Finas Pleasant Corie, born August 14, 1917 in west Louisiana, departed this life on February 23, 2008 in Jena at the age of 90. Burial followed on February 25 in Jena.
Finas served his Lord Jesus Christ faithfully as a pastor in Methodist churches from the early 1950’s until the time of his retirement in 1983. Congregations in Dry Prong, Pineville, West Monroe, Harrisonburg, Bienville, Hall Summit, Ball, Quitman, Marion, Cotton Valley, Lafayette, Mer Rouge, and Lake Charles knew him as their pastor, Brother Corie. Additionally, he served other churches in LaSalle Parish and the surrounding area after he retired from the itinerant ministry.
He was preceded in death by Lois Strozier Corie, his dear wife of nearly 64 years at the time of her death in August 2002, and a son, John Marvin Corie in 1939. He leaves behind a son, Harley, and wife, Pat, recently of St. Francisville, Louisiana; a son, Michael and wife, Joy, of Ruston, Louisiana; a daughter, Betty Wilson and husband Ardis, of Conroe, Texas; a son, Martin and wife, Sarah, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He leaves also eighteen grandchildren (including spouses), 19 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. He will be missed by special friends and loved ones who faithfully ministered to him in his last years.
Finas enjoyed an active life until the past several months when ill health robbed him of his time lovingly spent gardening. He was always fond of the myriad of fruit trees, vines, and bushes that he cultivated on his property. At each parsonage along the history of his appointments by the church, he always found a spot for a garden and added plantings to make the place to his own liking. Perhaps the only thing Finas enjoyed more than gardening was reading, talking and preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ, whose triumphant return he eagerly anticipated. Finas was ready for that blessed event and he earnestly prayed that all he met would likewise look forward and “look up” as the Day approaches.Source: 2008 Louisiana Conference Journal