Elmer Potts

Funeral services for Elmer Potts, 88, of Campti, LA will be held at 2:30 P.M. Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Sister Linda Chance officiating and Bro. Peanut Walsworth assisting. Interment will follow in Black Lake Full Gospel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M. Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the funeral home.

Mr. Potts was born November 16, 1931 in Bienville, LA and passed away January 17, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Potts; one son, Jimmy Lane Potts; four brothers, L.V. Potts, I.V. Potts, Thomas Potts, and Hester Potts; five sisters, Doshia Smith, Eva Rae Tilley, Eula Mae Tilley, Dorothy Nealy, and Inez Silvie.

Mr. Potts is survived by one son, Elmer Lee Potts and wife, Sandra; two daughters, Jean A. Sullivan and husband, Sherrill, and Sandy Walsworth and husband, Mark; two sisters, Helen Hughes and Annie Bell Desadier; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Henry “Junior” McCart.

Pallbearers will be Chris Sullivan, Tracy Sullivan, Branden Sullivan, Cody Sullivan, Wyatt Sullivan, Houston Pardee, Jackie Perot, and Danny Ray Morgan. Honorary pallbearer will be Henry “Junior” McCart.

Shirley Posey Fry

Coushatta, LA – A funeral service celebrating the life of Mrs. Shirley Fry, 83, will be held at First Baptist Church in Coushatta on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Dr. Nathan Davis of First Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Springville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday, January 18, at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Coushatta.

Mrs. Shirley was born on February 7, 1936 in Coushatta to Robert Edwin “Bobby” Posey and Elizabeth “Tap” Bogan Posey, and passed away January 16, 2020. She was a member of FBC and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and worked as a secretary for the Red River Mental Health Unit until her retirement. Mrs. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles D. Fry; her grandson, Peyton Bass; and her brother-in-law, Dewitt Booty.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Denny Bass and Daryl Bass; daughters, Joni Bass and Jenni Bass Walker (Robert); sister Louise Booty; brother Robert Aldine Posey, Jr. and wife Shirley; grandchildren Chad Shirley (Kellie), Breanne Dupree (Kevin), Jesseca Korn (Patrick), Ryan Tomerlin, Sydney Bass, Samantha Bass, Dawson Bass, Logan Bates, Carson Walker, and Avery Walker; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Honoring Mrs. Shirley as pallbearers will be Ryan Tomerlin, Dawson Bass, Paul Moseley, Larken Doughty, Luke Doughty, and Logan Bates. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be C.W Belcher.

The family would like to give a special thanks to her sitter, Hattie Henry; special friend, Darlene Gates; and her card playing group, Janie, Hazel, and Jo-Ann, for all their love and companionship.

New Life Begins

By Hayley Loe

Hall Summit has a new church in its small village.  The church, named New Life Church was opened by Mr. Collin Wimberly and his family.

Around 32 people attended the first service this past Sunday at the community center in Hall Summit. They hope they will be able to soon get a bigger building and bring more people in to its doors.

The church service starts at 10:30 every Sunday at the community center in Hall Summit.  All are welcome to come.

The first church service was  called “Welcome Home.”  The message was on the Luke 15: 11-24, the story of the prodigal son.

The music is was by Seth Wimberly and included Everlasting God, Mighty to Serve, Reckless Love, and ‘Tis so Sweet.

New Life Church invites you to come the for next Sunday’s service.  They meet in the Hall Summit Community Center near the walking track.

Scholarship Signing Wednesday

A college athletic scholarship signing is scheduled for Wednesday at Red River High School.  Senior Morgyn Payne will sign her scholarship at 11:30 am in the school Gym.  And you can watch the whole thing live on Facebook.

Morgyn Payne is a starter for the Lady Bulldogs.  She is wearing #4 in the team picture. The schools and terms of the signings will be made public on Wednesday.  Payne plays Point Guard for Red River and she is one of the team’s leading point scorers.

Coach Missy Antilley told The Journal other members of the team are being offered scholarships.  The paperwork on them is being processed. Antilley said signing ceremonies will be scheduled for the other players at that later date.

The signing ceremony will take place in the Red River Gym at 11:30 am Wednesday, January 22nd.  Journal Sports is making arrangements to stream it live on The Journal’s Facebook page.  Subscribers to The Journal’s text messages will receive an alert with a link to the event shortly before it is to begin.  Also you’ll see it if you follow RedRiverParishJournal on Facebook.

Local Teams Hit the Road

Both local schools are on the road tonight.  Riverdale Academy boys and girls are at Central School for games tonight (Jan 17th).  The girls game begins at 6:00 pm followed by the boys game.

Red River Girls currently are ranked #3 in class 2-A.  They are seeking to increase their power rating tonight (Jan 17th) when they travel south to Zachary, LA to play Zachary High School.  Zachary is ranked #4 in class 5-A.  A win could boost the Lady Dogs to first place in the power rankings.

The Lady Bulldog game will be broadcast live on Journal Sports.  Coverage begins a few minutes before the 6:00 pm tip-off.

Red River and Riverdale teams return home next Tuesday.  Red River hosts Winnfield and Riverdale hosts Tensas Academy.

School System Employees of the Month

The December and January Employees of the Month were presented to the Red River School Board last Monday.  The awards are made monthly by Taylor & Sons. 

Agency representative Jwilee Freeman presented plaques to the employees.  They are December Employee of the Month Kelli Moseley and January Employee of the Month Megan Inman.  Both work at Red River Elementary.

Kelli Moseley works in the Food Service Department at the elementary school.  Her nomination statement said, “She has served our parish for sixteen years.  She is dedicated to her job, always on time, and never complains.  She gets the job done!!”  Freeman added, “Thank you Ms. Moseley for your hard work and dedication.  You are much appreciated.”

