|Henry Gage was born on April 3, 1922, in Hempstead, Texas and died November 12, 1985. He is survived by his daughter, Denise G. Nickel and her husband, Albert F. Mickel, one granddaughter, Katina 0. Campbell, Odessa Mac Donald and Effie Lee Harris; one brother Izre E. Melvir two uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held November 16, 1985, in the St. Mark United Methodist Church; leading the service was Dr. Moses T. Jackson, District Superintendent, Baton Rot District. Internment was in the Bellivue Memorial Park Cemetery.
Brother Gage was a teacher, a principal and a preacher. A lover of children and youth, a strong believer in the basics in public education; he served as teacher and principal of Mt. Zion Elementary School, Cut Off, Louisiana for eight years and as assistant principal of West Thibodaux Junior High. He served as superintendent of Sager Brown School of Baldwin, Louisiana. He felt called of God to enter the Christian ministry through the United Methodist Church which he so deeply loved. He was admitted to the Louisiana Conference in 1965. He has been pastor in Houma-Gray Circuit, and the St. Mark United Methodist Church in Opelousas. He also served in the armed forces of the United States for four years.
He attended Wiley College, receiving a B.S. degree. He attended Xavier University, New Orleans for post-graduate studies. He graduated from Nichols State University, Thibodaux with a Master’s post-graduate studies to a 30-hour status.
Brother Gage will be sorely missed. He will be fondly remembered and cherished. Students, teachers, parents, church members – young and old will loved him for what he stood for and for what he gave. For what he gave was what he knew he had received — Grace!
Brother Henry Gage, like the Lord he loved and served, was a grace-giver.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 278 By Louis L. Streams, Jr.|