July 18, 1870 - May 28, 1951
|To know the Lord increases our gain;
To walk with the Lord rejoices the twain;
To work for the Lord will remove all stain;
To die in the Lord proves death is vain.
Henry Bascom Hines was born in Rankin County, Mississippi, on July 18, 1870, the son of William Benjamine Hines and Lucy Ann Gates Hines. He attended private and public schools in Mississippi, and later Millsaps College, from which he was graduated.
He entered upon the teaching profession, and among other places in his early professional life, he moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, and taught in the Indian Territory for two years. He was principal of die high schools in Coushatta, Abbeville, Colfax, and Rayne, La.
December 25, 1889, he and Miss Susie May McKnight were married, and she became his faithful companion and helper in all his public and private activities throughout life, and she with a son, Henry Capers Hines, and a daughter, Mrs. Lillith Lelane Gisclard, survive him.
Brother Hines was licensed a local preacher at Thomasville, Mississippi, July, 1891. He served under the direction of his various pastors in whatever way he was called upon. In November, 1920, Dr. R. H. Wynn, Presiding Elder, appointed him to the Cedar Grove church, where he served as pastor until November, 1921, when he was admitted on trial in the Louisiana Conference. During this time of service in the local ranks, he was ordained Deacon in 1897 and Elder in 1908. He was admitted into full connection as a member of the Louisiana Conference in the Methodist church in November, 1925. Among the pastorates served are Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, Spring Hill, Elizabeth, Jackson, Lake Providence, Amite and St. Marks Center in New Orleans.
He joined Colfax Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, in April, 1900, and remained a member of the order until death. He was also a member of Shreveport Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Ascension Commandry of Knights Templar, Shreveport Consistory of Scottish Rite Masons, and El Karubah Temple of the Shrine. He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and in March, 1932, was elected Worthy Grand Patron of the Order in the Grand Chapter of Louisiana, the highest honor with in the gift of his Brothers and Sisters.
On May 28, 1951, Rev. H. B. Hines closed the book and laid down the working tools of the Grand Master of the Universe, and went to claim the reward of those who have remained faithful unto death.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 161-162, 1952 by Sidney A. Seegers.|