|John Scarf was born in Swartz, Louisiana, on February 14, 1930, and died at his residence in Monroe, Louisiana on October 22, 2004 at the age of 74 years. John was preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothea Scarf and a sister, Jo Ann Scarf. He is survived by his wife Lynella Cruse Russell Scarf; a son, Timothy Scarf of Jackson, Mississippi; a daughter, Amy Browning of Birmingham, Alabama; a stepson, Kirby Russell of Oak Grove, Louisiana; two sisters, Janice St. Clair and Judy Cowart; and three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, three step grandchildren, and ten step great grandchildren.
John was a graduate of Ouachita Parish High School, Mississippi College, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
John’s ministry began in another denomination. His first appointment in the Louisiana Annual Conference was to the Fitzgerald-Waldheim charge in June of 1970. He was received into full connection on May 31, 1974, and took disability leave in June of 1994 after having served ten churches in the Louisiana Conference. His total ministry spanned forty-four years.
John was known for his outstanding preaching and Bible teaching. Having been such a well-read person, his teaching and preaching were both biblically and theologically sound. Upon retirement, John and Lynella became an active part of First United Methodist of Monroe. In that congregation, as in each congregation he served, he endeared himself to all by his kind and loving spirit.
R. Larry Stafford
|Source: 2005 Journal|