Thursday

He has shaped each person in turn;

now he watches everything we do.

Psalm 33:15 (MSG)

Mrs. Faye Price will have additional tests next Tuesday at North Oaks. Pray for her as she tries to “take it easy” for a few days.

Mrs. Avis Sullivan did not come home as expected. Instead her surgery has been moved up to this Friday. Pray for “Miss” Avis, her family, and the medical staff at North Oaks.

Mr. Bobby Raborn’s double knee surgery went well at Baton Rouge General. Pray for him as he goes through therapy.

Colbye Erwin’s paternal grandmother passed away. Her funeral was yesterday.

Inez Carroll Lea
A resident of Line Creek, she died at 10:53 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at her home. She was 96 and a native of Pine Grove. She was an officer and member of Eastern Star. Visitation at Line Creek Baptist Church, Line Creek, on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at the church on Friday from 8 a.m. until religious service at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Ken Irvin and the Rev. Leon Dunn. Interment in Line Creek Cemetery. Survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Vernon Branch, Pine; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Nelson Lea, Kentwood, Chris and Sheila Lea, Duck Hill, Miss., and Kernan and Debbie Lea, Kentwood; two brothers, Pat and Darby Carroll; two sisters, Ruth Robinson and Carolyn Reinninger; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Guy Lea; parents, Leon and Arsula Carroll; son, Lloyd Lane Lea; and granddaughter, Erin Lea. Arrangements by McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Published in The Advocate on 7/17/2008

Baptist Press

July 16, 2008

CHINA–China relief effort adds focus on ‘Hope Centers.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28479

NEW YORK–Josh Hamilton: From heroin to home run hero. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28480

MASSACHUSETTS–Mass. Senate OKs ‘gay marriage’ for nonresidents. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28481

TENNESSEE–Baptists’ gifts to Union surpass $3M. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28482

WASHINGTON–‘Gay marriage’ could be costly for religious liberty, panelists say. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28483

GEORGIA–NAMB’s Meacham to work with Baptist associations. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28484

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON (Tim Ellsworth): Josh Hamilton not the true hero. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28485

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Howard Dayton): Don’t let a vacation bust your budget. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28486

GETTING OLDER (part 2)

An elderly man went to the doctor for a visit. “Doc,” he says,” I am so stricken. I have chest pains, headaches, back pains, nausea, arthritis, constipation, stomach cramps, earaches, burning in the eyes, congested lungs…”

“Sir,” says the doctor, “you complain you have so many things. What don’t you have?”

The man answers, “Teeth.”

I began talking about the subject of growing older in the last TFTD, and I mentioned that we dread getting old. As I said, I think there are several reasons for that. One is that (at least in the United States) we live in a youth-oriented society. We live in a society that glorifies and even worships youth. The things we hear and read seem to say that in order to be happy, you have to have good looks, good health and a good job, things we associate more with youth. So we don’t want to get old.

Old age should be looked upon with honor and respect. The Bible teaches us to respect and look up to those who are older. God commanded the Israelites in Leviticus 19:32, “You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man.” In I Peter 5:5, Peter says to Christians, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders.” Now he’s not talking about the office of elder here. He’s talking about members who are older. Old age is something that should be respected and in most cultures of the world it is, but unfortunately not always here in America.

Here, youth is glorified, so age is something that you cover up and deny, not something seen as good or enjoyable. One of the new concepts that our industrial world has brought us is “planned obsolescence” — it’s the idea that what isn’t new isn’t desirable. And, so it follows, according to this reasoning, that when people wear out, they should be pushed aside and ignored.

The talents and skills of the elderly, acquired over a lifetime, are often ignored. Older people often feel they’ve spent their whole life working to become good at something, only to find that nobody wants their skill. And so they struggle with feelings of uselessness, loneliness and depression.

