Billy Wayne “Bubba” Eddy

Funeral services for Billy Wayne “Bubba” Eddy, 61, of Rambin, LA will be held at 2 P.M. Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Collin Wimberly officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 A.M. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Eddy was born November 26, 1958 in Bossier City, LA and passed away July 1, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda Faye Eddy; maternal grandparents, Fats and Zella Bryant; paternal grandparents, Willie and Gracie Eddy; father-in-law, Joe Moseley; aunts and uncles, Emmett and Grace Eddy, Jerry and Mary Jo Eddy, Raymond Eddy, Ronnie Eddy, and Leon and Laverne Eddy.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lisa Eddy of Rambin, LA; one son, Stephen Wayne Eddy and wife, Lindsey of Stonewall, LA; two daughters, Heather Jo Nettles and husband, Joshua of Ringgold, LA and Ashley Faye Eaves and husband, Trevor of Coushatta, LA; father, Gerald Eddy and wife, Sandra of Rambin, LA; two sisters, Debbie Kay Rains of Bossier City, LA and Carla Trader and husband, Paul of Pelican, LA; grandchildren: Lily and Corbin Wayne Eddy, Chandler, Kaden, Emily, Shea, Addi, Maddi, Kandyn and Maggie Nettles, Preston Blake, Porter Jace and Palmer Slade Eaves; aunts, Janice Eddy of Pittsburg, TX and Wanda Eddy of Coushatta, LA; mother-in-law, Gloria Jan Moseley Beard; brothers-in-law and wives: Stanley and Kelli Moseley, Paxton and Fonda Moseley, Mark and Wendy Moseley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Trevor Eaves, Joshua Nettles, Stanley Moseley, Paxton Moseley, Mark Moseley, Footsie Lafitte, Tyrone “Possum” Brisker, Jeremy Evans, Seth Lee, and Christian Hesser. Honorary pallbearers will be Chandler, Kaden, Shea, Kandyn, Preston, Porter, Palmer, Corbin, Paul Trader, and Bill Andries.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Riverdale Academy.

Day at the Beach

By Reba Phelps

The warm summer winds started to blow with a deeper purpose. The umbrellas were whipping around but they were too securely planted in the sand to blow away. The white-capped waves were growing larger as the sky was darkening. You could hear the unmistaken rumbles of thunder and even see beautiful lightning over the horizon. It was a beautiful scene but it also served as a warning that we would have to leave the beach soon. 

A storm was brewing. We were not overly concerned because they are almost a daily occurrence on the white sand beaches of Florida. We thought it may pass over, but no such luck. 

The bottom soon fell out and it left hundreds of beach-goers scrambling for shelter. Our family found a small place located under the rickety eaves of a beach snack shack. We were still slightly rained on but it offered enough protection. 

Just as we were settling in and waiting for the storm to pass I noticed a mother pushing a wheelchair through the sand while her arms were loaded with beach bags. As if that wasn’t hard enough she also had kids with her. I was becoming anxious for them not knowing where they would go. In our tiny shelter there was literally no room left, even with everyone huddled tightly together. 

I watched her huge smile as she struggled with the chair, the kids and the bags. It was a physical demand for her but you could tell she was full of joy and had done this a time or two. 

Being the polite person that I was, I relocated my party into the rain to let the family enjoy our shelter, what little there was. After a few minutes of shuffling it seemed as though the space expanded where we could all fit. We were shoulder to shoulder and still half drenched but we made it work. 

We gathered towels to cover our new friend’s husband in the chair and we began to get acquainted with each other. 

We became fast friends and had an immediate connection that could only be ordained from above. She was a local who was enjoying a day at the beach with her family and meeting church family later for a baptism in the Gulf. As many times as I have visited the beach I have never witnessed a baptism, weddings yes, but not a holy dunking. 

She shared their intense story about how her beloved husband became wheelchair bound. 

She went on to say that he had not always been in a chair and with God’s help he would not be there forever. My new friend was very candid about the fact that the accident was caused after a night of reckless partying. She was very aware that she could have lost her husband that night but God had other plans. 

Not once in our conversation did she talk about herself. I always put myself in someone’s situation and wonder how I would respond. This would more than likely be a permanent pity party situation for me. But, she just talked about how good God was to her family and has seen them through so much. She was excited about their future and knew they had an awesome testimony that would eventually help others one day. 

She also knew she was still living their testimony and God wasn’t done yet.

