|On August 13,1903, God breathed the breath of life into the daughter of the late Frank and Lizzie Compton, whom they named Gladys. The place was southern Rapides Parish in the town of Cheneyville, Louisiana. At an early age, she accepted Jesus as the Pilot of her life and began her spiritual walk with Christ at Wesley-Booneville United Methodist Church.
During her lifetime, she was married to the late Rev. A. M. Taylor who served as a pastor of many churches and a District Superintendent in Louisiana Conference B. She assisted him in the nurturing of five children: Rev. Robert S. Taylor (retired Louisiana Conference minister), Amos, Mattie, Marion and Samuel.
After moving to Alexandria, Louisiana, she united with Newman United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Prayer Group and Parsonage Committee. Beyond the scene of the local church, she was a member of the Alexandria District Parsonettes and attended gatherings of Church Women United of Central Louisiana. Her name remained on the full membership roll of Newman until the inescapable knock of Death called her home to rest with Jesus on Tuesday, January 18,1983.
On January 24, 1983, the family, friends and fellow church members of Miss Gladys, as she was affectionately called by her close friends, gathered together in Newman Church to thank God for her beautiful life. During the eulogy, Reverend Alonzo Campbell reminded the congregation of her beautiful prayers, and the great kindness that she expressed to ministers and their families. Miss Gladys was among the first visitors to welcome them to the parsonage upon his appointment to Newman. District Superintendent Rev. William F. Mayo assisted in the leadership of this inspiring funeral service.
She leaves to cherish her memory one brother, Mr. Chatt H. Compton and wife of Alexandria; four nieces: Gladys W. Harvey of Richmond, California, Vivian Davis of Ontario, Canada, Greather Brooks of New Orleans, Louisiana, Lela Mae Bailey of Beaumont, Texas; two nephews: L. B. Compton of Beaumont, Texas, and Curtis Compton of San Francisco, California; a host of great nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference UMC 1983, Page 193 - By Alonzo J. Campbell|