I think we need to do a better job (both in the church and in our personal lives) of making use of this vast resource of wisdom and experience. I encourage you to sit down with the oldest person you know and simply ask the question, “What are some of the greatest lessons you’ve learned in life?” Be prepared to take notes. 😉

(to be continued)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Don’t forget the share group meeting tonight at the cabin. We meet at 6:30 and everyone is invited to join us. (I know many of you live too far away to attend, but if you are ever in the area on the third Thursday, schedule some time to be with us.)

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“But you, when you pray,

go into your room,

and when you have shut your door

pray to your Father who is in the secret place;

and you Father who sees in secret

will reward you openly.”

~Matt. 6:6~

Mrs. Faye Price was able to return home yesterday. Pray for her as she addresses her health issues at home.

Joan Hagan will have outpatient tests today in Hammond. Please be in prayer for her during the tests.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Transition is a normal part of life for a missionary kid (MK), but that doesn’t mean that it is easy by any means. When it is time to leave for college, a young person can experience a variety of emotions but traveling overseas to begin this exciting adventure can add many more dynamics. Pray for MKs as they begin college this fall. Pray for the right roommates, wisdom for decisions in what courses and activities to pursue. Pray for good relationships to form that will inspire, encourage and bless them. Pray for their families as they release their sons and daughters, that God will grow all of them through this time of transition.

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

“For this reason God also highly exalted Him

and gave Him the name that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow–

of those who are in heaven and on earth

and under the earth–

and every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.”

~Philippians 2:9-11, HCSB~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, inviting you to pray for women in predominantly Muslim cultures.

“No one seems to understand why we desire to help Palestinians, including the Palestinian people themselves!” a worker comments. A young Palestinian woman recently asked a worker why she was willing to teach her English. She explained that God had placed a love in her heart for the Palestinian people. Finding this hard to believe, the woman tried to persuade the worker otherwise, saying, “You really can’t love me!” The worker finally convinced her that her love is genuine. “I’ll have to ask God why He would do this,” the young Palestinian woman answered. Pray that this woman will come to understand that true love comes from the one true God alone.

M is a seeker in Dubai and God has been working in her life and bringing her to a deeper understanding of the truth. But in recent weeks, her growth has been combated by the evil one. She has become very busy with her new job and time-consuming visitors from her home country. She has even stopped responding to any contact from believers. It is unclear what is going on. Please ask that her faith will be proven genuine and that she will continue to turn to God’s Word for wisdom.

* Please pray for Christian workers to consistently demonstrate the love of Jesus through their outreach projects.

* Intercede for seekers and young Christians living in Muslim cultures that they will stay intentional in their study of God’s Word.

* Ask God to call out new believers who will confess the name of Jesus as Lord in these restrictive countries.

Associational WMU Meeting

  • Thursday
  • Spring Creek Baptist Church
  • 10:00 A.M.
  • Covered dish luncheon

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Praise

PSYCHOLOGISTS TELL US that one of the deepest urges in human nature is the craving to be appreciated…

Thus, we contribute immeasurably to the happiness and success of others when we express appreciation for their work and worth.

We are also advised that the giving of sincere praise brings out outstanding benefits to the one who gives it. Thus, we contribute immeasurably to our own happiness and success when we express appreciation for others.

Observation teaches that the most successful people have mastered the art of giving praise.

Giving honest praise is like “saying grace” at the table…very difficult to start, if it hasn’t been our pattern. Here are some guidelines to get one started.

1. Look for little things for which you can express appreciation. We tend to wait for colossal achievements before uttering one word of commendation or encouragement. Rare and refreshing is the person who goes on a “treasure hunt” searching for little things to praise.

2. Look for things close at hand for which you can express appreciation. The human tendency is to see glamour in things at a distance and defects in things close at hand. It doesn’t take much sense to find fault with things and people close by. Conversely, it requires sensitive perception to detect the genuine worth of nearby treasures.

