November 13, 1885 - April 23, 1945
|Rev. John Franklin Dring, son of John Francis and John Calhoun Dring, was born at Antioch, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, November 13, 1885. He was called home to God, and departed this life at Gibbsland, April 23, 1945, living 59 years, 5 months and 10 days.
He was converted and joined the Methodist Church when a small boy of scarcely ten years of age, and became a devoted, loyal member of the Church. He secured his limited education in the public school of his community. He was licensed to preach in the summer of 1913, and immediately began to serve as a supply preacher, serving for, ten years in that capacity. He was admitted on trial into the Annual Con-ference in 1923 and in full connection, and ordained Deacon in 1925. He was ordained Elder in 1927. During his 32 years of active ministry he served the following charges in the order named: Pineville, Ringgold, Haynesville, Claiborpe Oil Field, Sibley, Athens, Jonesbora, Pleasant Hill, Haughton-Doyline, Riinggold the second time, Dubach, Sterlington, Mooringsport, Oak Ridge, and Gibsland.
He was married to Miss Sibbie Smith, daughter of Presley and Jane Smith, of his home
community, January 5th, 1904. Seven children, Mrs. Lillie Mae McKibben, Frank, Armon,
Grady, Mrs. Virginia Byars and Mrs. Jane Faye Jones, and the heart-broken will remain to
mourn his loss. He was a devoted husband and father.
Brother Dring was a devoted and loyal member of the Conference, and rendered faithful and diligent service as a minister and a pastor. Unpretentious and modest of nature and heart, and recognizing his limitations, he never assumed the roll of a leader, but was content to serve his Master and his Church as a faithful and devoted pastor in many of the poorer charges of the Conference. He was a good gospel preacher, and with evangelistic fervor led many to the Christ he loved and served. He was never happier in his ministry than in his last pas-torate at Gibsland. His people were devoted to him. He was anticipat-ing the most successful year of his life when the summons came. He was ready and unafraid answered the called of his Master, “Well done, thou good and faithful Servant, come up Higher.”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 105, 1945 by Robert W. Vaughn|