January 18, 1873 - March 3, 1949
|Reverend Alonzo Early was born in East Palestine, Ohio, January 18, 1873, and died in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 3, 1949. He was converted early in life and joined the Congregational Church. He was made a minister in this Church and served in this capacity for eighteen years.
In 1895 Brother Early was happily married to Miss Grace Leona Dickson. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive him. They are: Mrs. K. S. Thompson, Mrs. J. M. Caffall, J. B. and Miss Kathryn Early.
He graduated from the school of theology in Oberlin, Ohio, with a PhD. degree in 1897. He received his B. D. degree from this same college in 1903. He was transferred to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1916, where be served effectively for twenty-three years.
Brother Early was a good and useful man, possessing those gifts and graces which made him a good minister of Jesus Christ, and a useful member of the Louisiana Annual Conference. He filled some of the most important appointments, in the state, where he served with’ great satisfaction to all to whom he was privileged to minister. He had a genius for friendship; he loved people, and because his heart was warm and tender people loved him, and the good flavor of his Christian life became the rich heritage of those whom he served.
Brother Early was jealous for the good name of the Methodist Church, and was careful not to do anything that would in any way weaken the influence of this institution in which he had invested his life. His record as a minister was clean and fine down to the very end.. The days of his superannuation was spent quietly and happily in the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, surrounded by the members of his family, who loved him with a deep and beautiful devotion. Here he made many friends who helped to make the evening time of his life beautiful and peaceful. He was buried in Forest Park cemetery March 4, 1949, services being conducted by Dr. F. M. Freeman and Dr. Henry Bowdon. I count it a privilege to have known intimately this good man, and shall carry the memory of his warm-hearted friendship with me to the end of the way.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 112-113, 1949 by F. M. Freeman.|