We became friends on Facebook before we parted ways as the storm began to pass. I have been able to follow her family’s journey and ministry. Her husband is no longer completely bound to his chair. He can walk with the assistance of a cane. Watching the video of him walking felt like I was watching one of my own family members. It was so special. 

There were so many lessons learned on this day. My new friend was living what most people would call a nightmare but she never complained and only spoke in a positive nature. Here was this lady with infectious joy that was so sincere. You would never know she was the main caregiver for a handicapped husband and young children. She was active in her church. She worked a full-time job too. Last, but not least, she was not a complainer and chose to find the positives in her storms. 

What started out as an unpredictable stormy and gloomy day at the beach ended with much light and families being baptized in Gulf at sunset. God will shelter you from the storms of life and if you keep your eyes and your heart open you may meet some really amazing people while you are being sheltered. 

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge, in the shadow your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.”

Psalm 57:1

Riverdale Has A New Football Coach

The only coach to lead Riverdale Academy to a perfect district season is returning.  Jared Smelser has been named Football Coach of the Rebels.  Smelser and wife Cymantha are pictured above.

Smelser said, “I’m honored to announce that I am once again a Riverdale Rebel. Thank you for the support. For two years I have called Coushatta home… my heart has never left this community and I’m excited to be back at Riverdale.”

The Journal caught up with Smelser on Wednesday.  He said he is back on the job, “I mowed the football field today!”  He is excited with the challenge to work with the kids at Riverdale.

“I have contacted Nathan Eddie and he will be the Defensive Coordinator,” said Smelser.  He is also looking for additional coaching help.

As for the team, Smelser is optimistic.  He said, “I’ll be contacting the kids to build a good connection.  Riverdale has a great group of guys who are seasoned from playing together.  They have the will to compete and a passion for the game.”

On Thursday, the school posted:  There will be a football meeting Tuesday, July 7 in the gym for boys entering 7th – 12th grade interested in playing JV or Varsity football. The meeting will be at 6:00 pm.  Let’s go Rebels! 

The season schedule has not been made official yet, however Coach Smelser told The Journal the first two games will be tough.  PVA and Briarfield both come to Riverdale in August.

New Honors System at Red River High

RRHS is proud to announce the new honor system at Red River High School. Because of the school closures back in March RRHS had to make changes to the old Val and Sal system and so we have changed it to a new Laude System that rewards students for all their hard work.

The Graduating Class of 2020 will be the first to receive these honors. This year the Laude system is broken up into 3 categories based on GPA and they are as follows: Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Honor/Distinction) 4.0 or higher, Magna Cum Laude (With Great Honor/Distinction), 3.7-3.99 and Cum Laude(With Honor/Distinction) 3.5-3.69.

The students listed below have received these honors and will be award these special honor cords you see below. Red River High is extremely proud of all the Class of 2020 but we also want to say congratulations to these students for all their hard work over the last 4 years.

Graduation is still set for July 24th at 7pm at the football stadium, more details about graduation will be released next week. 

Honorees this year are:

Summa Cum Laude
Mallory Coleman 
Key’aira Lewis 
Seth Wimberley 
Madison Castello

Magma Cum Laude
Landon Allen
Alexandria Brown 
Hailey Thompson 

Cum Laude 
Hannah Picket
Taylor Williams
Markell Washington 
Morgyn Payne
Aundrea Lawson 
Chrystal Jackson 
Schelby Narvaez

School Survey Sent to Parents


Please complete one survey per household for students who will enroll in Red River Parish Schools for August 2020- May 2021 school year. Completing this survey allows us to hear your voice.

Please note that the Red River Parish School Board has approved no plan for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year at this time. The questions in this survey are to gauge parent preferences for reopening schools.

Final Plans will be presented to the school board on July 13, 2020.  After that date parents can make final decisions. 

Please click on the following link to take the survey:

Thank you for responding and letting your voice be heard.

Assistant Principal Introduced

The Red River School Board got to meet one new member of the administration of Red River Elementary School during the June board meeting.  The new Assistant Principal is Lecurtria Clay.

New Elementary School Principal Michael Beck introduced Clay.  And he told the board that Megan Picou had also joined the staff as another Assistant Principal.  Beck had been introduced to the board as the new Principal at the May board meeting.

Beck said, “She comes with good credentials.  I have been working with her for a couple of weeks.  It is admirable to watch Ms. Clay with what she is doing.  We’re getting RRES back where we want it.”

