Duplantis, Eunice V.

8/29/1962

EUNICE V. DUPLANTIS
February 14, 1888 - August 29, 1962
 
Eunice V. Duplantis was born February 14, 1888 near Abbeville. When he was several months old, his family moved to Gueydan, and there he attended elementary and high school. He entered Centenary College in 1917, and was graduated from that institution in 1921. While at Centenary, Brother Dnplantis heard the “Call” to preach and was admitted on trial to the Louisiana Conference in 1922. He attended Perkins School of Theology at Dallas, but could not complete his course of study there. Life was not easy for Brother Duplantis. He had more than his share of steps to climb and dark valleys with their shadows, but through it all, he kept the faith. He preached for fifteen years in this Conference, during which he served the Church at Pecan Island, Cameron, and Gueydan. Perhaps the greatest thrill of his ministry came when lie was assigned to the Church at Gueydan, his hometown. So often he spoke of observing his brethren first as a neighbor, and, later, as their pastor. In 1936 he was forced by personal circumstances to abandon the active ministry, but he continued to serve as a local preacher in every community in which he lived. He was readmitted to the Louisiana Conference and superannuated on the same day, June 1, 1961. For many years, Brother Duplantis lived in Baton Rouge. He regularly attended the First Methodist Church where he taught the Christian Men’s Forum Sunday School Class. On Sunday morning, he would gather up the children in his neighborhood and take them all to Sunday School. He never missed an opportunity to help the poor and distressed, giving liberally even though his personal income was limited. On August 29, 1962, Brother Duplantis was sitting on his front porch reading his Sunday School lesson when he quietly went to sleep. Perhaps it would be appropriate to quote a few lines from a poem he loved so well:
“I know not where His Islands lift their fronded palms in air,
I only know I cannot drift beyond His love and care.”
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 263, 1963 by Hugh L. Baker, Jr.