Viola Gay

Graveside service was held 11 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Round Grove Cemetery.  Open visitation was from 10 to 4 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2020 at Heavenly Gates.

VIOLA GAY, 94 peacefully departed from this physical life to eternity on May 18, 2020 with her family by her side at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.

Her journey began on June 9, 1925 in Hall Summit, LA to Vince and Clara Taylor.

She was a loving and devoted mother and wife. Viola was a woman of wisdom and all who knew her, loved her. She imparted an abundance of love in her family, church and the community. She had a strong faith background and loved the things of God. The life she led has spoken in volumes.

Viola is preceded in death by her parents Vince and Clara Taylor, her husband Sydney Davis Gay, Son Nathaniel Gay, daughter-in Law Eva May Gay, siblings Bernice Sweeney, Alberta Taylor, Mary Lawhorn, and granddaughter Latasha Gray Lewis.

She is survived by children Dolly Calhoun (Kenneth Lee Calhoun) of Coushatta, LA, Clarence Gay, Shreveport, LA, Johnny Davis Gay (Shelia Gay) Clarksville, TN, Leroy Gay (Jean Gay), Clyde Gay Sr. (Annette Gay) Coushatta, LA, and daughter-in-law Ann Gay of Peoke, Fl, a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins who love and hold on to her memories. 

Annie L. Boner


Mrs. Annie L. Bonner transitioned on May 25, 2016.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1:00 PM, at Deliverance Temple Church of God In Christ.  

Interment will follow in St Mark Church Cemetery in Allen, LA.

The Family will receive friends between the hours of 12:00 Noon & 1:00 PM prior to the service on Saturday morning at the Church.

Arrangements by Heavenly Gates Funeral Home

New Principal at Red River Elementary

The new Principal for the elementary school was introduced to the Red River Parish School Board on Thursday.  He is Mike Beck from Choudrant.

Superintendent Alison Hughes introduced Beck.  She said, “He was at an ‘F’ school in a prior assignment and he raised it up to an ‘A.’  He can walk into the elementary school without a large learning curve.”  Red River Elementary has shown progress on state tests in recent years, however it is still rated “D.”

Beck said, “I am super excited with the challenge at Red River Elementary.  I have been meeting the staff and getting to know them.  I am thankful for the support the board and school administration has given me.  You’ve been great.”

Beck told The Journal he has been with a statewide educational consulting firm for the past two years.  Before that he was with the school at Jonesboro-Hodge in Jackson parish.

Also during the school board meeting Thursday, Superintendent Hughes discussed with the board various plans they are formulating for educating students next school year.  The Journal will have an in-depth look at those plans in next Wednesday’s edition.

COVID-19 Claims Seventh Victim in Red River

The number of people who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus has climbed to seven in Red River Parish.  Latest figures from the Louisiana Department of Health show 49 cases have been reported.

In Louisiana, 13 cases and one death of a young person have been reported due to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).  This is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. The cause of MIS-C is unknown but many children with this condition had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been exposed to someone with COVID-19. To respect the privacy of the young person and their family, the Department of Health will not share additional information about the death at this time. 

The CDC defines a case as MIS-C when:

  • The patient is under the age of 21, with a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation, and severe illness involving more than two organs that requires hospitalization; AND
  • No other plausible diagnoses; AND
  • Positive COVID-19 test, or exposure to a confirmed case, within the four weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.

Among the 13 cases in Louisiana:

  • The age range is 0-19 years old.
  • The median age is 11 years old.
  • 6 of the patients are female and 7 are male.
  • 4 are currently hospitalized and 8 have been discharged.
  • In terms of race, 7 are African American, 3 are white and 3 fit in the other category.
  • In terms of ethnicity, 2 are Hispanic and 11 are non-Hispanic.

The Louisiana Department of Health will update information on MIS-C each Monday on its coronavirus webpage.  Providers who have cared for or who are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should immediately report these cases to the Louisiana Office of Public Health Infectious Disease Epidemiology team.

Many of the deaths in Louisiana due to COVID-19 occurred in nursing homes.  Green Meadow Haven in Coushatta has not recorded one case of the virus in residents or employees.  This was reported in the May 25th status report on nursing homes and adult care facilities in the state.  Green Meadow Haven adopted a policy of no severely limiting family or other visitors since the outbreak began.

Union Hall Updates Worship Plans

Guidelines for Worship from Bro Jeff Shows at Union Hall Baptist Church:

Well, if all goes as planned, we plan to be back in Church, May 31st at 11:00 am. Sunday School is suspended until further notice. As you all know, things will be different in a number of ways:

   1. Social Distancing will be Practiced: Every other pew will be empty and seating areas will be marked at a 6 ft safe distance with ribbons. Only ones allowed to sit together less than at a 6 ft distance are those of the same Household.

   2.  Wear your best ‘Sunday-go-to-meeting’ face mask!  If you don’t have a face mask, one will be provided in foyer. Hand sanitizer will also be available.

   3.The restrooms in the front will be open for use, disinfectant will be supplied for before and after use. Antibacterial soap will be provided for hand washing. Please use all Precautions.  

   4. We will not use bulletins, or hymnals. Congregational hymns will not be sung, but instrumental and other special music will be provided.

