Joseph Wayne Williams

Funeral services for Joseph Wayne Williams, 57, of Fairview Alpha, LA will be held at 11 A.M. Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church with Bro. Olan McLaren officiating.  Interment will follow in Davis Springs Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church.  Funeral services under the direction of Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, Coushatta, LA.

Mr. Williams was born August 14, 1963 in Shreveport, LA and passed away November 29, 2020.  Wayne was a hard worker and was always helping others.  He loved to fish and camp at the lake with his grandkids and also loved to cook.  Wayne was a friend to all and will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Amandred “Ponti” Williams; mother, Francis Hawkins; two brothers, Johnnie Williams and Robert Williams; three sisters, Kay Monroe, Gail Mann, and Dale Dillard; and father-in-law, Roy “Pistol” Carney.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Vickie Williams of Fairview Alpha, LA; one son, James Caskey and wife, Nicki of Fairview Alpha, LA; one daughter, JoLynn Harper and husband, Robert of Fairview Alpha, LA; one brother, Floyd Williams and wife, Virginia of Coushatta, LA; five grandchildren, Gage Harper, Malea Edwards, Kacie Harper, Colton Caskey, and Drake Harper; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mike Friday, Thomas Ledet, William Brown, Timmy Hinds, George “Cogger” Carney, and Randy Walker.  Honorary pallbearers will be Wilburn Layfield, Johnnie Giddings, and Larry Raley.

Gladys “Happy” Friday

Funeral services for Gladys “Happy” Friday, 64, of Creston, LA will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lyndle Stewart officiating.  Interment will follow in Campti Baptist Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:30 P.M. until 8 P.M. Monday, November 30, 2020 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Friday was born March 5, 1956 and passed away November 28, 2020.  Gladys, better known has “Happy”, had a favorite pastime of bowling.  She also loved dancing.  It didn’t even matter if there was any music.  She was a great cook and always made sure no one left the table hungry.

“Happy” was a community mom who was always willing to take another child into her home.  She loved without judgment.  She would greet you with the sweetest smile and the biggest hug.  Her presence lit up the room and she always left you smiling.

She never forgot a birthday and made everyone feel special.  Her most precious moments were spent with family and friends.  She definitely lived up to the name her Daddy had given her, “Happy.” She was truly the light in everyone’s darkness.  She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers; and one sister.

“Happy” is survived by her husband of 44 years, Glenn Friday of Creston, LA; three children, Misty Lynn Friday of Creston, LA, William “Bubba” Friday, Jr. of Bossier City, LA, and Stephanie Rose Friday Doty and husband, Tommy of Benton, LA; one brother, Billy Ray Treadway of Jonesboro, LA; one sister, Carol Holland of Many, LA; four grandchildren, Kelsi Friday, Treven Payne, James Friday, and Karlee Doty; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Casey Ebert, Mark Treadway, Rodney Treadway, Shelby Holland, Treven Payne, Jamie Wallingsford, and Shannon Dubois.  Honorary pallbearer will be Lil’ Joe Treadway.

Charley M. Cox

Graveside services for Charley M. Cox, 88, of Coushatta, LA were held at 1 P.M. Friday, November 27, 2020 at Bethany Cemetery with Bro. Olan McLaren officiating.  Services under the direction of Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, Coushatta, LA.

Charley was born July 29, 1932 in Coushatta, LA and passed away November 24, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lem and Margie Cox; four brothers, Lane Cox, Jessie Cox, Thomas Cox, and Fred Cox; wives, Jewel Cox and Doris Pauline “Polly” Adkins; and a step-daughter, Leola Hugg.

Charley is survived by one son, Billy; daughter, Lucille; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Cox of Beaumont, TX; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Eddie Cox, Josh Cox, John Cox, Brian Yount, Steven Norris, Eddie Bradley, and Howard Brown.

Bulldogs Defeat Gators To Advance In Playoffs

Under the lights and a light mist the Red River Bulldogs claimed victory in their first playoff game of the season.  The Dogs are seeded #8 and the handily defeated Lakeview’s Gators 41-6.

On Friday night, the Bulldogs will host #9 Amite at Strother Stadium.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday at the High School.  Tickets are $15.00 each.  Pre-Sale tickets will be sold on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 am till 1:00 pm. 

To purchase tickets pull around to the bus awning behind the main building.  Stay in your vehicle.   You must have cash or money order. There will be no refunds and all sales are final.

Under Phase Two, the stadium is limited to 25% capacity.  That translates to only 400 tickets available for Red River fans.   There will be no tickets sold at the game.

Fans unable to get tickets may watch the live video stream of the game by Journal Sports.  The broadcast will begin about 6:45.  The game will be carried on You Tube on the Red River Parish Journal’s channel.  Text messages will be sent out to subscribers shortly before kickoff reminding everyone where to watch the game.

Check the bracket below.  A win Friday by the Bulldogs sets up a confrontation with rival Many on December 11th.  And the game would probably be played in Many.  The Tigers  have a bye this week. 

Dubberly Man Arrested on Juvenile Charges

The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested John D. Dixon, III of Dubberly on charges involving improper behavior with juveniles.  Dixon is held on $60,000 bond.

