The Back Pew - Winter  2022 / 2023

Submitted: Ernie Isbell, VLOA Chaplin



Happy New Year!!!!

This part of Texas (Dallas area) underwent very cold and icy weather the week before Christmas. It seems that a great deal of the Nation experienced nasty weath- er as well. Heavy snow storms trapped many people in the Northeast in their homes without electricity and multiple deaths resulted. Since most of the Outlaws are in our senior years my prayers are for everyone to plan for severe weather and take pre- cautions as necessary. Better safe than sorry.

Christmas is a time for families to make memories and enjoy the season. The good part about grandchildren is that they grow up and make memories of their own

and you get the pleasure of watching it all happen. Linda and I have three grandchil- dren. One is a male age 35, who has never married. We have a set of 18-year-old twin granddaughters, both of whom are enrolled in college in the Oklahoma City

area. I’ll brag just a bit about these two very intelligent young ladies as both are pursuing degrees that will serve them very well.

I encourage everyone to continue to take precautions regarding exposure to Covid. Seem that the virus continues to mutate and I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and take the booster shots as they are available.

Plans are underway to determine where our next reunion will be located. Each of

you should have received emails asking for your input regarding the location. Please let the leadership know your views and plan on attending. Linda and I will be there– God Willing.

May the Lord Bless you and your family. Ernie Isbell


Vinh Long Outlaws





What can the Chaplain do for me?

My primary job as Chaplain of the V. L. O. A. is to conduct the Sunday morning worship service at our reunions. In addition, should you have the need to talk with someone who has "been there, done that," I am available to listen.




Outlaws Devotional - February 2021



Pain Is Not Forever


2 Timothy 2:3

Accept your share of suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.


About 11 years ago, I began having pain in my shoulders that grew progressively worse as the months past.  Along with the shoulder pain, pain began building in my hips and soon matched the level of shoulder pain.  Surely this was just the process of aging, and would soon subside and go away.  Over the counter medication helped marginally, but wasn’t enough to divert my mental concentration on the pain. Finally, the pain progressed to the point that it limited my ability to function well, especially in getting dressed and caring for myself. 


It became clear the pain was not going away by itself.  Over the next four months, I was evaluated by two general practioners, a neurologist, and an orthopedic surgeon, none of which could identify the source of the pain even after an MRI, two CT scans, two sonograms, and numerous blood tests, but all had their own solution to mollifying the pain.  Finally, my wife said that both of us had had enough of the pain, and found a rheumatologist who gave me an emergency appointment.  He reviewed all the medical information, and diagnosed the problem as polymyalgia rheumatica.  Prescribed medication relieved the cause of the pain in less than a month, but weaning me off the medication took another 11 months.


One night during the midst of my pain, I realized that my pain was insignificant compared to the pain and suffering Jesus Christ experienced during the 24 hours leading up to dying on the cross. We should never forget the earthly, physical pain Jesus felt in giving his life in atonement for our sins.

Submitted by Frank Estes



Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American G.I.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

      Source Unknown


Standing Prayer Request:

While most Prayer Requests will remain on the page for 30 days, here is a request that will remain as long as we have uniformed men and women stationed abroad. Please repeat this short prayer often and ask you friends and family to include it in their daily prayers:
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless
acts they perform for us in our time of need.
I ask this in the name of Jesus,
our Lord and Savior.   Amen.

Prayer Requests: (as of 01/26/2024)

Ivey Miller Obituary

BROOKLET, Ga. -- Mr. Ivey C. Miller Jr., age 72, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at his residence under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice.
Ivey was born on August 23, 1951, in the Stilson area. He graduated from Southeast Bulloch High School in 1969.
Soon after graduation, he joined the U.S. Army. He served his country in Vietnam from 1971 until 1972, where he was a helicopter crew chief with the 175th Assault Helicopter Company (Outlaws).
After returning from Vietnam, he served the rest of his Army career at Fort Carson in Colorado. After returning home, he served four years in the National Guard.
Following his military career, he was self-employed at Port City Machine Corp. as a co-owner for many years until his retirement in 2016.
Upon his retirement, Ivey enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, traveling, gardening and riding his motorcycle.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ivey Coleman Miller Sr. and Irene Morris Miller Sparks; two sisters, Inez Miller Conner and Peggy Massey McDonald; his daughter, Tina Miller Wilson; and one son, Steven O'Brien Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elaine Pollard Miller; two daughters, Angie (Billy) Mock and Susan Miller; three grandchildren, Crystal Mock, Chandler Mock, and Ashton Smith; and one great-grandchild, Whitley Rogers, all of which are from Brooklet; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, January 18, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral will be held in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson on Friday, January 19, at 1 p.m. with Chaplain Nick Spletstoser officiating and assisted by Tony Villarruel. George Wayne Pollard will officiate the graveside service. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Lower Lotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be George Wayne Pollard, Emory Pollard, Benny Pollard, Ben Pollard, George David Pollard and Danny Andrews.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.
The family would like to express special thanks to the nurses with Ogeechee Area Hospice, and a special caregiver, Skye Marsh, for their loving care given to Mr. Miller.
Friends may sign the online register book at
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.