SISTER LOYCE McCARVER HAS HEART SURGERY:
Sister Loyce McCarver had heart valve surgery January 9, 2020 in Memphis, TN and she came through surgery well and the valve is working properly at present. She is in ICU after surgery and hopes to get in a room tomorrow, January 10. She also had a stent inserted the week before and she has been especially short of breath. This surgery is supposed to relieve much of that problem. She is at home 1-19-20 and doing OK, just can’t get up and down very well.
SISTER MARLEEN FLANAGAN LOSES SON TO CANCER:
Sister Marleen Flanagan who lives in Tupelo, MS lost her son to terminal cancer back in December who lived in Louisiana and she has a grandson, 9 years old in St. Jude not expected to live past January suffering from a brain stem tumor.
BROTHER TONY LANGLEY TO HAVE SURGERY DEC. 10, 2019
Brother Tony Langley will have surgery on his knee on Tuesday December 10, 2019 to repair a torn ligament that has been giving him trouble for quite some time. Pray everything goes well for surgery and recovery. UPDATE: January 8, 2020 Brother Tony is doing fairly well and is back at work, not 100 percent but much better than he was prior to surgery.
SISTER DEBBIE HUDDLESTON HAS SURGERY:
Sister Debbie Huddleston had sinus surgery on Friday November 15, 2019 as six or her eight sinuses were stopped up. The surgery went well and she is in recovery and hopefully this will relieve her continual trouble with this discomfort.
SISTER SHANNA WISE’S NEPHEW IS KILLED:
Sister Shanna Wise’s nephew, David Wyatt Hudson, was killed in a tragic vehicle accident on October 23, 2019. He was eleven years old and a very bright, intelligent, and spiritual eleven year old and 5th grader. His father, David Hudson, was also injured and is on crutches. Our prayers are with his survivors who mourn the loss of one so young.
BILLY CARL BAILEY HAS BEEN IN HOSPITAL:
Brother Billy Carl Bailey has been in the hospital for several days but discharged yesterday, Sept. 24, 2019. He was suffering from Congestive Heart Failure and COPD. He had low blood oxygen and low heart rate. Doctors had to insert a pacemaker to regulate his heart beat and also removed fluid from his lungs. He is better and home but very sore as one might expect. Pray that he does well now that he has a pacemaker.
TERESA WISE FALLS AND BREAKS HIP:
Teresa Wise, Bro. Lamar Wise’s sister-in-law, fell and broke her hip Sept. 9 and had hip surgery. She came through it fine but Drs found she had blood clots in her lungs and she is being treated for that with blood thinners. She is doing better and hopefully to be discharged from New Albany Hospital during the week of Sept. 16. pray she continues to do well.
BETHANY BLESSED WITH 100TH ANNIVERSARY MEETING:
Elder Ricky Harcrow preached three outstanding messages at Sept. 100th anniversary meeting. “Take Heed”, “Unto Him who is Able”, “Reigning Sin and Reigning Grace”. Many visitors and prayers answered for the meeting.
BROTHER JERRY COLEMAN HAS HEART SURGERY:
Brother Jerry Coleman had heart surgery August 28 to implant a device to prevent strokes and reduce dependence on blood thinners. However, the device was too large to fit his heart opening. Drs. had to abort procedure. Sorry to have him go through all that and not be successful. FDA hopes to approve a device that is smaller and will fit his situation.
SISTER SANDRA WISE’S AUNT DIES:
Sister Sandra Wise’s Aunt (Laverne Steward) passed away August 30, 2019 from assorted complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 90 and funeral was Sunday Sept. 1 with Elder Larry Wise, Elder Tom Bouchillon, Elder Jonathan Wise, and Elder David Wise officiating. She is survived by a sister, Elaine Quarles, and many nieces and nephews.
BROTHER TERRY WISE’S WIFE HAS BACK SURGERY:
Bro. Terry Wise’s wife, Leesa, had back surgery on August 15 and she evidently did well. She is sore but doing ok. Pray this will eliminate much of the pain she had been experiencing for quite some time.
SISTER SHERRY ELDER’S MOTHER-IN-LAW DIES:
Sister Sherry Elder’s mother-in-law, Linda Elder, passed away August 7, 2019 after having had a re-occurrence of cancer which had invaded her entire body. Funeral was August 11 at United Funeral Home. Prayers for her son Steve Elder and the rest of the family in their loss but God’s grace will see them through.
BENEFIT GIVEN FOR TRENTHAM FAMILY JULY 20:
A benefit supper was given for the Joyce Trentham family on July 20, 2019 at Wise Family Farms to help defray some of the funeral expenses of Sister Joyce Trentham who passed away June 19. It was very successful and thanks to everyone who prepared food and gave their monetary resources to make it a blessing for the family.
DARLENE WRAY HAS SLIGHT STROKE:
July 21, 2019: Sister Sandra Harlow’s sister, Darlene Wray, has had a slight stroke and was in the hospital for a few days. She is now taking some physical therapy as a result. We pray that she will have no lasting effects.
UPDATE: BROTHER LAMAR WISE DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL:
Brother Lamar Wise has improved enough that he was discharged from the hospital on July 11, 2019. He is still very weak and his appetite is very bad as nothing tastes just right but he is not in any pain. He had a touch of pneumonia and still has a little cough but otherwise doing fairly well considering the trauma he has been through. Pray his strength and appetite will slowly return.
UPDATE: BROTHER LAMAR WISE IN ICU:
Brother Lamar Wise had to be moved to ICU Tuesday night July 2 and a tube inserted which drained considerable fluid from his stomach and intestines. He could eat nothing but ice chips until Friday July 5. Her has been and is still very sick but he is better. He was started on liquids Friday July 5 and see how he tolerates that and his intestines move the nourishment. He is not in a lot of pain at the moment and we pray he will gradually overcome this setback and be back in a regular room and then able to go home.
