|On Tuesday, May 24, 1977, Lovice Alton Carrington, Sr., after having been ill for a prolonged period, received his final appointment from the Lord—to the Church Triumphant. By his death, the Louisiana Conference lost one of its most beloved ministers and a host lost a warm personal friend.
Alton was born in Carthage, Texas on May 25, 1904 and lived a life of service and love. He was admitted on trial in Texas in 1928 and served pastorates there until 1933 when he entered the Louisiana Conference. His pastorates included Sibley, Hall Summitt, Plain Dealing, Lisbon, Benton, Olla, and Holly Springs-Carroll Creek. Interspersed among these pastorates were periods as chaplain in the U. S. Army in 1947 and 1948 and chaplain at Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreveport in 1963 and 1964. In 1965 he began a three-year relationship with Noel Memorial in Shreveport, where he served as Associate Minister and from which he retired.
Statistics cannot tell of the life and influence of one such as Alton Carrington, for in each of his pastorates, in each of his chaplaincies, he met and influenced people for the better. He guided and directed them. He comforted and strengthened them. He loved them. And, wherever he has been, his influence quietly lives on. He is to be remembered for his keen wit and humor but also for his compassion and understanding. Even in those last years, when illness did its best to keep him down, he remained in good spirits and strong in his faith.
Alton Carrington is survived by his beloved wife of more than half a century, Mrs. Essie Stephens Carrington; three sons, Dr. Stephens D. Carrington, Lovice A. Carrington, Jr., and Dr. Stewart G. Carrington; his mother, Mrs. Lucy Carrington; two sisters, Mrs. Chester White and Mrs. Bill Baker; two brothers, Mr. B. L. Carrington and Mr. B. F. Carrington; eight grandchildren and three great-children.
His life was filled with devotion and dedication. His death was triumphant. So we can say with the apostle Paul, he fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1977, p. 168 By J. Albert Trickett|