3. Voice your appreciation. It isn’t that we don’t appreciation others…it’s just that, for some unknown reason, we are hesitant to voice that feeling. It is necessary to say nice things to have them do good…not merely think them. By not acting quickly to praise one for his work the impulse often fades away.

It may well be that one of the greatest duties you can perform this day will be speaking a word of appreciation. (John Gipson)

“Now we exhort you, brethren,

warn those who are unruly,

comfort the fainthearted,

uphold the weak,

be patient with all.”

~1 Thess. 5:14~

As you read The Prayer Link each day, please look back over the names that were recently listed. Many of these people need our continued prayers at this time. Also, please realize there are always people with needs that I am unaware of or those who would rather not be listed publicly. You can pray for these needs even if you are not aware of them.

As always, your prayers mean so much to so many. Thank you for praying each day.

Anna Lee

Tuesday Addition

Pray for Joan Hagan as she has outpatient tests in Hammond.

Judy Fowler suggested I include this obituary:

Agnes Yarbrough (Bennett) Rhodes
Mrs. Agnes Bennett Yarbrough Rhodes, 79, of Hammond, died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Belle Maison Nursing Home, Hammond. She was born on Monday, Sept. 17, 1928, in Kentwood, daughter of the late Otis Bennett and Lennie Cutrer Bennett. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees plus 30 in education. She served on a team to establish the nationally recognized B’Yon program for talented/gifted children. She was devoted to educating the youth of Tangipahoa Parish for 25 years. Surviving are her husband, Donald G. Rhodes; son and daughter-in-law, Lanis and Anita Yarbrough III; two daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Craig Lieberman and Leann and Donnie Pickens; four grandchildren, Scott Pickens, Amanda Yarbrough, Tory Lieberman and Laine Lieberman. Preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Lennie Cutrer Bennett; first husband, Lanis Yarbrough Jr.; and sister, Marion Gill. Friends will be received at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, on Sunday, July 13, from noon until service at 2 p.m. in the chapel, officiated by Dr. Lonnie Wascom. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. The family wishes to thank the nurses, aides and staff of Belle Maison Nursing Home for their devoted care of our beloved Agnes, and to Marthetta, her companion and caregiver, our most heartfelt thanks. An online guestbook is available at http://www.harrymckneely.com.
Published in The Advocate on 7/11/2008

Tuesday

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

~James 5:16b~

Mrs. Avis Sullivan is in North Oaks, but may be able to return home soon. After a couple of weeks at home, she’ll have surgery. Please keep “Miss” Avis, one of our special friends, in your prayers. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Ann Trappey called to request prayer for the son of a friend. Brett Errickson of LaPlace was in the new base in Afghanistan that was overrun by militants this weekend. His family has not heard from him and requests prayers for Brett and the others serving to protect us.

Mr. Jimmy Tolar is doing well following his latest back surgery. He was able to be at church last night. Keep praying.

Mrs. Anne Hurst is now associated with the North American Mission Board. She is excited to be able to serve in ministry again. Keep her in your prayers as well as those with whom she will minister.

Braden Alford had a good day yesterday with no apparent problem from the head injury. Thank God his fall did not create a bigger problem.

Please continue to pray for the many volunteers, including International World Changers, as they minister around the world this summer. Pray many lives will be touched because of those who care to give of themselves to help minister to others. The Hatchels are working with one team this week and another one next week. Pray for all the IMB personnel as they coordinate volunteer teams. Pray for safety as traveling involves many miles and different countries. Pray for luggage and ministry materials to arrive safely and on time. Pray for receptive hearts.

Marvelous Monday was again a very special night. I hope you were able to be there. The service was followed by a time of fellowship that was well attended. The next Marvelous Monday will be led by Dr. J.P. Miles, Dennis Walker, and Bob Raborn. I’m already looking forward to another special service.

