|On Wednesday, October 14, 1992, Rex Squyres fell into that dream sleep to enter into his eternal rest.
Brother Rex’s favorite passage was Isaiah 40:31: “but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they mount us with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Rex started his journey on June 14, 1908, at Clear Creek near Pollock, Louisiana. He was the fifth child of thirteen born to Haywood and Sarah Squyres.
In June 1928, Rex was united in marriage to Bertha Frost. They were blessed with six children, 23 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and five great great-grandchildren.
Rex and Bertha started their ministry together with the Tehuacana charge in the Texas Methodist Protestant Conference. In the Louisiana Conference they served: Grayson, Sibley, Oil City, Hall Summit, Houma Heights, Westlake, Kinder and Moss Bluff.
On May 23, 1971, Rex was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from Centenary College of Louisiana.
Dr. Squyres served 15 years as Executive Secretary of Non-Metropolitan Ministries and was elected as delegate to both General and Jurisdictional Conference. He was on the Executive Committee of the Conference Board of Missions and played a major part in the merger of Conference A and B.
To quote Dr. Squyres, “I never got a large salary, but always went wherever I was sent, and I always did what I was told. I feel that everything that I have and everything that I was, was a product of the United Methodist Church.”
Dr. Squyres helped to organize and build many churches and parsonages across our conference. The church in Ragley was named after him, Squyres United Methodist Church. He served as Pastor Emeritus at First United Methodist Church of Kinder until the time of his death.
Our deepest sympathy goes to the Squyres family. We feel very honored to have had and Mrs. Bertha be part of our conference and our lives.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1993; p. 237 By Rev. Darryl A. Tate|