Eva Pate Scogin

Funeral services for Eva Pate Scogin, 80, of Social Springs Community, LA will be held at 2 P.M. Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Nathan Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Social Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 P.M. until service time on Sunday.

Eva Pate Scogin was born November 30, 1938. In the early morning hours of November 28, 2019 she climbed the stairway to heaven. She was greeted by her parents Claude Nelson and Eloyce Davis Pate, her husband “Richard” of 51 years, infant son, and brother Lewis Pate.

In 1953, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, she married Harold Richard Scogin. She was a loving wife and homemaker and soon became known as a caregiver in the community. She never failed to help anyone who came or called. She received her nursing degree in 1979, the same year her son graduated high school. She began her nursing career at Hanna Clinic and Hospital, during this time she also serve as Deputy Coroner for Red River Parish and nurse at the parish jail. She also cared for the elderly at Ringgold Nurse Care Center and Green Meadow Haven Nursing Home with love and compassion always putting the needs of others first.

She is survived by her children Karen Womack and husband Greg of Womack, LA, son Travis Scogin of Coushatta, LA, and daughter Peggy Hayes and husband Thomas of Elm Grove, LA. Grandchildren include Rachel Scogin Hatcher and husband Daniel, Charles Womack II and wife Marsha, Kelli Womack Ramos and husband Martin, and Jessica Scogin Hatcher and husband Rusty. Also great grandchildren Nolan, Peyton, Connor Joe, Olivia, Cooper, and Hadley. She never failed to have a gleam in her eyes when she heard the call of “Granny” and she especially liked to hear “Great Granny”.

Serving as pallbearers are Greg Womack, Thomas Hayes, Charles Womack II, Daniel Hatcher, Rusty Hatcher and Paxton Mosley.

398 Years Ago

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day, an occasion established years ago by the early settlers of this land. The occasion was to give thanks to God for seeing them safely through the first trying days of life on the American shores.  How did you celebrate yesterday?  Did you remember to give thanks?

We have all heard the story, but it might be good to go over it again.  So The Journal did a search and came up with this from lessonplanet.com:

“The first Thanksgiving was held in early autumn of 1621 at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. The 53 colonists who had survived harsh conditions celebrated with what they called a harvest festival. Over 90 Indians were invited to join the feast of turkey, duck, fish, venison and cornbread.

“The feast lasted for several days, and the tradition was repeated at harvest time in the following years. The event was not originally called Thanksgiving because to the Pilgrims, thanksgiving was purely religious. The first recorded day of thanksgiving was held in 1623 in response to a much-needed rainfall. It was much later that the two events were combined to what is now known as Thanksgiving Day, which President Abraham Lincoln made an official holiday in 1863.

“The Plymouth colonists built successful relationships with the neighboring Indians who taught them farming techniques. This success was due in part to Squanto, a local Indian who had been kidnapped and taken to England a decade before. Squanto was able to act as an interpreter between the colonists and the local Indians.

“Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags, signed a treaty of alliance with the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims would provide assistance with defense against a neighboring tribe, and the Wampanoags would provide food and teach the Pilgrims how to farm. It was this successful partnership, along with the leadership of colony governor William Bradford, that led to the first harvest festival, or thanksgiving.”

Those colonists came to the New World aboard the Mayflower, which arrived in Plymouth harbor in 1620. The 400thanniversary of their arrival will be commemorated by the United States Postal Service with a stamp next fall.

So back to the original question, “How did you celebrate yesterday?”

Community Thanksgiving Service

Members of Coushatta area churches came together Tuesday evening to give thanks and worship.  The event was hosted by First United Methodist Church.  The speaker was Pastor Richard Logan of Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church. There was special music provided by the choirs from First Baptist Church and Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church.

Bro. Nathan Davis of First Baptist opened with prayer for unity.  Davis said, “We can’t have community without unity.  Being together.  I pray for unity in Jesus Christ.”

The sermon was presented by Bro. Logan.  He opened with, “Touch someone tonight.  Say to them God has a blessing for you tonight.”

Logan’s message was based upon Luke 17, the cleansing of the ten lepers.  Logan said, “Imagine being an outcast, unable to see friends and family, unable to be among people, because you have a disease with no cure, and it is contagious.”  Logan added, “He cured ten when they followed Jesus instructions to ‘go show yourselves to the priest.’  Then why did only one come back to thank and worship Jesus?”

Logan’s message was one of God being the same yesterday, today and forever.  He noted the healings performed by Jesus, the healings by the disciples, and then Logan asked, “Why don’t you thank Him, he’s cleansed you too!” Logan gave an opportunity for several people in attendance to come forward for healing.  And he closed with the proclamation, “He still heals!”

