Rev. Horace D. Kimball was born in the State of Louisiana, in Sparta, Bienville Parish, August 23, 1861. It was his happiness in the good providence of God to be born of godly parents and early to know the blessedness of the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The great majority of the good and godly in the earth have come forth and have been the outcome of Christian homes.
Brother Kimball was of a pronounced and ardent constitution, and wholesoulness was a characteristic of his nature. What his hands found to do he did it with his might. He felt deeply his need of Christ, he sought earnestly as one who would take the Kingdom of Heaven by violence, and he happily found the sin-pardoning Saviour. Keeping back no part of the price, he fully consecrated himself to his Redeeming Lord. He felt called of God and moved by the Holy Ghost to take upon him the office and work of the ministry. He was licensed and became for a time a local preacher, December, 1880, by the Quarterly Conference at Minden.
He entered Centenary College February 1881, resolved to make himself a workman that needeth not to be ashamed. After his graduation, the presiding elder of New Orleans District employed him to fill a vacancy in the Moreau Street Church until the close of the Conference year. He was then recommended as a suitable person to be received on trial in the Louisiana Annual Conference, and he was received at the Conference at Minden, 1885. His ministry was so satisfactory that the Moreau Street Church desired his return. These pleasant and profitable relations continued without abatement or change for four years. He was eminently social, and warmly genial and made friends on all sides. His voice was loud and sweet, his manner ardent and transparently simple. He was sympathizing and tenderly pathetic. He was endowed with a good share of declamatory power and able to arrest and hold the attention of his hearers, and his ministry was crowned with much gracious result. His ministerial services were in wide request, and his self-sacrificing zeal scarcely ever permitted him to refuse a call. Doubtless he was over-worked in body and in brain--the brightness of the flame consumed the fuel that fed it, the keenness of the blade cut the scabbard that held it, and the rose wasted away in its own odors. But an inspired man in view of life’s woes and perils, said it was “better to depart and be with Christ,” and uninspired heathens said that those the immortal Gods love die early. An honored father, brothers, and a loved wife and sweet babies mourn his loss; and we that stood shoulder to shoulder with him and exchanged shots with the enemy shall miss a soldier from our ranks. We shall see his genial smile and hear his clarion tones no more, but he sleeps well, for he rests in the arms of redeeming love, and through grace we shall doubtless meet again.
After a brief illness of eleven days, in his 27th year, he passed out of the body and onward to the home of the good.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1888|