Even though a specific country is named in this request, you can replace that country with numerous other country names and still have a very important prayer request. Add a few other country names to this request as you pray.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Pray for a missionary as he transitions from language school in Bangkok to life and ministry in another part of Thailand. Pray that the Lord will help him grow in his comprehension and speaking ability and that he will build good relationships with local people, both believers and non-believers. Ask the Lord will use Him mightily to further His kingdom in that province.



Patsy M. Smith
Smith, Mrs. Patsy M. First Baptist Church, Amite, at 1 p.m.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

Harry Herman Helmrich Jr.
Born Nov. 28, 1936, in Amite, to the late Irma Ellen Anthony Helmrich and Harry Herman Helmrich Sr., he passed away Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Baton Rouge, at age 81. Mr. Helmrich was a forester and a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II who proudly loved and served his country in the invasion of Okinawa. He was member of First Christian Church, Society of American Foresters, Nicholson Post 38 of the American Legion and the Cruisin Cajuns. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Yvonne Perrin Helmrich; two sons, Michael Harry Helmrich and companion Jackie Marie Nigro, and Orien Mark Helmrich and spouse, Catherine Farrar Helmrich; and three grandchildren, Christopher Mark, Catherine Rebecca and Philip Casey Helmrich. Visitation at First Christian Church, 8383 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, 70809, on Thursday, July 17, from 9 a.m. until memorial service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the music ministry of First Christian Church of Baton Rouge.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

Edgar Eugene Adams Sr.
Adams Sr., Edgar Eugene McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, at 11 a.m.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

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A GOOD FRIEND of mine recently sat in my office thinking out loud about whatever came to mind…

The topics ranged from his marriage (which had its share of disappointments), to his future plans for ministry, to the quality of his walk with the Lord. As the conversation continued his mood became increasingly thoughtful — not gloomy, but quietly and deeply reflective, the kind of mood no one ever feels in a fast-food restaurant.

My friend, I should point out, is a committed Christian, a gifted counselor, and an unusually clear thinker. His life has known a few trials, but nothing remarkably different from what most middle-aged men have experienced. His friends describe him as friendly, hardworking, loyal, and sincere. A few see his spontaneous fun-loving side. Everyone agrees he’s a solid, well-adjusted Christian.

After nearly an hour of reflective rambling, his thoughtful mood shifted into a profoundly sad, almost desperate, loneliness. As though talking to no one in particular, he quietly said, “I wonder what it would be like to feel really good for just ten minutes.” (Larry Crabb)

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the LORD,

the Creator of the ends of the earth,

neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak,

and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

and the young men shall utterly fall,

but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint.”

~Isa. 40:28-31~

 

 

Thanks for being there to pray each day. Your prayers mean so much to so many. Also, feel free to share praises, requests, and updates so others will know how to pray.

Anna Lee

Monday

Requests from the IMB

SOMALI OF THE HORN OF AFRICA (suh-MAH-lee). In the Horn of Africa this year, rain has been scarce. The drought has claimed the lives of both humans and animals, both of which are significant among a people whose families are central to their society and whose livelihood comes in large part from their herds. In the Somali region of Ethiopia, regular power outages have resulted from a lack of sufficient hydroelectric power. In Djibouti, intense heat perpetuated during a season when rain and relief were expected. And in Somalia, the distribution of food aid is stymied by ongoing conflict. Many relief workers have been killed in Somalia this year, many organizations have disbanded their relief operations in the country, and pirates have continued to capture food shipments coming in by sea. Pray for those suffering as a result of drought and impending famine. Pray that relief organizations will be able to spread hope and the truth of the gospel as they distribute food aid in the Somali region, especially in those areas where Christian workers are not generally allowed access.