“We’ve done a lot of work with teachers to keep them up with what we are doing, what is right for kids,” said Beck.  He added, “We are making sure teachers know what they are supposed to be doing and help them with doing that.”

One of the recent improvements is an Elementary School website, a page on the RR site.  That was developed by Megan Picou.  Beck said, “Now little Bulldogs can have pride in being a Red River Bulldog.  I am super excited that the staff is coming into place.”

Celebrating Number 244

The thirteen American colonies became fed up with living under British rule in the 1770s.  And on July 4, 1776 they declared themselves independent of King George III.

The Revolutionary War followed and the defeated British packed up and left for Europe.  Peace was short lived and the US and Great Britain went to war again in 1812.

July 4th or Independence Day celebrations started slowly and only became widespread after the conclusion of the War of 1812.  That was the second time the US had declared its sovereignty.

Fast forward to 2020.  Celebrations, fireworks, picnics, etc. are again scheduled.  How will you celebrate the fourth?

In this area many businesses will be closed.  Some will observe the day by closing today, July 3rd.  Bank of Coushatta and American Bank will be closed today.  Sabine State Bank is open.  The Council on Aging is also closed today in observance of Independence Day.

Cowboy Church is inviting everyone to join them for an Uncle Sam Jam and Picnic at 3:00 pm on July 4th.  They say to bring a picnic lunch or bring your grill and cook on the spot.

Grand Bayou Resort will be open.  The beach swimming area is closed to the public.

The Journal’s Fear Not will present a special Saturday edition at 8:00 am.  The topic will be God’s Plan for America and several pastors from the parish will discuss what is in our future.  The discussion will be led by Bro. Nathan Davis of First Baptist and Rev. Curtis Carroll of First Methodist and Wesley Chapel.

Please take some pictures of your family celebration and send them to The Journal.  We would love to see them.

COVID-19 Update – July 2nd

The increase in the number of COVI-19 cases has been slow in Red River Parish.  As of the daily update of statistics from the Louisiana Department of Health on Thursday, the number of confirmed cases in the parish is 62.

The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 8.

There have been 950 tests for the virus performed.

Mobile Testing comes to Red River next week.  Tests will be offered July 7th through 10th at the Coushatta Community Center (the old trade school facility) in the Industrial Park.  The Journal reported details of the testing on June 24th

The Red River Parish Police Jury agreed to the testing at the jury’s July 1st meeting.  Jurors had declined to approve the testing the month prior.  (See The Journal, June 5, 2020 Jury President Shawn Beard and several jurors were quick to emphasize that the proposal had not been approved in June due to a lack of information.

Beard said Wednesday, “I want to emphasize that the reason it was not passed at the last meeting was a lack of information.  We now know it is free to the public and there is no cost to the parish.  The right decision now is to let it be done if there are no strings attached.  Totally fine as long as it’s free.”

Podcast Highlights Local Athlete

The athletic prowess of a Coushatta student is the subject of a podcast produced by a Louisiana Sports Journalist.  The athlete is Tyler Hughes who just turned 14 and is this fall entering high school athletics.

Hughes’ father Timmy was interviewed this week by Lee Brecheen on his podcast Sports Scouting Report.  Brecheen was impressed by young Tyler Hughes’ performance at the Power Showcase Home Run Derby held last fall in Phoenix.  Read the full story here:

In the interview with Timmy Hughes, Brecheen asked about Tyler’s athletic future.  Hughes said, “Tyler puts in a lot of work.”  He mentioned his progress in both football and baseball as an eighth grader and now as he is moving into football.  Tyler Hughes will play both football and baseball for Red River High.

Hughes said, “He has been working out with Jeff Harper.  Tyler throws a 40-mph football for 60 to 63 yards.  That is quite an accomplishment for an eighth grader.”

Brecheen asked Hughes to speculate on what Tyler may have to choose from in four years, when he completes high school.  Hughes said, “He likes LSU.  He will be looking for his best opportunity to play.  He said he would like to play for a D-1 school and he likes the SEC.

This fall Tyler Hughes will represent Louisiana 14 year old players at the Power Showcase Home Run Derby November 5th through 9th.  It will be held at the new baseball park in Arlington, TX.

Brecheen asked how do the parents keep the distractions at bay?  Hughes said, “We keep it real.  God has blessed him but he has to continue to work, keep your drive.  I believe that he listens and he wants it.  We want him to enjoy it.  He has a gift.”