For the second year, the service was hosted by First Methodist Church.  Rev. Curtis Carroll proclaimed, “We are going to take an offering.  And this year the offering is going to go to the Red River Council on Aging, so be extra generous.”  Later Carroll told The Journal the 107 people in attendance were very generous, contributing over $700 to the Council on Aging.

Five or more area churches were represented at this year’s Community Thanksgiving Service.  Carroll said he hopes even more can take part next year.

“They Needed Pie!”

Residents of Green Meadow Haven were treated to fresh home baked pies with their afternoon coffee on Tuesday.  Ladies from two local churches pitched in to bring a thanksgiving treat to the residents.

The serving of sweet potato and pumpkin pies is an annual tradition.  It was begun by Sharon Adkins 9 or 10 years ago.  Asked why she did it, Adkins said, “They didn’t have homemade pie. It is a reminder of home and family. They deserve good homemade pies at Thanksgiving.”

Adkins called upon friends and members of Wesley Chapel and First Methodist churches.  They baked many pies.  As a special treat, Paige Bell made a huge container of fresh whipped cream.  No artificial whip this year.  The Journal was treated to a sample and it was beyond delicious.

Rev. Curtis Carroll reminded residents of the many things they have to be thankful for.  Carroll commented that, “We are thankful for you too!” He gave the invocation thanking God for the blessings He showers upon us every day.

Residents who were able to come to the dining hall again this year enjoyed homemade pies with homemade whipped cream with their coffee.  And Adkins and her helpers carried pie and coffee to many who had to stay in their rooms.  It was just in time for Thanksgiving.  Adkins said, “They needed pie!”

A Turkey Shoot

In the wild, turkeys usually don’t sit still for you to shoot them.  So this was an unorthodox style of Turkey Shoot conducted Wednesday afternoon at the nursing home.

The recreation staff of Green Meadow Haven decided to offer their residents a challenge to shoot a turkey. The event was held indoors, so they could not bring in live turkeys.  Instead boxes decorated as “lively turkeys” would suffice.  And since hunting rifles might leave holes in the ceiling, walls and doors, nerf bullets would have to do.

Now you have the scene.

Residents took turns on the “firing line” aiming their nerf guns at the “turkeys” and blasting away. And “fire when ready” was the cry of the afternoon.

It was hilarious.  And the residents had a great time just before Thanksgiving Day taking aim and firing at the turkeys!  Oh! No turkeys were harmed in the carrying out of this competition.

All Aboard!

Next week will be an exciting week in Red River parish.  There will be the Christmas parade.  There will be a huge fireworks show.  And everything begins with a visit from the Christmas Train.

Kansas City Southern’s Christmas Express will roll into Coushatta on Tuesday afternoon, December 3rd.  Children of all ages are invited to visit the train.  Spectators can tour several of the holiday cars and meet and greet jolly old St. Nick.

The Christmas Express makes several stops each year in cities served by Kansas City Southern. The train was created by KCS workers a number of years ago from surplus rail cars.  It is decorated in holiday colors.  There is even a car for Santa’s reindeer.

The train opens to the public at 4:00 pm on Tuesday.  Tours usually last a couple of hours.  This is a free event and the public from Red River and surrounding parishes is invited to visit.

Parade Goes Hollywood

The theme for the annual Christmas Parade put on by the Coushatta Red River Chamber of Commerce is “Silver Bells Meets Silver Screens.”  Floats entered in the parade will depict favorite holiday movies.

The chamber promises a number of floats sponsored by local churches, schools, merchants and individuals. Parade line-up is at 3:30 pm and the Parade rolls through the streets of Coushatta beginning at 4:30.  The parade will pass by the reviewing stand on Front Street.

Following the parade, the sky will light up.  A spectacular fireworks display will be presented beginning about 6:00 pm.  Get there early to get a great seat.

One Red River Student Makes TECH President’s List

Louisiana Tech University has announced the names of students on its Fall 2019 quarter president’s and dean’s honor lists.  One Red River parish student earned a spot on the President’s Honor List.

Alyssa Woodard of Coushatta earned recognition as a member of the President’s Honor List. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic grade point average on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher), with no grade lower than a B.

Courses yielding satisfactory/failure grades and courses audited do not count toward eligibility for either recognition. Only undergraduates with no incomplete grades are eligible to make either list.

4-H Cookie Contest

Members of local school 4-H clubs are invited to participate in holiday cookie baking contests.  They will be held at club meetings next week. 

The parish 4-H office posted that the Riverdale contest is Dec. 3rd and Red River Elementary is Dec.  4th.  Bring 1 dozen (12) cookies to your December club meeting.  

Young bakers are invited to use their imaginations.  Cookies must be your creations, but parental help is okay.  Please, NO store bought or slice-n-bake cookies.  Place in Ziploc bag or on a plate and cover with foil or plastic wrap.  And kids, be sure to attach your name.