|Essie Stephens Carrington was born October 7, 1903,in Provencal, Louisiana. The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Stephens, she was one of six children. Essie graduated from Normal State College in Natchitoches and later received a Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas. As a schoolteacher she used her education in a creative and loving manner.
The Love of her life was Lovice Attain Carrington, Whom she married March 6, 1926, and their union lasted more than half a century. The two of them were parted by his death on May 24, 1977. The Carrington’s were the proud parents of three sons, Dr. Stephens D. Carrington, Lovice A. Carrington, Jr. and Dr. Stuart G. Carrington. Eight grandchildren end five great-grandchildren were part of the family that Essie loved so dearly.
Her love for her husband and her love for the church made Essie the ideal preacher’s wife. Together they served churches at Sibley, Hall Summitt, Plain Dealing, Lisbon, Benton, Olla, Holly Springs, Carroll Creed, and Noel Memorial. Time was also given serving our country, as Reverend Carrington served the U.S. Army as Chaplain and later as Chaplain at Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreveport.
Those of you who knew Essie, know what a gracious lady she was. Always the perfect lady, beautifully dressed and never without her special smile that could bring sunshine into any room. Even when failing health required that she spend the remainder of her days in a nursing home, she never lost her beautiful smile.
On September 11, 1987, the Heavenly Father took Essie to her eternal home. Those who knew and loved Essie will never forget this special person and her unselfish life. We give thanks to God for sharing in the life of Essie Carrington.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1988, p.184-185……….By Ryan Horton, Jr.|