SEREER OF SENEGAL AND THE GAMBIA (suh-RARE). As she prepares for language evaluations, one of the subjects that missionary Kimberley F. has to master is to articulate the difference between her faith and the two major faiths found in Senegal. Kimberley was talking through this with O.S., a student about to graduate from secondary school who has been helping her to prepare. He is an intelligent young man who has been awarded a scholarship to a university in France. In the course of the conversation, Kimberley asked him, “O.S., what do you believe will happen when you stand before God?” He replied, “I hope that God will have pity on me. The good works I did during my lifetime must outweigh my sins; then maybe I could have a chance to enter heaven.” Voicing a prayer in her heart to God, Kimberley said, “O.S., I can tell you with all confidence that when I die, I will be in God’s presence and He will welcome me into heaven.” She continued, “I know that God is holy and I am sinful, so because of this, I cannot enter His presence on my own. It is only because I have accepted God’s gracious gift in sending His Son to die in my place that He has written my name in His book.” O.S. says that he is “curious” about this faith and wants to know more. Please pray for him as he reads the Bible on his own, claiming John 8:32 as you pray.

ZIMBABWE. Baptists in Zimbabwe are being blessed abundantly by donations from the United States through the newly formed Baptist Global Response (BGR). BGR has provided more than 100 tons of food in the form of food boxes delivered to destitute families. The boxes include staple items that could be purchased for approximately $25 U.S., but it would take more than a year’s salary for most Zimbabweans to purchase these items–if they were available in the grocery stores! One woman wept as she opened her box, “I was praying this morning, asking God what to do because I have no food to eat. Then you brought this food to me. I know God really does care about me.” An elderly man, not a Baptist, who has been surviving on one bowl of porridge a day, was overcome and could not speak for quite some time after getting his box. Everywhere people are saying that Baptists don’t just talk about God’s love, they give it away! BGR has also purchased more than $40,000 worth of essential medicines for the Sanyati Baptist Hospital and is currently working on re-vamping the hospital’s water system. Another project on the drawing board is to distribute school supplies to 25,000 needy students along with book covers imprinted with evangelistic stories and Scriptures, as well as the plan of salvation. Pray that as Baptists in Zimbabwe continue to provide for the needs of the people, many will be open to hearing the gospel, and ask that Baptists will be able to meet spiritual needs as well.

PHILIPPINES. “On site with insight” is a phrase used to explain the significance of prayerwalking. How about riding a motorcycle and a boat? Carl Miller and Pastor S in Leyte (Central Region) guided 22 men from Mindanao (Southern Region), who traveled on motorcycles, to learn about ministry opportunities on Samar and Leyte and discover where God can use them. The men hired a boat to go up river to see where God is at work among the Cebuano and Waray people of Leyte and Samar. Pray that this experience will motivate these men to effectively share the vision for a church planting movement among their home churches in Mindanao and that God will call out co-workers as a result.

KURDS OF IRAN. For several years, there has been an adequate translation of the New Testament in the Sorani Kurdish language. However, there has never been a Sorani full Bible translation. Please pray for those currently involved in this translation project. These workers have labored on this translation for many years now. There are various holdups and delays, which are causing many to grow discouraged with the project. Please pray that a deep sense of unity will come over all involved in this project, and that all involved will press on to finish the translation. Access to the whole Bible is vital to the complete and effective training of Sorani believers and leaders. It is essential for the long-term growth and development of the Sorani-speaking church. Pray that many Sorani Kurds will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as a result of this Sorani full Bible. doulos@comcast.net; http://centralasia.imb.org/

JAT SIKHS OF INDIA (jut SEEKS). “Hands On” is a program for young adults to spend six months on the mission field getting their hands on the work. There are positions open for two young men to spend the spring of 2009 helping with the Jat Sikh work. It requires young men who are bold and passionate about reaching the lost. These young men will plunge into the front lines of lostness as they work with Jat Sikhs. They will share the gospel, and many of the listeners will be hearing it for the first time. Please pray for the Lord to call the right people to fill this request. Maybe He is calling you or someone you know. SouthAsiaVIM@wigtake.org; http://www.go2southasia.org/

