|“The pretty and accomplished Miss Hattie Kirby, daughter of
of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Kirby , of Harvell, Mill, La., was
married last Sunday to Rev. William Andrew Mangum, Pastor
of the Second Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, La., Rev.
J. S. Rutledge, officiating.”
The above information, in the form of a newspaper clipping, found in the back of an old family Bible, marked the beginning of Mrs. Hattie K. Mangum in the ministry of the Methodist Church. Up until this time she had been an active member of the Grangeville Baptist Church, serving as organist and choir member. She and Rev. Mangum met while he was Junior Pastor of Pipken’s Chapel Methodist Church on the Pine Grove Circuit.
Mrs. Mangum died on April 4, 1974, while taking her usual afternoon nap. She was buried on Saturday, April 6, 1974, which would have been her 85th birthday, in the Grangeville Cemetery, Grangeville, La.
Mrs. Mangum and Rev. Mangum were blessed with four children, three sons and a daughter. Rev. Mangum and two of the sons, Walton and Amos, preceded her in death. Following the death of her pastor-husband in March, 1922, she moved from Shreveport, La., where they were serving the Queensborough Methodist Church, back to Harvell Mill, La., living there with her mother and father for three years. From 1925-1932 she and three of the children made their home in Baton Rouge, La., and she was an active member in the Istrouma Methodist Church. Once again, because of the depression, she and the children moved back to St. Helena Parish to live with her mother and father, and they were active members of the Pipken’s Chapel Methodist Church.
Years later (1950), Mrs. Mangum made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Modie J. Harrell (daughter-Louise) of Zachary, La.
In 1972 she came to Magee, Miss., to make her home with Rev. and Mrs. Wallace T. Mangum, her minister son and daughter-in-law. Her son was pastor of United Methodist Church of Magee. At the 1973 Mississippi Annual Conference the Mangums were appointed to the Broad Street UMC, Hattiesburg, Miss. Mrs. Hattie Mangum, now a part of this parsonage family, moved with them. She was happy to be close to the active ministry again, and she was well received by the new congregation. She was active in church up until her death, having attended a District Evangelistic Rally on the prior Sunday evening and the usual prayer services on the Wednesday evening before the Thursday she departed this life.
On April 6, 1974, prayer services were held at Moore Funeral Home, Hattiesburg, Miss., conducted by Rev. John M. McCay, Superintendent of the Hattiesburg District, Mississippi Annual Conference. Funeral services were conducted in the Zachary UMC at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6. The Reverent Robert Galatas was in charge of the service. Mrs. Mangum had been a member of this church while living with her daughter and son-in-law.
One of the great satisfactions of her life was that of knowing the congregation of the Queensborough Church in Shreveport, La. changed the name of the church to be a memorial to her late husband—Mangum Memorial Methodist Church. She is survived by Rev. Wallace T. Mangum, Mrs. Modie J. Harrell, four grandchildren, three brothers and one sister, nieces and nephews (Mr. Clyde Edward Hanks, a nephew whom she raised from birth following the death of her youngest sister in childbirth).
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1974; p. 154 By Robert Ed Taylor, Wallace J. Mangum|