SISTER MARTHA WISE GIVEN SURPRISE 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY:
Sister Martha Wise was given a surprise 80th birthday party on Saturday, June 29, 2019, by her husband, Bro. Lamar Wise, at the American Legion building in New Albany. She was totally surprised as Bro. Lamar and others had done a good job keeping it a secret. Over 60 people came and expressed their love with their presence, cards and gifts. it was a good time for her and her family and friends. Her birthday was on July 2, 2019.
BROTHER LAMAR WISE HAS EMERGENCY SURGERY:
Brother Lamar Wise had to have emergency surgery on Sunday June 30 to correct and relieve pain caused by twisted intestines. Surgeons had to remove 12 inches of his intestines because they had died due to lack of blood and oxygen due to the unusual twisting. He came through surgery very well and is very sore but doctors say he is doing very well as of July 1, 2019 and hopes to go home in two or three days. Pray for an uncomplicated recovery.
SISTER JOYCE TRENTHAM PASSES AWAY JUNE 19, 2019:
Funeral Arrangements for Sister Joyce Trentham: Visitation at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church, Ecru, MS from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday June 21, and funeral at Bethany beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, with visitation from 12;00 p.m. until time of funeral. May God’s grace abound!
Shortly after the notice of Sister Joyce Trentham being moved to the Sanctuary Hospice, word was received that she never left her home. She passed away at home about 12:30 p.m. and is at peace with the Lord. Funeral arrangements will follow later. Prayers for the family. She will be missed.
SISTER JOYCE TRENTHAM MOVED TO SANCTUARY HOSPICE:
JUNE 19, 2019: Sister Joyce Trentham has been moved from home hospice to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Her condition resulting from cancer has been deteriorating recently and making it more difficult for her to receive the care she needs at home. She is on low dose morphine but lucid and with a good spirit. Pray for her and Melinda and other daughter, Barbara, has they deal with these final days in the care of their mother.
MAY 2019 COMMUNION MEETING:
Bethany was greatly blessed to have a Spirit filled May Communion meeting with good visitation from sister churches on Friday and Saturday night accompanied by good singing, good preaching, prayers, food and fellowship; it was followed by communion service on Sunday. Elder Michael Gowens was blessed with 3 messages on “Paul the Christian” on Friday night. Saturday night his message was on “One Legitimate Fear” on the wild Gadarene. Sunday’s message was “Call to Worship” and Spirit filled communion followed this message.
BROTHER RONNIE HUDDLESTON’S BROTHER PASSES AWAY:
Bother Ronnie Huddleston’s blood brother, Don Huddleston, passed away May 5 at Sanctuary Hospice House after a battle with lung cancer. Funeral will be Saturday, May 11, at 11:00 a.m. at Ripley Funeral Home with visitation from 10:00 til 11:00.
SISTER JOYCE TRENTHAM IN HOSPITAL 3-21-2019;
UPDATE: April 1, 2019. Sister Joyce Trentham was discharged from hospital March 25 and is at home. The wound where surgery was done to clean abscess is healing really well. She is now on Sanctuary Home Hospice Care and able to get all she needs at present.
Sister Joyce Trentham had to be taken to the ER by her daughter, Melinda today, 3-21-2019 with what was thought to be a burst hernia. It turned out to be a superficial boil that the doctors drained and treated. She was admitted to Union County Hospital in room 219 and will be given antibiotics to combat the infection. It was actually an abscess that had burst. She had to undergo surgery the next day to clean the abscess area below the stomach and she did did well. Doctors said it would take maybe a couple of months to completely heal. She probably will get to go home after a couple of days in the hospital. Thankful it wasn’t any worse.
SISTER DOROTHY CLAYTON IN TUPELO HOSPITAL:
UPDATE: 4-11-2019 Sister Dorothy Clayton is now at home after being in Pontotoc Hospital for about three weeks and doing fairly well.
UPDATE 2-20-2019: Sister Clayton didn’t lay in bathroom as long as reported, She was there in bathroom from early Sunday night until about 4:00 pm Monday which is plenty long enough. She was dehydrated which caused thoughts of heart but tests so far doesn’t indicate this. She has had an ECHO and also has a UTI infection. Plans are to get her in a Rehab facility for some physical therapy. She is currently in Pontotoc Hospital (room 41) with hopes for an opening in rehab nursing facility nearby.
Sister Dorothy Clayton evidently fell in her bathroom and spent two days and nights before anyone found her yesterday, February 18, 2019. A window had to be removed to get into the house. She was first taken to New Albany and then transferred to Tupelo. Obviously she was in bad condition just because of lying there two days without drink or nourishment but it is thought it may be her heart again that is causing trouble.
BROTHER GERALD WHITEHEAD FALLS: 1-21-2019
Brother Gerald Whitehead fell recently and bruised himself up very badly on his face and foot and a gash on his head that had to be glued shut. He remains black and black and blue from bruises and has a large knot still on his head.
SISTER UREA WISE WAS IN HOSPITAL:
Sister Urea Wise was in hospital two three days. She had been having sores on her ankle and toe that hurt so much she couldn’t walk. She was given antibiotics through an IV and a culture taken from the sores. The toe infection was non resistant staff and could be treated by mouth medication. The ankle could also be treated. She was discharged January 11, 2019 on the home hospice program so she can now get more medically monitored attention with all her health problems. However, She did not qualify for home hospice and is still on home health; however, she later did qualify. She is better. We pray for comfort and peace for her and those who are her caregivers of family and sitters and for healing according to the will of God.