AIDS. After her husband took another wife, she was then “chased away” from her home by her stepson and forced to find another place to live; a 13-year-old was raped by a young man living in a room in her mother and stepfather’s house and is now five months pregnant; a faithful Christian recently found out her brother had been abusing her daughter–these are just a few cases of abuse occurring in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. For most women who find themselves in abusive situations, there is very little recourse since there are few laws to protect them. Statistics indicate that approximately one out of three women in southeastern Africa has suffered some form of sexual abuse as a child. For some who continue to deal with their situations as well as the possibility of contacting the HIV virus from their experiences, the nightmare continues. Pray for the plight of women and children who live in fear of abuse on a regular basis. Pray that laws will be passed and enforced, protecting them and allowing them to live healthy and happy lives. http://www.imb.org/AIDS/

The Marvelous Monday services tonight at 7 P.M. will be led by Bobby Eads and Tim & Becky Daniels. A nursery will be provided. There will be a time of fellowship following the service. Please try to attend.

The monthly share group will be at 6:30 P.M.Thursday at the Alford cabin. Please feel free to join in the food, fellowship, and devotional time. Call or email for directions.

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THE MOST DRAMATIC moment in human history makes for odd drama…

The hero is center-stage yet silent. His script is only seven lines long, some whispered, some groaned through gritted teeth. He gestures simply and seldom. He is still, pinned as it were to a prop from which neither the audience nor the other actors can easily unfasten their eyes. The stage is stark, the scenery sparse, the props peculiar — hammer, spikes, spear, dice. The action is minimal at best, at worst awkward. The lighting is at first too bright, then too night.

Other actors take the stage. Soldiers hammer and gamble, making light of the weighty moment. Bystanders assuage their boredom with blasphemy. Priests parrot their vain victory, ignorant of the irony: “If you come down, we will believe.” Followers weep and wonder, only a few and from afar. The rest, obvious in their absence, rest off-stage. Ultimately our eyes are drawn back to the main character, still still, and we listen to the seven lines and the sudden silence.

This old drama makes for odd drama. And we find ourselves left wondering less about the hero than ourselves. Where will we stand on the stage, with the deriders or the disciples? Will we stand fearfully but faithfully with the women or will we slip off to the wings unable to see or be seen? And what will we say when the next line is ours?

And if we should decide not to try out for this play, not to take part in this odd, old drama, it’s too late. By coming to this table we have already accepted a role, we have already joined the cast, we have already taken the stage. This meal is which we are invited reminds us that we are privileged to play a part, a part in the most dramatic moment in human history, in the great drama of redemption. (J. Lee Magness)

“And when they had mocked Him,

they took the purple off Him,

put His own clothes on Him,

and led Him out to crucify Him.”

~Mark 15:20~

Have a great day!

Anna Lee

Sunday Evening

Eleanor Morris continues to battle pneumonia and complications from the medications she is taking. Pray she improves soon.

Mrs. Faye Price has been admitted to North Oaks for observation. Please continue your prayers for her.

Susan Rimes said her sister had a better week last week than the week before. Pray for Lisa as continues her battle with cancer.

Our grandson, Braden Alford, is in the emergency room of a hospital in Rome, Georgia to get staples in his head. He fell in the preschool department at church tonight. Pray Braden doesn’t have any complications from the injury.

I posted information about Mrs. Ann Chapman’s brother’s death, but never did include an obituary. I’ll include it tonight.

