Alexander, Mrs. B.F.

1/1/1912

MRS. B.F. ALEXANDER
? - 1912
 
Sister Alexander was a daughter of Brother Butterworth, a member of the Bellebower Church, on the Keachie Circuit, in the Shreveport District. She was brought up in that community, and was first married to Brother Jeptha Landrum during the year 1864 or 1865. Shortly after their marriage Brother Landrum located, and they went to Galveston, Tex. Here Brother Landrum lost his moorings and drifted out of the ministry and the Church. Had it not been for the saving influence of this godly and faithful woman he would have made a complete shipwreck of his life and soul. In the year 1877 Brother J. T. Davis and I called upon them while on our way from Shreveport, via Galveston, to Conference in New Orleans. They were keeping an eating and boarding house, and were in straitened circumstances, Brother Landrum being more or less dissipated; but she was firm and steadfast in the faith. Brother Davis and I urged Brother Landrum to return to the work of the Master, but he hesitated on the ground that he had betrayed his trust and feared that God would not accept his offering. But Brother Davis, sustained by his dear, faithful, and devoted wife and me, urged him to return, assuring him that God could have mercy, would forgive and accept. Either at the end of that year or the year following they returned to Mansfield, where he had surrendered his credentials twelve years before. By that Quarterly Conference he was recommended for reinstatement into the ministry and Conference. Without a dissenting voice the Conference restored him and restored his credentials, after which he did several years of -good work for us. No one had more to do with his restoration than the dear woman who is the subject of this memoir, and no one rejoiced more than she. His last work was the Evergreen charge; and in that county he died in 1885 or 1886, leaving his dear wife running a small place in that country, where she taught school. And another preacher found her, wooing and winning her heart and hand. They were married during the year 1888 and lived together three years, when he died, leaving her a widow indeed. I am persuaded by what I saw of her that she was a model preacher's wife. She had no children, and was left alone by the death of Brother Alexander, which occurred in 1892, if I mistake not. She then came to Caddo Parish and lived with her brother in the old community. I was her pastor during the years 1893 and 1894, and found her very useful in the Church and a great help to her pastor. She took great pleasure in the work of Christ, and helped-yea, was the heart of-the woman's work in that Church. I have seen but little of her since that time, as she went to Texas, and I heard of her only through the Joint Board of Finance; but I am sure that she died as she had lived, honoring and serving her Master, and that while we are doing the Master honor through her she is giving him glory and praise with the disembodied host beyond the river.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1912, pages 70-71, by Robert Randel.