|Rupert Darrold Coles was born to Clyde and Ola Mai Coles in Breckenridge, Texas on February 25, 1924. Being the native Texan he was, Rupert left home to attend both Texas A & M University and the University of Texas. Rupert was trained in civil engineering, and after completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees, worked in the pipeline industry before answering the call to ordained ministry.
After answering the call to ministry, Rupert attended Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and was ordained in the Methodist Church, and began his pastorate in the Texas Conference. Rupert left his native Texas in 1955 and transferred to the Louisiana Conference where he served until his retirement in 1990. Rupert served churches throughout the Louisiana Conference beginning with Mooringsport and retiring from the Logansport-Bethel charge. Additionally, he served Tallulah; Thibodaux; Love Chapel-Haughton; Lake Charles-Simpson; Caddo Heights-Keithville; and St. Marks-Redeemer in New Orleans.
Rupert’s ministry was characterized by his absolute love of and concern for people. He lived the Gospel in active ministry and in retirement. He took seriously the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40—“And the King will tell them, ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me’.” His love and compassion for people was exhibited even in death as he donated his body to LSU Medical School for research purposes.
Rupert is survived by his wife, Mellissa Kneece Coles; son, Paul F. Coles; daughter, Suzanne Coles DeBlanc and husband, A. C. Rupert is also survived by four grandchildren.
Robert “Bill” DeBusk
|Source: 2005 Journal|