|The Reverend Edgar Clement Dufresne was born November 23, 1902, in Houma, Louisiana. As a young man, he began preparing himself for a life dedicated to fulltime pastoral ministry. He went to Centenary College of Shreveport for both his high school and undergraduate education. He graduated with honors.
He was not only an excellent student, but was also an outstanding preacher. He served with a deep sense of commitment his pastorates at Wynn Memorial and Wesley Churches in Shreveport, Jena, Rochelle, Springhill, Ferriday, Lake Providence, Gretna, Opelousas, Gueydan, Rayne, Watson, Haughton, and as visiting minister for the Noel Church in Shreveport following his retirement.
Brother Dufresne married the former Hattie Duplantis of Lydia, Louisiana, in 1927. Several new parsonages were built under their leadership. Many parsonages across our state have been brightened and blessed by their presence, and sharing with others over a cup of coffee. One friend in the ministry stated “she knew of no couple to have more loyal and appreciative friends than have Edgar and Hattie.”
His sister, Mrs. Morris Hyman, said to me that she wished she had one of Edgar’s greatest gifts, which was his ability to speak in such a moving and sincere way to God. One had no doubt that the line of communication was true and sure.
The smile that seemed to be consistently on Brother Dufresne’s face was a symbol of that life that continues on in an eternal home that has been prepared just for him. We know that the many admirable Christian traits of Edgar Dufresne will not only continue their new expression in the eternal home, but also will forever inspire us who have known and loved him.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 172 By Stone W. Caraway|