Dixon was arrested by deputies on November 23rd and booked into the parish jail.  The weekly arrest report listed those charges as computer-aided solicitation of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, and two counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Red River High Welcomes Students Back

Students return to class at Red River High on Monday.  Some will be in-person and others will be getting instructions virtually.  The school posted this weekend that they are welcoming you back.

We hope you have enjoyed these 2 weeks off as much as we have.  We also hope you had a great Thanksgiving and you stayed safe during this time.  Monday, Nov. 30th we will be back at school.  

Remember we are currently teaching all 9th and 10th grade core classes face to face and all electives are through Google Classroom.  All other in person learning is through Google Classroom and Edgenuity.  

If you are a virtual student make sure you continue your work daily and if you have any questions please call the school.  Let’s work hard these next 3 weeks before Christmas Break.  We look forward to seeing you all Monday.

Christmas Holiday Giveaway

The Red River Parish Journal is spreading around season’s greetings to our readers.  A total of $100 will be awarded each publication date beginning Friday December 4th and running through New Year’s Day.  That is $100 every Wednesday plus another $100 every Friday.

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The Journal will announce a new winner selected every Wednesday and Friday morning through January 1, 2021.  Our first winner will be announced Friday, December 4th, so enter today. 

The fine print:  Each entry becomes the property of Red River Parish Journal. By submitting an entry, the contestant grants The Journal the right to use their name and photo for publicity purposes.  Each prize shall consist of a $50 gift card to Rivertown Market plus a $50 gift card to the York Chop.  Everyone entering the Christmas Holiday Giveaway will be awarded a complimentary subscription to The Journal’s email delivery.  And every entry will also be awarded a complimentary subscription to The Journal’s Text Message alerts for local sporting event broadcasts.  There is no charge and you may discontinue any time after receiving the first email and text.

Back to Phase Two

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the aggressive third surge of COVID-19 across all regions of Louisiana has made it necessary to impose tighter mitigation measures and step back to Phase 2 in order to protect public health. The Governor’s updated Phase 2 proclamation, which is slightly modified from the summer, takes effect on Wednesday, November 25. It calls for reducing occupancy at some businesses, decreasing gathering sizes, limiting indoor consumption at many bars and urges everyone in Louisiana to avoid gatherings with people outside of their everyday households.

Cases are increasing, hospitalizations have climbed back up to more than 1,000, the highest level since August, and to date, the virus has claimed the lives of more than 6,300 Louisianans. According to the latest report by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Louisiana had 474 new cases per 100,000 people last week, which is higher than the national average for states, which is 356 per 100,000 people.

Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since mid-July, will continue. In addition, Gov. Edwards encourages any business that can allow its employees to work remotely to do so. He has directed all state agencies to do the same.

“There is not a single region of our state that is not seeing increases in new cases, hospitalizations and growing positivity of COVID tests, and I am incredibly concerned by Louisiana’s trajectory and our ability to continue to deliver health care to our people if our hospitals are overrun with sick patients,” Gov. Edwards said. “The data clearly tells us that we have lost all of the gains we had made and that our current mitigation efforts must be increased in order to adequately slow the spread. Now is the time to make changes, and stepping back to guidelines that closely resemble our Phase 2 restrictions is a tough but necessary step to take in order to protect the public.

“It is absolutely vital that Louisianans take this third surge of COVID seriously. While there is hopeful news about the development of an effective vaccine, the reality is that we are several months away from being able to widely vaccinate the general population in our state. This virus is with us and we must continue all of the mitigation measures including wearing a mask and social distancing in order to stay safe. All of us working together can slow the spread of COVID and flatten the curve – indeed, we already have twice. We now have more than 1,000 patients in the hospital with COVID, wiping out months of progress and leaving our hospitals in a perilous place.”


Gov. Edwards’ updated order will go into effect on Wednesday, November 25 and will run for four weeks. The Governor intends to keep these restrictions in place at least through the end of the year.

Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate remains in place. Major changes to Louisiana’s COVID-19 restrictions include the below:

  • All Louisianans are encouraged to avoid gatherings of individuals not part of their households.
  • All businesses, private and public sectors, are encouraged to use remote work where they can.
  • All restaurants are limited to 50% of their indoor capacity. Restaurants should move as much dining outdoors as they can. Social distancing is required.
  • For bars in parishes above 5% positivity, bars are closed to indoor sales and consumption but open for outdoor consumption at tables only and at 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people. Social distancing is required. Take-out and delivery will still be available.
  • Retail businesses at 50% capacity, except for essential businesses, as defined by federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
  • Gyms may be open at 50% of their capacity.
  • Places of worship will remain at a maximum of 75% of their capacity or the number of people who can physically distance with at least six feet between each immediate household. The State Fire Marshal will put out additional COVID mitigation measures to make services safer.
  • Barber and beauty shops, and nail salons may open at 50% of their capacity.
  • Movie theaters may open at 50% of their capacity.
  • Indoor gatherings at event/receptions centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 75 individuals.
  • Outdoor gatherings at event/reception centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 150 individuals when strict physical distancing is not possible.
  • All sporting events will be capped at 25% capacity.

Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate is still in place. For complete guidance on the new Phase 2, visit the Open Safely portal at

Cinderella Season Gives Riverdale Academy State Runner Up Trophy

By Molly Seales with photos by Ryan Prosperie

Over the past few years, the Riverdale Rebels have faced much adversity when it comes to football. Despite many head coach changes and not very many constants in their football seasons, the boys kept playing their hardest and never game up, eventually making it to the playoffs last year and the state championship game this year.

One of the only constants these boys have had over the years, Mr. Winn Almond, a 1990 Riverdale graduate and father of senior Witt Almond, told me, “I have been involved with many of these young men since pee wee football. I have watched them mature over these years, and I could not be prouder of them and the effort they put forth this year.  The love this team had for one another and the unity displayed really humbled me and brought RA much success.  These guys fought for each other and for Riverdale, and I am grateful for that effort.  We are fortunate to have Coach Smelser and Coach Spillum coming back next year to make another run.  We have many returning starters, and these coaches are some good folks.  I also feel that RA is as unified as a school family as we have been in a long time.  Our staff is top notch, and I pray that bodes well for the future.  I thank God for all the success this year! Also, thanks to all who worked, cooked, or provided for this team.  You all made it a season to remember!”

Before the start of football this year nobody knew what this year was going to end up looking like, not knowing who their coach was going to be or how the Coronavirus was going to affect their season. Soon there was talk of Coach Jared Smelser, who is loved by all the players, students, and fans of Riverdale, coming back as head coach of the football team.  With this news, things started to look better for the Rebels, as they knew that someone was coming back who understood what it meant to be a Riverdale Rebel.  Still, with last years seniors Dayton Brown, Adam Bryant, Tylar Bare, Jackson Riggs, and Justin Oliver gone, we didn’t know how the season was going to go since they all played big leadership roles and made up a big part of the team.  Then last summer we got word that Ty Jones and brothers Paul and Jake Messenger were coming back to Riverdale from St. Mary’s. With them back and talking their cousin Parker Almond into playing, things were looking up for the Rebels 2020 football season. 

The Rebels started practicing hard all summer and put in many after school hours to becomes successful. Though they faced more adversity this year, having to play many scheduled home games in Mississippi, they still never gave up.  

About halfway through the season, Coach Jensen Spillum joined the coaching staff and began his journey as a Rebel.  This team continued fighting and with the help of their coaches, fans, and cheerleaders they eventually led themselves to play in the 2A MAIS state championship game.

This years’ seniors Witt Almond, Parker Almond, Brennan Edie, and Paul Messenger stepped up to take on the leadership roles of the team.  They showed us what it means to be a leader, not only on the field while playing. but also off of it whenever they thought nobody was watching. 

I asked all of the senior boys their thoughts on their final season in a Riverdale football uniform. Witt Almond said, “It was without a doubt the most fun I’ve ever had playing football.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Parker Almond responded, “This year has been a football year that I will remember for the rest of my life.  The memories that I have made with my teammates and coaches will always be dear to me.  I have had so much fun this year playing football.  I would like to thank all the fans, my teammates, and my coaches for a great season.”

Brennan Edie said, “Overall I got the best senior season I could ask for.  We made it as far as we possibly could, and we put our best foot forward.  With coach Jared coming back and having Paul, Jake, Ty, and Parker, along with coach Jensen, we made the best of our season.  It felt like our team was complete, and we were as close as a team could be.  I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to be around and play with.  They were more than just teammates and coaches to me.  They were family.”

Senior Paul Messenger said, “Coming back to Riverdale I was excited and nervous, but as soon as I got here everyone accepted me with open arms.  I am truly blessed to be in the position I’m in; I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”  He went on to say, “My thoughts on the season met my expectations. All I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a kid was to play for a state championship.  I just want to thank everyone for helping me and my family with the transition of moving schools and also thanks to all of the great fans, coaches, and teammates.”

All year the Riverdale fans, and cheerleaders showed up and showed out for this team. The cheerleaders always cheered their hearts out, and the fans (especially a select few) always loved singing the fight song even if it was for one last time of the season at the buzzer in the championship game.

In the loss to Manchester, Parker Almond had 1 touchdown, Ty Jones had 1 touchdown, and Jake Messenger had 2 touchdowns.  Even though the Rebels fell short on the scoreboard in the championship game with a final score of 58 to 26, they are still champions in their Riverdale family’s heart.

This team showed up at every game and played their hearts out every second until the clock ran out, showing everyone what it meant to have the heart of a champion and be a true Riverdale Rebel, making their Riverdale family proud. “Rebels on 3; family on 6,” is what is said at the end of every football game huddle. Thursday night after the championship game, junior Denver Williams said, “One last time.” The Rebels were heard loud and proud, as they said their final, “Rebels on 3; family on 6,” of the year. With a team loaded with talented underclassmen, look for the Rebels back in the championship game in the very near future. We are more than just a school-we are family. Once a Rebel always a Rebel!