Charles Lee Abernathy
Charles Lee Abernathy, died at his residence in Pearl River, Thursday, July 3, 2008. He was 79 and a native of Kingsland , AR. He retired after 30 years as a Coach Operator with Greyhound Bus Lines and was a graduate of Amite High School. Visitation will be Monday, July 7, 2008 at First Baptist Church Pearl River from 9AM until service time at 12 noon conducted by Rev, Alvin Waller. Graveside Services will be Monday, July 7, 2008 at 3PM at Roseland-Arcola Cemetery in Arcola, LA conducted by his nephew, Rev. Deloy Chapman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pearl River and Amalgamated Transit Union. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Pearl River Building Fund, P.O. Box 729, Pearl River, LA 70452 He is survived by his wife Betty Ruth Breeland Abernathy. Daughter Barbara Jean Pack. Former son-in-law Marc Pack. Son Russell Lee Abernathy. Sister Martha Ann Chapman. Brothers James Garland Abernathy, and John Beamon Abernathy. Grandchildren William Charles Pack and Darion Eleanor Pack, 4 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, 4 sisters-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents Lucille and Hosea Abernathy. Brother William “Billy” Riley Abernathy. Sisters Nellie Jean Morris, Mary Frances Rick and Betty Sue Williamson. Pallbearers are Mickey Seale, Mitchell Rick, Jonathan Randall, Deloy Chapman, Todd Abernathy, Audie Pettit. The Honorary Pallbearers are Quincy Chapman, Mark Pack, Monroe “Buster” Rick, Jr. Michael Rick, Peter Abernathy, and Pete Williamson. Seale Funeral Service, Inc., Denham Springs in Charge of Arrangements. 1-225-664-4143
Published in The Times-Picayune from 7/6/2008 – 7/7/2008

Mrs. Patsy Smith was a long-time family friend and a champion for missions. Pray for her family and church family as they cope with her sudden death.

Mrs. Patsy M. Smith
(October 12, 1938 – July 12, 2008)

Mrs. Patsy M. Smith entered this life on October 12, 1938 and went to be with the Lord at 11:45PM, on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was 69, a native of Shreveport, LA and a resident of Amite. She was preceded in death by W. David Smith, her husband of 49 years. Mrs. Patsy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amite where she was a vital part of the FBC Senior Adults, she served as WMU Association Director for many years, and was always a great help to FBC Youth. Visitation will be at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Monday July 14, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and at First Baptist Church, Amite, on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 from 9:00AM until Religious Services at 1:00PM with services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. Interment in Amite Memorial Gardens. She is survived by 3 Sons: D. Mark Smith and wife, Leigh-Amite; J. Matt Smith-Amite; and Michael A. Smith and wife, Cindy-Amite. 1 Sister: Meredith “Aunt Coot” Luman and husband, Fred-Benton, LA. 1 Brother: Jim Montgomery III, and wife, Betty-Benton, LA 6 Grandchildren: David M. Smith, Jr. and wife, Monica; Katie Smith Spearman and husband, Matt; Adam “Bear” Smith and wife, Toni Jo; Cody Alan Smith; Michael A Smith, II and Emily Catherine Smith. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Husband: W. David Smith and Parents: Haywood & Lois Montgomery. Pallbearers will be David Smith, Adam Smith, Cody Smith, Craig Coker, Greg Coker, George Smith, Matt Spearman & Andy Montgomery. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the FBC Building Fund or the Mission Fund at FBC at 117 E. Olive St., Amite, LA 70422. An On-line Guestbook is available at http://www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com. McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggin-Gentry Ford.

Lillie Catalanotto Campo
(August 6, 1916 – July 13, 2008)

Died at 2:40AM on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg, LA. She was a native and resident of Amite, LA. Age 91 years. Funeral Arrangements are pending at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, LA.

Edgar Eugene Adams, Sr.
(January 29, 1937 – July 13, 2008)

U.S. Veteran Died at 6:04AM on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Walker, LA. Age 71 years. Mr. Adams was a U. S. Navy Veteran and retired from Exxon. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Tuesday until religious services at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by 3 sons, Edgar Eugene Adams, II, Walker, Paul Lawrence Adams, Independence, Michael Anthony Adams, Walker, 1 brother, Robert Carl Adams, Holden, 2 grandsons, Vincent and Matthew. Preceded in death by sisters, Jeannette and Betty Jean, half- sister, Maxine, half-brother, Carl and Charles

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