Goldonna Village News January 24

If you were enjoying a casual dinner at Lakewood Inn this past Friday evening, you may have noticed a local celebrity who was being honored against his will. Scores of friends, family, School Board Members and coworkers gathered to celebrate the Birthday and School Board Retirement of Mr. Willis Eugean Garner. Mr. Garner is known for his quiet leadership, big heart and dedication to his the School Board District he faithfully served for with years. Even though he is always reluctant of receiving attention, he was very appreciative and pleasantly surprised at the outpouring of love and support.

Goldonna Elementary Junior High School has kicked off the New Year with many fun activities. Donuts with Dad will be happening on January 27th at 9:00am. Dust off your dancing shoes and tune up the piano! The school is planning its First Annual Talent Show. It will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023 at 6:00pm. If you have a special talent to showcase please reach out to Mrs. Carolyn Abels.

Goldonna Assembly of God will be hosting their first revival of 2023 beginning January 26th thru 29th at 6:00pm each evening. Brother Mathew Gro will the visiting minister during this time.

The Village of Goldonna recently laid to rest one of their most treasured members of the community. Mr. Doug Harris was a pillar in the town for many decades and loved by all who knew him. He was a past School Board Member for Natchitoches Parish Schools, a Goldonna Town Councilman, a Sunday School Superintendent and dedicated Deacon at Goldonna Baptist Church until his passing. He leaves behind a precious wife, children and grandchildren who honor his memory by counting his legacy of loving the people of Goldonna.

Local resident and Goldonna Baptist Church musician, Wesley Martin lost his family home to a fire this week. Residents have rallied in support of him and helped him replace his base guitar that he used in church services. Former resident, Jill Morgan Cox, assisted Martin with replacing his treasured instrument. Goldonna Baptist Church and River of Life Church are collecting household items to donate to Mr. Martin. There is also a love fund set up in the name of Johnny W. Martin at Sabine State Bank.

The Village of Goldonna is not short on outstanding people who love their community and dedicate their lives to the wellbeing of their neighbors. If you know of an exceptional resident who you would like to recognize in the Goldonna News, please email me at

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