Spears, Cornelius

1/25/1938

CORNELIUS SPEARS
Dec. 25, 1871 - Jan. 25, 1938
 
Cornelius Spears was born in. Clinton, La., December 25, 1871 and died. at Baldwin, La., January 25, 1938. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Moses Spears. For many years he served as pastor district superintendent, and was noted throughout the conference as a preacher, pastor and builder.
He became an elder in the Louisiana Conference in the year of 1906. During his ministry, he served the following appointments: Torras and Lettsworth, four years; Port Allen, four years; Donaldsonville, four and a half years; Franklin, four years; Jeanerette, five years; Lake Charles, three years, here he built a beautiful and magnificent edifice; Baton Rouge—Wesley, one year; where he paid the church out of. debt and painted the exterior; Peck Memoria1, New Orleans, one year; at this appointment he succeeded in remodeling the parsonage; Monroe District as district superintendent, for six years; Opelousas, one year; Morgan City, one year; Napoleonville one year, and back to Port Allen to repeat himself for three years His final appointment was Trinity Church, Baldwin, La., where the parsonage was remodeled under his administration.
At Clinton, La., January 16, 1888, he was united in marriage to Miss Endora Boatuer, who worked to help make him a success until her end came in 1925. To this union seven children were born, of which one son, Jefferson Spears, died in 1934. Later he married Miss. Florence Waters who was with him in the end.
Funeral services were conducted from Wesley Chapel, Baton Rouge, LA. January 29, 19938. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Florence Spears four daughters, Mrs. Eunice Hollier, Mrs. Pearl Taylor, Mrs. Anna Belle .Dairis and Miss Lillie Spears; two sons, Mr. James Spears and Rev. Augustus G. Spears; nine grandchildren and a host of sorrowing friends.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, 1937