Aug. 16, 1919 - June 6, 2009
A Godly life ended Saturday, June 6, 2009 when the Reverend Wilbert Christopher August, Sr. was taken from us. We know he is at rest with our heavenly Father. After much suffering, the Lord took him unto Himself, where there is no more pain and no more falling of a tear.
There are three steps we must travel to heaven, out of self, into Christ and into Glory. Rev. August took the first two steps in life and lived a beautiful life in Christ. Now he has taken the final step. We know he is satisfied and that he is reaping that great reward reserved for the faithful.
Rev. August was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, minister, friend and teacher who had a passion for life and a joy for God's people.
Born in Belle Rose, Louisiana August 16, 1919 to Richard August and Ada Narcisse August, Rev. August attended Belle Alliance Grade School in Belle Rose and graduated from Lowery High School in Donaldsonville , Louisiana . He enrolled at Southern University and received a Bachelors' in Industrial Arts. He later received his Masters and Plus Thirty from Southern University. He did continuing education at Gammon Theological Seminary, through an Extension Program, where he completed the requirements to become an elder in the United Methodist Church .
On June 21, 1946 he married his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life Evelyn Williams. To this union six sons were born: Wilbert Jr. (Skippy), Weldon Adair, Donald Ray, Terrence Sylvester, Eddie Jordan and Anglin Joseph August.
A World War II Army Veteran, Rev. August served his country during the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He received his honorable discharge in 1945. He was a member of Barnette Harrison American Legion Post 502.
Rev. August was a teacher, minister and builder. He taught for many years at Greenville Park High School in Hammond , Louisiana and later transferred to East Baton Rouge Parish Schools where he taught Industrial Arts at Capitol Senior High and Valley Park Junior High Schools . As a minister, he served the Louisiana Conference from 1948-1985. Rev. August, along with his wife, was instrumental in helping many young people as they ministered in the Louisiana Conference. Over a period of thirty-seven years, Rev. August served as the pastor of the Robert's Chapel , Jordan , Scott's Chapel and Shiloh United Methodist Churches .
Using his teaching skills and his knowledge of carpentry, he successfully built Jordan , St. James, and Scott's Chapel United Methodist Churches . Several other churches were built from plans he submitted to the General Board of the Methodist Church . Rev. August, after retiring, became a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church where he was founder of the St. Mark Endowment Fund. In October of 2004 he was named Pastor Emeritus of the Jordan United Methodist Church .
Rev. August was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Richard, Jr., Robert and Edward August and one sister Ora Fortner.
Rev. August leaves to celebrate his life, his loving and devoted wife, Evelyn Williams August; six sons and daughters-in-law, Wilbert “Skippy” (Kumpo) Jr., Weldon (Annie), Eddie (Freda) all of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Donald (Wendy) of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, Terrence (Cynthia) of Franklinton, Louisiana, and Anglin Joseph (Kay) of New Albany, Mississippi; a grandson and a nephew whom he raised, Robert August and Eddie (Elvira) Sanford; one sister, Emelda Anderson, Belle Rose, Louisiana; sixteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, three Godchildren and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2010