Bodie, Luther A.

6/24/1985

October 29, 1905 - June 24, 1985
 
Luther A Bodie was born October 29, 1905 and died June 24, 1985. He received his education in several schools including Westminister Theological Seminary and Northwestern State College, where he received his A.B. degree. In 1927 he was licensed to preach and ordained elder in 1933.
Brother Bodie served churches in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. After 27 years of service, he retired because of ill health and a voice problem.
He was a lover of poetry, have had several poems published in priodicals. He then published a book of poetry entitled, “ Christ Statue and Other Poems.” The following poem is one he wrote about his early retirement. I personally can identify with him after having to retire ear1y because of a voice problem.

RETIRED AT FORTY—NINE

I didn’t know it would happen to me
A forced retirement so unexpectedly.
Wife and I worked hard to better prepare,
That the Word of God we might declare.
I prayed to reach the upper sphere,
But now I couldn’t seem to care.

Although my goal was set afar,
There seemed to be no door ajar.
Born with an “inherently weak voice,”
I was left with no choice;
That is, if I were not to do amiss,
In blaming someone for all of this.

At forty-nine I should have been strong,
But I had no voice to speak for long;
And I had a constant pain of the spine,
From the second injury near thirty-nine.

For years I yearned to reach my goal;
The effects would have made joys unfold;
For many years we worked for the minimum set,
Which the Discipline required should be met.

From childhood I enjoyed singing a song;
And now I have no voice to sing for long.
But still I will preach a little somehow;
Thereby to my Lord I will keep my vow.

Because of the trouble with my voice,
I came to forty-nine with no other choice,
But to start life’s work all over again;
With prayer and toil that I might win.

Brother Bodie was preceded in death by his wife, Elah Shows Bodie and is survived by one son, L. Wendell Bodie of Baton Rouge.

Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 270 By Carey A. Martin