Humanitarian banquet recognizes admirable citizens

From left are Kenny Cox, Teresa Vallien, award recipient Edward Ward and Tommy Roque.

The Citizen for Democratic Action (CDA) committee hosted a Humanitarian banquet Aug. 1 to recognize three admirable men of the community. Recipients include WWII veteran James Gay, former State Senator Don Kelly and Winnfield Funeral Home general manager and noted musician Edward Ward Jr.

Guest speakers included La. Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, Coushatta Mayor Johnny Cox, Herbert Batiste, Tommy Roque and State Representative Kenny Cox.

A Natchitoches praise dance group provided entertainment.
Retired 1st Sgt. James Gay of Natchitoches is a veteran of the US Army, and his 27-year military career spanned three wars. His brother, Woodrow Gay, accepted the award presented by Kenny Cox and Batiste on his behalf.

Campbell and Johnny Cox presented the award to Don Kelly and Roque presented the award to Ward.

The night included musical selections by D’etria Johnson and Betty Husk.

CDA president is Harold Bayonne and chaplain is Ronnie Williams.

The event was well attended by family, friends, elected officials, candidates and community representatives.


Guest speaker was Herbert Batiste.


A praise dance team from churches around the Natchitoches area provided entertainment.


From left are Foster Campbell, award recipient Don Kelly, Deborah Bayonne, Johnny Cox and Kenny Cox.


Woodrow Gay accepted the award for his brother, James Gay, from Cynthia King.