Taylor, Alta Garfield

1/1/1993

1913-1993
 
A. G. Taylor was born in the Point Community in North Central Louisiana on January 13, 1913. After graduating from Downsville High School, he enrolled in Louisiana Tech in 1936, received his B.A. degree in 1940 and his B.D. degree from Perkins School of Theology, SMU, in 1943.
A. G. Taylor and Inda Mae Wright of Ruston were married in June 6, 1942. Three fine
sons were born to them: The Rev. John Roddy Taylor, a member of the Louisiana Conference; Jack Henry Taylor, an executive in Ruston State Bank; and Robert Edward Taylor, PhD, a nuclear chemist in Woodlands, TX.
In 1940, Rev Taylor was admitted into the Louisiana Conference on probation and was
ordained a Deacon. Admitted into Full Connection in 1943, he was ordained an Elder in 1944 and served continuously and faithfully until his retirement in 1980. He and Inda Mae lived in their retirement home in Gibsland until the time of his death just one month after his eightieth birthday.
A memorial service was conducted for A. G. in Ruston on Thursday, March 4, 1993, with burial in the Longstraw Cemetery afterward. The memorial message made reference to the well-loved hymn “Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone?” A burden is that which is thrust upon us without consent. A cross is that which we take upon ourselves voluntarily. Jesus took the cross upon himself, and never bore it alone as long as A. G. Taylor lived. The call to the ministry was a matter of pride and gratitude for A. G., and he carried that responsibility with joyful dedication for the rest of his life. He and Inda Mae served congregations from one end of Louisiana to the other and made constructive contributions in every appointment regardless of the number or size of churches under their care. His ministry involved a sense of humor that reflected the deep joy in his soul. His was a courage born of unshakable faith that enabled him to seek and achieve education despite a crippled leg and few financial resources in his early endeavors. His sharing of the cross of Christ was the result of a commitment without condition or limit, and is best described in Thomas Shepherd’s closing words:
“The consecrated cross I’ll bear Till death shall set me free; And then go home my
crown to wear, for there’s a crown for me.” Amen.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1993; p. 237 By Dr. Douglas L. McGuire