Wethers, Carl T.

10/4/1985

 

CARL THEODORE WETHERS
October 4, 1985
 
                       I have fought a good fight,
                        I have finished my course,
                        I have kept the faith……               
                                                                             II Timothy 4:7
 
  Carl Theordore Wethers was the eldest of four children born o the union of the late Dr. William H. Wethers, Sr. and Mrs. Nan Estelle Woodruff Wethers. He was born in Woodville, MS. An early part of his boyhood was spent with his uncle and aunt, the late Bishop and Mrs. A. O. Camphor at Birmingham, AL. He felt that much of the inspiration for his entry into the Christian ministry stemmed from their teaching and guidance.
  He was a product of Baton Rouge Schools. . . attended high school at Southern University; graduated from New Orleans University (now Dillard University) in 1923 with an A.B. degree. Completed all courses of study for the ministry at Gulfside School. He entered the ministry of the United Methodist Church in 1930. He served faithfully the following churches: Hughes, Baton Rouge (11 years); Roberts, Denham Springs (3 years); Morgan City-Berwick (1 year); Grace-New Orleans (8 years); Warren, Lake Charles 93 years); Phillip Memorial, New Orleans(4 years); Camphor Memorial, Baton Rouge (6 years); superintendent of the Baton Rouge District (6 years); and St. Mark Church, Baton Rouge (4 years). The record will reveal that nine new churches were built under his pastorate or as district superintendent. He entered the “Retired” Relationship in 1972, and later served eight years as pastor of the Luther-Whitehall Charge. Following this assignment, which gave him 30 years in the active ministry, he served as “Interim Minister” for the First Presbyterian Church of Scotlandville for over a year.
  He fought a good fight. . .as a member of the Ninth United States Calvary in the United States Army as a member of the Medical Department. He broke the “color barrier” as the first Negro to serve on a Grand Jury in East Baton Rouge Parish, LA since Reconstruction. This was during the “Louisiana Scandals.” He was one of a few Negro Letter Carriers in the Baton Rouge area. For many years he taught and served as Dean of the Methodist Youth Fellowship at Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, MS.
  He finished his course. . . on Friday morning, October 4, 1985, at 4:30 a.m., at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
 
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 1986; p. 290.                 George W. C. Calvin, Sr.