|Daniel Ray Deen, son of John Thomas and Miriam King Deen, was born on May 29, 1909, in Bassfield, Mississippi. He attended Carson Elementary School, where he met his wife, Sadie Holloway, with whom he spent 54 happy years. Sadie preceded Daniel in death in 1984.
Reverend Deen is survived by three daughters; Joann Corley, Laura Mays and Becky Thibodeaux; two sons, Edwin and Don; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
In his educational process and preparation for the ministry, Reverend Deen graduated from Perkingston Junior College in Mississippi and Southern Mississippi University in Hattiesburg. He attended Northeastern in Monroe, Louisiana; Northwestern in Natchitoches, Louisiana, as well as the Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas, Texas.
He served his first full time charge at the crossroads Methodist Church in Moselle, Mississippi. He transferred to the Louisiana Conference in 1947 and served his first Louisiana church at the Fisher Charge near Franklinton. He remained in the Louisiana Conference as an active minister until his retirement in 1974, having served eleven charges. One of the charges served was the Urania United Methodist Church (1949-1950) where his memorial service was held on October 4, 1995, The Deens had lived in Urania since 1980.
I became friends with the Deens when they retired in Natchitoches, where I was pastor in the mid-seventies. Brother Deen served on our church staff as a visiting minister. He ministered in a compassionate and loving way to the shut-ins, nursing homes, or to anyone who needed a kind word.
Brother Deen will be remembered as a kind and gentle person, whose genuine character was a source of inspiration and comfort. In a real sense, he was my pastor, and I give thanks to God for his benevolent spirit and humble heart.
He was well known and respected across the Louisiana Conference and has left his legacy of love and compassion with all whom he touched with his life. “Well done good and faithful servant. . . .enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” (Matthew 25.2)
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1996, p. 264, By Rev. Henry C. Blount, Jr.|