Dunn, Amite; 4 daughters, Lori Ballard, Dana Dunn, Kelly Sofge and husband, Ben, and Krsiten Davis all of Amite; mother, Mrs. Eula Jenkins, Amite; 4 sisters, Jeanette Armato, Independence; Evelyn Pittman, Kentwood; Diane Scott, Shreveport; and Rita Blades, Amite; 2 brothers, Leroy Wilson, Shreveport; and Charles Dunn, Amite; 6 grandchildren, Jade Patton, Raina Sofge, Emma Sofge, Savannah Ballard, Richard Chasen Ballard, and Joshua Davis, also numerous aunts, uncles, and extended family. Preceded in death by father, Woodrow Dunn, and 2 brothers, Calvin Wilson and M.L. Wilson.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, until Religious Services at 1:00 P.M. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services conducted by Rev. Herb Cowan with interment in the Kedron Cemetery.

An on-line Guestbook is available at

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.

James Lathan Williams Sr., 81, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, while working on his farm in Kentwood. He was born June 24, 1927, son of Jim and Dora Hughes Williams. J.L.’s passion was farming. He was a dairy farmer for 25 years and for the last 20 years remained a beef cattleman. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kentwood and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Pamela Williams McBride; stepfather, Eddie Williams; four sisters, Edith Cuzzort, Alice Daspit, Juanita Mears and Genell Varnado; and two brothers, LeRoy and Robert Williams. Survived by his wife of 55 years, Wanzie Sharkey Williams, of Kentwood; three sons, James Lathan Williams Jr. and wife Wendy, of Baton Rouge, Stan Williams and wife Visa, of Mandeville, and Gary Williams and wife Reneé, of Baton Rouge; six grandchildren, James Lathan Williams III, Derrick Williams, Chad Williams, Chloe Williams and Zach Williams, all of Baton Rouge, Cory Harold and wife Jessica, of Walker; stepgrandson, Jason Clem, of Fayetteville, Ark.; great-granddaughter, Sydnie Williams, of Baton Rouge; brother, Bruce Williams and wife Mary, of Hammond; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Kentwood on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Joey Miller officiating. Burial in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. Arrangements by Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home, McComb, Miss.

Baptist Press

September 2, 2008

LOUISIANA–Minimal Gustav damage at New Orleans Seminary.

GEORGIA–Baptist feeding units begin their work as weakened Gustav advances inland.

OKLAHOMA–Native American churches launch new organization.

ALASKA–Alaska’s grandeur is church’s mission setting.

TENNESSEE–CP: 0.88% ahead of 2007 pace.

NORTH CAROLINA–FIRST-PERSON (Andrea Higgins): Don’t use the ‘R’ word.

September 3, 2008

GEORGIA–2,000 refugees in Gori fed by Texas volunteers.

MISSISSIPPI–SBC disaster relief teams rolling into Louisiana.

LOUISIANA–Gustav spawns ministry by La., Miss. Baptists.

LOUISIANA–Texting keeps New Orleans seminary alert.

TENNESSEE–Connecting young adults to the things of God.

NEW YORK–N.Y. judge says governor can order ‘gay marriage’ recognized.

TEXAS–FIRST-PERSON (Tamara Quintana): Preventive care begins with you.

GEORGIA–Relief teams battle lingering winds, rain in Gustav’s wake.

God has taken good care of me this week. I trust you can say the same. Be sure to thank Him.

Anna Lee


God was watching out for us during Hurrican Gustav. Damage in our area was minimal compared to Katrina. Our house and cabin survived Gustav in good shape. After checking with a number of other people, I learned they also feel very blessed to have come through this strorn in our lives so well. I still am unable to use my computer, so this is coming to you from Roseland.

Sharon Martin’s uncle, John Newman, passed away Sunday. His services will be Friday at McKneely’s.

Richard Dunn passed away Monday. His services will be Saturday at McKneely-Vaughn.

I have not heard arrangements for J.L. Williams yet. I’ll try to post them later.

Tangipahoa Parish Schools will resume Monday.

Our grandson, Braden Alford, went to a specialist in Tennessee today because his broken arm healed crooked. The specialist said nothing needed to be done now. Braden will go back when he is about ten.

If you know of anyone who needs post hurricane assistance, please try to help them. If you cannot, please pass the request on to someone else. There are people available to volunteer their services.

I’ll write more when I get back to my computer.

Anna Lee