|On March 26, 1976 God called to the Heavenly Home one of His most devoted, conscientious, consecrated, and humble servants, Rev. Robert Hill “Bob” Hearne. His transfer of membership was made from the church militant to the church triumphant as he lived—quietly and serenely. To those who knew him casually, Brother Bob was an ordinary preacher, but to those who knew him well, he was extraordinary. I thought of him as my pastor and friend. He gave me, as well as many other young and experienced preachers, a chance.
Bro. Hearne, son of Rev. Elijah Oliver and Margaret Hearne, was born December 15, 1897 at Chatham, Louisiana. He grew up in a Methodist parsonage, one of fourteen children. His early schooling was meager, but by extraordinary effort and listening to the voice of God, he was able to minister well.
At the age of 19 he married Velma Virginia Cox. To this union were born two daughters, Marjorie and Yvonne.
In 1929 he was ordained a minister in the former Methodist Protestant Church. He retired in 1950 due to ill health but continued to serve as pastor of several churches until 1969. He served sixteen churches: Mt. Pleasant, Zoar, Brooklyn, Concord, Walnut Grove, Pine Grove, Wilhite, Claiborne, Athens, Bonita, Simsboro, Hilly, Antioch, Salem, Bethel, and Mr. Nebo. At the time of his death he was Minister Emeritus at the Southside United Methodist Church, Monroe.
As we look at the ministry of Bro. Bob and Mrs. Hearne, affectionately known as “Miss Ginny,” we see a reflection of the tender and loving ministry of the Holy Spirit; the compassion and concern of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and the unending love of God, the Father.
We thank our Heavenly Father for Robert “Bob” Hearne. He blessed us in so many ways. To be separated from him here breaks our hearts, but we have the assurance that we may meet him once again in that holy place where he has gone.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1976, p.135 By Lea Joyner|