August 20, 1818 - February 13, 1897
|Rev. E. W. Yancey was born August 20, 1818, in Cumberland County, Virginia, and died in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, February 13, (1 think) 1897. He went to Oxford, North Carolina when about fifteen years old and from there to La Grange, Tennessee, a few months later. Here he worked as a printer with an older brother, who was publishing a paper, “The Western Whig and La Grange Herald.” At eighteen, he was converted and united with the Methodist Church at La Grange in a meeting conducted by J. C. Parker, the Pastor at La Grange, and W. D. F. Sawrie, the Pastor at Memphis. He was licensed to preach during a quarterly conference held during a camp meeting five miles from La Grange. He wrote:
“My license was dated August 25, 1838, signed in behalf of La Grange Station by D. C. McLeod, P. E. of the Memphis District.” He further wrote: “I was twenty years and four days old.” He was admitted on trial by the Tennessee Conference at Huntsville, Alabama, near the close of the year 1838, and appointed Junior Preacher with E. I. Williams on the Paducah Circuit, Paris District. At the Conference held at Nashville in October 1889, he was transferred to the Arkansas Conference and at the session of that Conference he was appointed to Little River Circuit in Louisiana. This was a circuit of eighteen appointments and requiring a travel of 250 miles to make a round. Hard work, exposure and the malaria of the swamps brought on fever, which was so severe and so protracted as to break down his health and at the close of the year he was discontinued. He was admitted into the Louisiana Conference in 1850, having served for some time as supply while in the local ranks. He served the Beouff Prairie Circuit in 1851, the Harrisonburg Circuit in 1852, and located at the close of the year. He supplied the Centreville Circuit in 1859, the Dugdemona Circuit in 1861. He was readmitted at Alexandria, December 1861 and served the follow-ing charges: Columbia, 1862.63; Centreville, 1864,65; Columbia, 1866; Columbia and Harrisonburg, 1867, Harrisonburg, 1868 and 1869; Centreville, 1870; Trinity, 1871. He was made superannuate at the close 1871. Made effective in 1884 and appointed to the Centreville and Jena Circuit. His failing strength was not sufficient to stand the strain of pastoral work, and he was again placed on the superannuate list in 1855 and held that relation until his death.
He was ordained deacon by Bishop Payne at Mansfield, December 19, 1858, and Elder at the same place in December, 1865. He was twice married, first to Miss E. A. Jeffries of Rapides Parish, in July 1841. She died in September1866. His second wife was Mrs. Aber, nee Davis, a niece of Bishop Morris, a worthy and loving helpmate, and she survives him.
As a preacher, he was lucid in statement, convincing in argument and impressive in appeal to the conscience, and won many from their evil ways to a saving knowledge of “the truth as it is in Jesus.” The geographical circle of his labors was small but within that circle he had a large number of friends who loved him devotedly. He was a tender, gentle and true disciple of his Lord. “ He was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and faith.” He feared nothing but sin. He shrank from no responsibility. He stood “in his lot to the end of his days.” He died away from his earthly home, but in sight of the glories of the home beyond: his end was peace. ‘He rests from his labors and his works do follow him.”
|Source: Journal, Louisiana Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, January 1898, Pages 38-39; By ….J. D. Harper|