August 4, 1926 - November 2, 2005
|The Rev. Lloyd Anderson “Andy” Foreman was born on August 4, 1926 and died at home in Lockport, Louisiana on November 2, 2005 after a lengthy illness.
Survived by his wife, the Reverend Peggy Foreman, four children and eight grandchildren, he had served as a UMC pastor for more than fifty of his seventy-nine years. The Louisiana churches he served include First Church, Alexandria, St. Mark’s in New Orleans, Luling, Memorial (Mathews), Bayou Blue, and Algiers; he also served in churches in Nebraska and Massachusetts, and for a significant amount of time maintained a ministry as a traveling evangelist.
A dynamic speaker and an energetic force in and out of the pulpit, Rev. Foreman devoted his ministry to a constant celebration of the tenets of the Wesleyan tradition, all of it firmly supported by a scriptural foundation. A significant portion of this witness was devoted to his constant exhortation to justice and fairness in private and public places, positions that inevitably led to his becoming a civil rights activist. Both his life and his ministry are typified by a stand he took in 1960, when the New Orleans public school system began to be integrated. With no other white parents coming out in favor of civil rights or permitting their children to attend school, Rev. Foreman would walk his daughter Pam to school every day, past a gauntlet of curses and threats. It received national press coverage, but it was done simply because it was the right thing to do, and Andy Foreman was a man to practice what he preached, even at the risk of his own life. His entire service as a United Methodist minister, in fact, was made up of such principled actions and spiritual advocacy, all of it backed up by rigorous study, intense scholarship, and immense enthusiasm.
It was perfectly clear, when seeing him in action, that Rev. Foreman loved what he did; nor could there by any doubt of his total conviction and his complete absorption in the meaning as well as the letter of the Scriptures. Every sermon made it clear that ministry was his true calling, and throughout that ministry he served the church as well as it served him.
In the final years of his life his body may have failed, but neither his mind nor his spirit were in any way impaired. To the very end he remained the forcefully committed steward he had always been; a man whose words backed up his deeds, whose passion was underlined by compassion, whose delight in Christian teachings made his faith and commitment evident and available to all who knew him.
|Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006|