Megan Inman is a 5th grade English Language Arts teacher at Red River Elementary and has been there for six years.  Her Principal, Shenell Deville said, “If we could clone her, we would.  When you visit Megan’s classroom you will see students engaged in meaningful discussions, students answering and asking high level questions, students writing quality texts and using various evidence to support it, and students respecting each other.”  Deville noted, “Her December LEAP interim test results reflected that 67% of her students are already performing at a proficient or above level in English.”

Kelli Moseley is pictured at the top of this article.  Megan Inman is at the bottom.

Red River’s New Fishing Team

This is fishing country.  Just about everyone likes to spend some time on the water.  So it is appropriate that Red River High School should offer fishing as a varsity sport.

This week the school’s 1st Fishing Team recieved their new jerseys, hoodies, hats, and face mask.  They have some of the best looking athletic gear on campus.  

The school posted, “We are excited to see them compete this year.  We would not have gotten this done without our sponsor Roger Longino.  Roger we thank you for your passion and help in getting this team started and you will be forever missed.”  

Lt. Longino passed away Nov. 24, 2019.  The school said, This season these boys are fishing for him.”
Pictured is the 2019-2020 Fishing Team.  Standing Left to Right: Jeremiah Roberson, Tyler Wood, Tyler Hughes, Ken Lazarus, and Lance Soles.  Kneeling: William Crane, Ethan Cole-Morgan, and Brett Danzy.

Old Pictures Bring Back the Past

The Cammie G. Henry Research Center at Northwestern State University will host an exhibition of photographs on loan from NSU alum Ed Chopin of Shreveport.  The collection is a glimpse of Shreveport from 1918 that shows the commercial and industrial side of the city more than a century ago.  The exhibit will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 and run through March. Attendance is free and open to the public.

“The series shows the ‘working side’ of 1918 Shreveport industry with interiors of businesses ranging from accounting offices to boiler rooms,” said NSU Assistant Archivist Sharon Wolff.  “The candid nature of the pictures makes them a unique and valuable window into everyday working life, both blue and white collar, in the early 20th century.”

Chopin, a retired educator and history buff, was helping friends pack to move out of state when he discovered a burlap-covered scrapbook from their attic that was about to be thrown away.  The scrapbook turned out to be a collection of photographs prepared by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce as a mechanism to promote the city by showing the working environment, along with information on the city’s population and infrastructure in hand calligraphy.

“I do not know who the photographer was, but he was extremely talented,” Chopin said. “The depth of field is phenomenal.  Some pictures were taken in offices and you can look through the windows and get an idea of which building the photo was taken from.”  Many details reveal themselves after a first glance at a picture, he said.

“You might see workers in an industrial environment, but you can also see tools, the lack of safety equipment, children and women working and black and whites working side by side.”

Chopin has always had an interest in history, photography and journalism.  His mother, Ann Chopin, worked for the Natchitoches Enterprise, the rival paper of the Natchitoches Times, and he worked there after school.  One memorable event they covered was the Tennessee Gas Pipeline explosion in Natchitoches in 1965 that killed 17 people.  The Chopins photographed the fireball that soared approximately 400 feet before the flow of gas was cut.   The Natchitoches Times later bought the Enterprise and his mother wrote feature stories for other publications.

Chopin earned a degree in industrial education with a minor in journalism at Northwestern State in 1971 and a master’s in industrial technology in 1978. He retired after teaching 46 years in public schools and at Bossier Parish Community College.

The photo collection has previously been exhibited at Centenary College and provides a glimpse at a time in history that would quickly change with industrialism. 

“The unique thing about the photos is that 99 percent are interior of people working.  Every photo is labeled by the photographer.  For instance, the labels in a wood manufacturing company indicate it was the millworks or the accounting office. A picture of the Southern Pacific Railroad shows the ticket office.  You can see dates on the calendars and read the clock as to what time of day and what month it was,” Chopin said. 

Meet the seniors Tuesday Night

The Winnfield High Tigers will be in Coushatta Monday night.  They play boys and girls games at the Dog Pound beginning at 6:00 pm.

Tuesday is “Meet the Seniors” night.  Currently the Lady Bulldogs are the number 3 ranked girls team in 2-A. The Bulldogs are the number 4 ranked boys team in 2-A.  Fans will also be treated to the new individual player posters.

Come out and support the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.  Senior night is Tuesday, January 21st.  Meet the seniors on the team.  The Bulldog seniors are Jaylen McDonald, Tyriq Beavers, T.J. Williams, and K.J. Bradley.  Seniors on the Lady Bulldogs are Morgyn Payne, Danielle Burton, Ma’kaila Lewis, and Equipment Manager Shronica Triggs.

ETC… for Friday, January 17th.

Want to work at summer camp?  Camp Grant Walker has openings for helpers at 4-H summer camps.  Contact Adam O’Malley at 318-765-7209 for more information and to apply.

The Kids Retreat at Clara Springs Camp has been rescheduled for January 31st and February 1st.  A schedule of events and registration information is on the camp’s Facebook page.

Saturday night is dance night at the Council on Aging on Front Street.  Dance from 7:00 until 10:00 pm to the music of the Playmates.  Admission is $6.00.

The School Board will meet earlier.  At the meeting Monday of the Red River Parish School Board, the board voted to move their meeting time for 2020.  The board will continue to meet on the second Monday of each month, however the meeting will begin at 4:30 pm.  The earlier time is to allow administrators to get home to their families earlier.

Bassist Yung-chiao Wei and pianist Chaoi Chou will perform at Northwestern State University on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.