   5. Sorry to say, but, there will be no Fellowship time, even as you arrive or leave. 6 ft applies even for standing around inside or outside. That means no hugs, or handshakes. 

   6  Offering plates will not be passed, but offering will be received in the red bucket in the foyer as you come in or as you go out. 

   7. We are not trying to keep anyone from coming to Worship with us, however, We are told to remind you that if you have, or have had a fever in the past twenty-four hours, have a cough, or live with someone who has experienced either, please stay home and take care of yourself. The same applies if you have a compromised immune system, or fit into an ‘at-risk’ group.

I truly hope these guidelines do not put a damper on our worship, and I certainly hope they don’t last too long.  Just remember, we are responsible for one another, and are called to care for one another. That is why we are taking precautions, Our Goal is to keep everyone safe and to do Our part to help prevent the Spread.
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Also this past week, Union Hall announced the delay of their annual homecoming celebration.  Shows posted:
If all goes as planned, Homecoming for Union Hall Baptist Church will be postponed until September 6, 2020 at 11:00 am with Bro. Chase Burns bringing the message and Fellowship Meal to follow in Fellowship Hall. Use this post as an Invitation and we hope to see you there.

Red River Preschool Registration Opens

Registration for 3 & 4 year old preschool will open June 1st. Applications may be picked up from Red River Elementary School or the Parent Center June 1-4 and June 8-11.  Forms and documentation may be returned to RRES or Parent Center during those dates.  A curbside enrollment/drop-off will be held June 11 at RRES. 

Please include a copy of the following when returning the forms:

Birth Certificate 

Social Security Card

Up to Date Immunization Record for School

Proof of Residence (bill with your name & physical address)

Photo Identification 

Proof of Income for 2 consecutive pay periods for all adults in the household

If your child attended RRES Head Start during 2019-20, Birth Certificate and Social Security Card are on file. New enrollment forms are needed along with the other items listed above.

If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment please call Mrs. Clark or Mrs. Suggs at RRES 932-9290. Registration does not guarantee enrollment in a preschool class. All information and forms must be provided before a child is considered registered.

We look forward to having you become part of the Bulldog Family.

Local Healthcare Heroes Get a Lott

Launching Cares A Lott initiative, Lott Oil partners with 13 regional hospitals and testing sites to provide gasoline and Chevron fuel gift cards to healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic. Sites in Coushatta were included in the first phase of the program.

Since its founding in 1965, Lott Oil Company, Inc., has been dedicated to giving back to the Louisiana community, home to its corporate headquarters in Natchitoches, LA. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company was inspired by the “Feeding Our Heroes” initiative, driven by community volunteers in Natchitoches, to support medical personnel who are helping family members, friends, co-workers and customers on a daily basis. This inspiration helped launch the Cares A Lott initiative which led to Lott Oil partnering with hospitals and testing centers in various communities across Louisiana. 

The current Cares A Lott mission centers around providing essential goods to local healthcare heroes who are ensuring local communities are cared for during these tough times. By providing goods like gasoline and fuel gift cards, co-sponsored by Chevron, Lott Oil hopes to provide a stress reliever to the doctors, nurses and hospital workers who are caring for COVID-19 patients. “Lott Oil relies on and appreciates the support we get from our local communities, and anytime we get the opportunity to return the favor, we try to do just that. We thank our healthcare heroes for keeping us safe during these trying times and are grateful to Chevron for helping us with our most recent Cares A Lott initiative,” said Lott Oil owner, Buddy Lott.

The first events under the Cares A Lott initiative launched in April at 13 hospitals and testing centers in various cities throughout Louisiana, including Alexandria, Natchitoches, Shreveport and Coushatta and thus far have resulted in over 22,000 gallons of gasoline and $7,500 of Chevron fuel gift cards donated to healthcare heroes.

“We have experienced many wonderful expressions of support from community organizations during this pandemic, and Lott Oil‘s offer of a free tank of gas for employees was among the most popular,” said Jaf Fielder, Chief Operating Officer of Willis-Knighton Shreveport-Bossier. “The Cares A Lott initiative recognized the work of the entire Willis-Knighton family of employees who are dedicated to providing quality healthcare for our community, and coming during National Hospital Week made it even more special. We appreciate Lott Oil and everyone who came out to make this special for our employees.”

Kindergarten Graduation

The young ones at Riverdale Academy this week celebrated the completion of Kindergarten.

On Wednesday, the school posted, “Congratulations little ladies!”

We were so excited to celebrate our Kindergarten Class of 2020 tonight (Wednesday) with their families and close friends. Mrs. Keri and her class did a great job on their program.

Riverdale Class of 2020 graduated Thursday night.  The Journal will have full coverage of the event in our next edition.

Road Repairs Interrupt Traffic Flow

There are detour signs at the foot of the Red River bridge and at the South Y directing motorists to take Cutoff Road instead of East Carroll St.  The reason is a road repair project.

From First Methodist Church to the bridge is blocked totally.  Crews are resurfacing the street where it had damage caused by all the trucks that move through town.

Make arrangements to take another route if you regularly go through town on US 84 or East Carroll Street.