Farewell & Welcome
John Doyle has been the VLOA Chaplain for more than 15 years now, and notified the VLOA leadership of his need to step aside and make room for someone else to fill this position.  We owe John a great deal of thanks for jumping in to help form the VLOA by first searching for former Outlaws, Mavericks, Roadrunners, and affiliated unit members.  Then, he was instrumental in getting the organization off the ground and volunteered to be the Chaplain and bring his more than 20 years as a Baptist minister to the VLOA.  Now that he is stepping aside, Paul L. Martin (the Arkansas Paul) has agreed to be our VLOA Chaplain.  Welcome aboard, Paul.  We are grateful for your taking on this very important VLOA role.  We look forward to seeing you at our biennial reunions and to your "Back Pew" devotionals in each of our quarterly Outlaw Newsletters. 

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.

I have been asked to initiate prayer requests using email from time to time. I thought it might be more effective to post prayer requests here on our web site. So if you know of a family or one of our own in need of our spiritual support, send a simple email request describing the need and the person or family in need, to me at the address below.

If you want to talk, call:  870-352-2446

Send Prayer Requests and other communications to:  plm2010@windstream.net

God Bless
Rev. Paul L. Martin



Outlaws Devotional - July 2017


Christian Words                                

Ephesians 4:29.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.


            When I entered the U.S. Army in 1960, I quickly learned that getting straight to the point was the norm.  Commanders were “old school;” give orders and demand soldiers execute them.  In later years, younger military personnel were a “different breed of cat” and required more explanation before the order.

As a young commander, I wasn’t attuned to the fact that the “explanation” I gave might be perceived as blunt, harsh, or critical.  My orders were more often than not very straight-forward, even though they contained some explanation.  My Father-in-Law made a statement one time when we were hunting on his Florida farm that really hit home with me.  He said: “Words are like a bullet shot from a pistol; once you pull the trigger, you can’t take back the bullet.”  As my names imply, I have always been earnest and frank!  My Father-in-Law’s words stuck with me as I grew older.

Some years ago, I forwarded an email I received criticizing a politician I didn’t support, only to get a return email from an Army buddy.  “Good Christians don’t criticize others” he said in his lengthy response, but then he criticized me for criticizing others.  I did a great deal of thinking about what he said.

Have you experienced someone that criticizes or disparages someone else in the written or spoken word, seriously or jokingly, knowingly or unknowingly?  Just about everywhere we look in today’s society, there is an abundance of hate, offensive statements, Tweets, Facebook posts, TV reports, and newspaper articles that have clearly moved away from being Christ oriented in our words and deeds.  This is the right time for all of us to take a step back and really see how our words and deeds are received by others.  Maybe we should apply Ephesians 4:29 during this period where our country is trying to find who it is and what it stands for again as a world leader.  Just maybe, some things might work better in our personal lives, our church, our community, and our nation.


My Prayer:  May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer.  Amen.

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 11/11/2017) 

 Robert "Gage" Guthrie

  Robert Charles Guthrie, 71, a ten-year resident of Lake City, was called home to his Heavenly Father on Monday, October 30, 2017 with his wife was at his side. He was born on April 25, 1946 in Jacksonville, FL. He then lived 60 years in the Florida Keys. He enlisted in the United States Army, serving mostly as a door-gunner in helicopters in Vietnam. He was wounded under enemy fire and returned to the states where he served out the rest of his enlistment. He was awarded a Purple Heart, other medals and commendations, and was honorably discharged in October 1968. In later years, he was awarded a service connected disability compensation. He and his dad had a construction business and then they started a commercial fishing business in the FL Keys.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Ralph Guthrie and Kathleen (Porter) Guthrie; his brother: Richard Guthrie all of Big Pine Key, FL
Robert is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marion (Thibeault) Guthrie, Lake City; one daughter, Wendy Peteck of Little Torch Key, FL; two step-sons: Williams Thibeault of Milton, NH, Jonathan Thibeault of Nottingham, NH; one step-daughter: Camella (Thibeault) Granara of Gulf Port, FL. Three grandchildren: Alicia Peteck of Portland, OR, Thomas Peteck of Menton, AL, and Spencer Peteck of Little Torch Key, FL. Seven step-grandchildren: William Thibeault, Jr., Brian Thibeault, Andrew Wiggen, Sonya Blancato (Cory), Christyanna Umenhofer (Mike), all of NH; Shannon Waugh (Matthew) all of IL; Katrina Manolouis of MA and four step-great grandchildren. There are not any local services. In the early spring family will have a private ceremony near Big Pine Key, FL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Serenity Place/Hospice unit or to the volunteer services of the Lake City VA Medical Center.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Neptune Society in Palm Harbor, FL.